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Thursday, March 07, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Alberta Appeal Court decision offers new clarity on will interpretation: lawyer Barbara Stratton, Bennett Jones LLP

An Alberta woman alleging suspicious circumstances surrounding the execution of a will has been dealt a blow in her attempts to obtain it after the provincial Court of Appeal ruled such a move would trigger its no contest clause. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 10:50 AM

New Manitoba court for offenders with fetal alcohol syndrome called ‘game changer’ Lori_Van_Dongen_sm

A new Manitoba sentencing court for offenders with fetal alcohol disorders will mean better access to justice for a widespread number of those with the condition — particularly those coming from the province’s Indigenous population, legal minds say. The court will be in Winnipeg and could be up and running by the end of March, according to both a judge and lawyer who have long advocated for increased supports for those with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judges make YouTube video to demystify court process for newcomers, teens Samuel_Moreau_sm

The Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association has launched a YouTube video of a common courtroom scenario in efforts to soothe the fears of newcomers and young people when brought before the bench. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 1:16 PM

CBA supports ‘public dialogue’ to explore dividing post of AG Canada, justice minister Raymond Adlington

The Canadian Bar Association says it would like to see a “public dialogue” about whether it would be beneficial to separate the posts of Attorney General of Canada and minister of Justice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 12:49 PM

Nova Scotia launches revamped, expanded law reform institute

Last year, the Nova Scotia government quietly shuttered the doors of the province’s law reform commission after nearly three decades. This year rising from those legal ashes is the Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia. It will mirror its predecessor and stand apart. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Company had to prove harm in unveiling of confidential info, says lawyer of insurance dispute

A litigating party using a confidentiality agreement to keep a document secret must “lead evidence” that its disclosure would harm them more than it would benefit court proceedings, says a lawyer of a recent ruling that a report be divulged in an insurance dispute. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 2:27 PM

Law Society of Ontario changes disclosure requirements in good character process Jaqueline Horvat sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved changes to the good character assessment process in an effort to provide transparency for candidates and support its commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Law Society Act decrees that an applicant for a licence to practise law must be of “good character,” so the LSO required candidates to declare whether they had been convicted of any offence, other than speeding or parking tickets. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 9:39 AM

New B.C. registry to track flipping in condo market aimed at tax evasion, reducing prices Jonathan Reilly, English Bay Law Corporation

The B.C. government has taken further steps in its quest to reduce prices and deal with tax evasion in the provincial real estate market by introducing an online register to track pre-sale property flipping of condo units. ... [read more]

Monday, March 04, 2019 @ 9:25 AM

Ontario decision highlights when provocation must be left to jury to consider: lawyer Mark Halfyard sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of second-degree murder in a decision, counsel says, shows provocation as a defence has to be considered by a jury, provided there’s an air of reality to the defence. ... [read more]

Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 5:22 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 01, 2019 @ 5:42 PM

Government to scrap pardon fee, wait times but only for those convicted of simple cannabis possession Ralph Goodale

The Liberal government has introduced its much anticipated “pardons” bill to enable people with simple cannabis possession convictions, and no other convictions, to obtain record suspensions, via an expedited application process handled administratively by National Parole Board (NPB) officials, without the normal years-long wait times and hefty $631 application fee. ... [read more]