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Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 07:58 PM

New chief judge’s personal ties prompt scrutiny of N.B. appointment process Scott Brittain

New Brunswick won praise this week for achieving gender parity on its provincial court, but the impending promotion to chief judge of a jurist with close friendship ties to the province’s premier and top judge has drawn attention to the appointment process. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 07:37 PM

Justice ministers agree on post-Jordan action plan to combat trial delays Jody Wilson-Raybould

The ministers responsible for justice across Canada pledged to work swiftly and collaboratively to combat trial delays, including proposing or enacting reforms this year to mandatory minimum penalties, preliminary inquiries, bail, administration of justice offences, case management and to reclassify some hybrid offences to promote faster and more efficient prosecutions. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 03:04 PM

Bargaining not same as contract, court rules in upholding severance package

The Court of Appeal for Ontario on April 24 upheld a summary judgment for severance and payment in lieu of sabbatical for an employee who was let go after negotiations failed to reach a new employment agreement. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 12:26 PM

B.C. appeal court upholds negligence ruling against hospital, nurses Barbara Webster-Evans

In upholding a lower court’s awarding of damages to a man who suffered a permanent brain injury after attempting suicide at a downtown Vancouver hospital, British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has relied on the evidentiary doctrine of subsequent repair, according to veteran Ontario civil litigator James Morton. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

Non-Catholics can't attend Saskatchewan Catholic schools, court rules Khurrum Awan

Saskatchewan will have to re-examine its school system after the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled last week that provincial government funding of non-minority faith students attending Catholic schools violates the Charter. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 05:24 PM

Law society approves absolute cap of $25,000 on referral fees Mercer top

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) on April 27 approved a fixed cap of $25,000 on referral fees. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 02:42 PM

Lawyers table motion to implement rules on paralegals' practice in family law Michael Lesage

A group of lawyers has signed a motion to be presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual general meeting on May 10 that would require certain provisions to be made if paralegals are allowed to expand their scope of practice into family law. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 02:13 PM

SCC set to hear rare Hague Convention case but appeal might be moot Philip Epstein

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear separate appeals in a pay equity case from Quebec and in an internationally significant case from Ontario on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 03:47 PM

LSUC Holocaust Remembrance Day program raises issues of anti-Semitism, freedom of expression Mark Freiman

When does Holocaust denial become "hate speech?" ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 02:13 PM

Tax changes will affect real estate lawyers' paperwork Dan Pinnington

Lawyers in Ontario who handle real estate transactions will now need to collect extra information when it comes to the provincial land transfer tax and the new 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax. ... [read more]