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Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 12:54 PM

New prosecution policy recognizes justice ‘alternatives’ for Nova Scotia Indigenous, Crown says

New policy in Nova Scotia where Crowns use “cultural competency” in criminal cases involving Indigenous people has led to positive impacts for the province’s justice system and support from various players, says a prominent prosecutor. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 11:17 AM

Financial watchdogs seeking input for regulations on crypto assets Geoffrey Cher, Wildeboer Dellelce LLP

The emergence of crypto asset trading platforms in the financial market and concerns about their accountability and security have spurred the bodies overseeing securities and investments in Canada to consult with the public on how they can be better regulated. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

New Ontario family law project helps lawyers provide unbundled services Tami Moscoe sm photo by Angelyn Francis

The launch of Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project is being lauded by the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) as well as by members of the family bar and bench as a “tremendous achievement” in improving access to justice. The project, which officially launched March 19, provides an online directory of lawyers who provide limited scope retainers, legal coaching and summary legal counsel in family law cases for Ontarians searching for unbundled services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 12:11 PM

Proposed tort of harassment fails at Ontario Court of Appeal

The Ontario Court of Appeal has decided not to recognize a proposed tort of harassment in a dispute between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and an employee, which has been ongoing since 2007. However, this may not be the last word on establishing the new tort, as counsel for the employee said it is “looking at seeking leave to appeal” to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Some Twitter accounts not personal information, Alberta privacy commission rules Pina D’Agostino, Osgoode Hall Law School

An adjudicator with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has ruled the provincial education ministry can provide the names of blocked Twitter accounts if they “lack a personal dimension,” a decision an expert in privacy law is calling surprising. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 5:42 PM

Budget 2019 includes more cash for reconciliation, immigration legal aid and judges for Federal Court Bill Morneau

Annual updates to federal regulations, a broadened money laundering offence, more judges and cash for the Federal Court and a boost for immigration legal aid are among the justice-related measures Ottawa announced in the 2019 federal budget. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Interrogation tactics, errors in justice system lead to false confessions, lawyers say Jerome Kennedy, Steven Drizin and Maria Sheppard sm

“I said I did it, but I didn’t do it,” was what an 11-year-old boy convicted of murdering his neighbour told American lawyer Steven Drizin, during his appeal. This case sent Drizin on an “odyssey” to understand how people confess to crimes they didn’t commit. For Canadian lawyer Jerome Kennedy, his work with wrongful convictions started with the case of a young man convicted of killing his mother. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Women of Legal Tech honouree says ‘it is impossible to be the best lawyer you can be’ without technology Natalie Worsfold sm

Natalie Worsfold said her legal career path’s intersection with technology was a “happy accident.” However, her drive to be a better lawyer and involvement with tech has landed her on the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2019 Women of Legal Tech list. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 5:36 PM

Privy Council head Wernick to retire; PM names McLellan ‘special advisor’ on questions raised by SNC-Lavalin affair Anne McLellan

To opposition jeers of “Liberals investigating Liberals,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he has hired former Liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan as his “special advisor” in respect of questions raised by former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould’s explosive allegation that the PMO tried to politically interfere with her prosecutorial discretion in the SNC-Lavalin affair. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Free counsel gives sex assault complainants ‘a voice in the courtroom’: N.S. law society head Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia’s new offering of free lawyers for sex assault complainants who face having their sexual history brought forth in court helps protect the justice system’s “truth-finding process,” says a prominent Crown.   ... [read more]