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Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 12:32 PM

B.C. Civil Liberties Association project to look at impact of policing in Indigenous communities Dylan Mazur, B.C. Civil Liberties Association

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is undertaking a multiyear initiative that will look at policing of Indigenous communities in the province, starting with a study of what impact release conditions are having on people facing trial. ... [read more]

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 9:22 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves integrated practice curriculum for Ryerson University Peter Wardle sm

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Convocation erupted with applause after benchers unanimously voted to approve Ryerson University’s application to have its juris doctor (JD) program designated as an integrated practice curriculum (IPC). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

Manitoba court ruling ‘reinforces police powers’ to search and arrest, says Crown

An Appeal Court’s decision to retry two men charged with drug and firearms offences during an investigation into a road rage incident where handguns were allegedly drawn reinforces the power of police to use context and cumulative circumstances in justifying a search and arrest, says a Crown involved in the case. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

Appeal decision ‘memorandum to the profession’ on will interpretation in Alberta: law prof David Freedman, Queen’s University faculty of law

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled a man’s use of the term “home” in his will went beyond just the strict meaning of real property and the land it sits on, and a lawyer involved in the case is calling it a cautionary tale to be quite specific with words when drafting a will. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

Settlement of legal dispute using B.C.-produced robot mediator called first ever Graham Ross

Although the use of technology and artificial intelligence in the judicial system may conjure up images of Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone, a dispute in the U.K. was recently solved through the use of a system designed by a B.C.-based company in a situation a lawyer involved in the case is calling the first of its kind. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Criminal Code changes needed to curb HIV non-disclosure prosecutions, experts say Richard_Elliott_sm

The chair of the federal government’s justice committee is hoping input from various stakeholders will lead to Criminal Code changes limiting prosecutions of HIV non-disclosure across Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 12:31 PM

SCC was more divided than united on cases in 2018; dissents rose, but case intake and output fell SCC Judges

For the first time in decades, in 2018 the Supreme Court of Canada was more divided than united on the outcome of appeals — setting a record low 48 per cent unanimity rate — after two years of growing division among the judges, new court statistics disclose. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 9:31 AM

Law prof ‘surprised’ by B.C. Court of Appeal decision in malicious prosecution case Bradley Bryan, University of Victoria faculty of law

The B.C. Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court’s decision that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) maliciously prosecuted a couple in a tax evasion case, saying the trial judge improperly narrowed his consideration of what evidence was important in assessing whether cause existed to initiate the prosecution. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 5:11 PM

SCC rules police did not violate Charter s. 8 with warrantless sting aimed at online child predators Russell Brown

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 6-1 that an undercover police officer who created a fictitious identity online that purported to be a 14-year-old girl did not need a warrant to surreptitiously record his online communications with a suspected child predator — nor was the latter’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure engaged by this police investigative technique. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM - Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]