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Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 10:55 AM

U of T to launch Black Future Lawyers program Joshua Lokko

When Josh Lokko got accepted into law school at the University of Toronto in 2015, the first-year student body was different than in most years. Six of the 210 students were black. Usually this number ranges from one to three students. The University of Toronto would like to change the status quo. ... [read more]

Friday, January 03, 2020 @ 6:48 AM

Alberta estate litigation pilot aims to resolve cases before positions become ‘entrenched and hardened’

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has launched a pilot project intended to facilitate early resolution of litigation in estate matters. The estate litigation early intervention pilot project, which was announced in November, will involve a one-hour case conference available to individuals who have filed a statement of claim after Dec. 31, 2019. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 2:38 PM

Panel on feminist advocacy stresses need for diverse voices, education on sexual assault (L-R) Ashley_Major_Gillian_Hnatiw_Deepa_Mattoo_Megan_Stephens_sm

A panel of lawyers who have incorporated feminist advocacy into their practices has highlighted the need for diverse voices to be heard in the legal system, education on sexual assault and pushing back on social norms as key aspects of advancing feminism in law. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 11:41 AM

Time to update B.C.’s builders lien legislation, legal institute says

A B.C. law reform agency says it is time for the province to update its legislation surrounding liens in the construction industry, noting the current act needs updating to ensure it works the way it is intended to. A lien under B.C. legislation is a right conferred to contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and workers to secure payment of a debt owing to them for services or materials in respect of an improvement of land. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 02, 2020 @ 5:53 AM

Université de Montréal AI initiative seeks to improve access to justice Karim Benyekhlef

Nearly a decade after co-founding Cyberjustice Laboratory, a hub that analyzes the impact of technologies on justice while developing concrete technological tools that are adapted to the reality of justice systems, Karim Benyekhlef and Fabien Gélinas have set their sights on artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Quebec watchdog battle pits whistleblower protection vs. procedural fairness Jöel Roy

In a remarkably public skirmish pitting two Quebec watchdogs against each other, the former head of the Quebec Human Rights Commission lost a legal battle after the Superior Court recently held that she did not have the right to obtain information and documents from an investigation of her conducted by the Quebec ombudsperson (Protecteur du citoyen). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

Crown held to standard of ‘reasonableness, not perfection’ in establishing delay exception, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered charges against gold mine managers and a superintendent proceed to trial after the death of a millwright resulted in a lengthy and complex case. Although the trial surpassed the 18-month ceiling established in Jordan, the court determined that the trial met the “particularly complex case” exception. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Federal Court of Appeal ruling leaves legal status of environmental reports in question Martin Olszynski

A recent Federal Court of Appeal decision in a long-running legal battle over a proposed B.C. mine could mark a significant change in direction by denying direct judicial review of environmental assessment reports, says a University of Calgary environmental law professor. ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 4:13 PM

Dismissal of all charges in Boyle criminal trial included numerous ‘first-time-in-Canada rulings’ Lawrence Greenspon

The latest chapter in the extraordinary story of former hostages Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman ended in an Ottawa courtroom when a  judge dismissed all 19 charges 36-year-old Boyle faced — mainly against his 33-year-old, now estranged wife, Coleman — after outlining the scope of the so-called Ghomeshi rules during the proceedings in what is believed to be the first such pronouncement from the bench since the Criminal Code was amended last year to require reverse disclosure in sexual assault cases.  ... [read more]

Monday, December 23, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

Legal Aid Manitoba encouraged by response to weekend phone-in bail court

Legal aid officials in Manitoba have seen a “positive” response in their search for outside criminal lawyers to work a planned phone-in weekend bail court for the province’s remote north.   ... [read more]