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Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 5:27 PM

LSO 2023 annual fees increasing, pivot to in-person licensing exams cost around $3.8 million Sidney Troister, Audit & Finance Committee chair

Annual fees for Ontario lawyers and paralegals will be increasing in 2023, as “high inflation rates,” increased adverse claims against legal professionals as well as “unexpected” costs associated with candidates allegedly cheating on the barrister and solicitor licensing exams have driven up the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) expenses. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 10:31 AM

Recent animal gains in criminal law Puppy

July 2022 marked the 200th anniversary of the U.K.'s passage of the groundbreaking animal cruelty statute, Martin's Act, An Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle. Thought to be the first animal welfare legislation in the western world, the 1822 law was enacted to make it illegal to “wantonly and cruelly beat or ill-treat” horses, mules, asses, oxen, cows, sheep or other cattle. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 27, 2022 @ 9:53 AM

ACTIONS - Practice and procedure - Appeals and judicial review

Appeal by the plaintiff Intact Insurance Company (Intact) from the summary dismissal of its action. Intact insured a transportation company against liability for damage to the property of others. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 5:11 PM

[ Legal Wire ] - Court upholds contingency fee costs award in insurance dispute

An Alberta court has upheld a costs award in an “unusual” situation in which an unsuccessful defendant was ordered to pay a chunk of a contingency fee to the plaintiffs’ counsel. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 2:20 PM

Student loan crisis exacerbates access to justice problem in Ontario Debt

Lawyer licensing candidates in Ontario pay more than $90,000 in combined undergraduate and law school tuition fees to obtain their license to practise law. How do students who forego seven years of time and income afford to pay their tuition fees and living expenses given the time commitment and financial investment associated with becoming a lawyer? Student loans and private lines of credit.          ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 2:09 PM

Is virtual justice real justice? | Guy Pratte

When the pandemic first hit in the spring of 2020, I would not have believed that our courts could do so much virtually as has been done. Indeed, what was made possible through video platforms is simply astounding. By and large, the wheels of justice continued to turn much better than we could have anticipated. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 @ 10:33 AM

Why hydrogen economies will dry up without water Water

In a country like Canada it is often forgotten, and even I must admit that for a long time I did not contemplate a world without enough water. From the Great Lakes to the oceans that outline our country, Canada appears to be deep in water resources. But appearances can be deceiving. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 2:40 PM

Canadian banks need to start thinking about how to manage climate risk, report says Canada Climate Law Intitiative (CCLI) principal co-investigator Janis Sarra

A legal think tank is saying the directors of Canadian banks need to start taking a good look at their strategies for helping to mitigate climate change and move toward a net-zero economy, or they may be putting themselves at risk. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 12:13 PM

Law Society of Ontario needs modernization initiative | Joseph Chiummiento

It’s budget season at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the last budget for this Convocation before bencher elections in the spring. Many benchers will no doubt be playing to their voters and special interest groups as they comment on the budget process. Don’t be fooled. ... [read more]

Monday, October 24, 2022 @ 2:51 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 @ 10:48 AM

FOLA urges LSO benchers to support ‘sustainable’ funding of courthouse law libraries Douglas Judson, FOLA chair

The Federation of Ontario Law Associations (FOLA) issued an open letter to benchers at the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), urging them to “support full and sustainable funding” of courthouse law libraries, “now known as practice resource centres, or PRCs,” when they vote on the budget this week. ... [read more]