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Thursday, May 02, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Alberta law society’s annual general meeting highlights past, looks to future: president Law Society of Alberta president Rob Armstrong

The president of the Law Society of Alberta (LSA) says the society’s recent annual general meeting (AGM) gave the profession a chance to not only see what has been done over the past year but also the issues that are on the radar going into the future.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 11:14 AM

Lametti open to ‘good ideas’ from Senate to improve crime, divorce bills, but won’t change MMPs Exclusive

Justice Minister David Lametti tells The Lawyer’s Daily he is open to “good ideas” from the Senate in the coming weeks to improve his government’s divorce (C-78) and criminal procedure (C-75) bills — major reforms he’s determined to get over the legislative finish line before Parliament’s summer break and a fall election. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 10:55 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

StopSOP slate takes majority of lawyer seats in LSO bencher election Jared Brown

The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) bencher election results have been released and show that 22 of the 23 StopSOP slate of candidates have been elected, giving them the majority of the lawyer seats represented at Convocation. The StopSOP candidates campaigned to “eliminate the compelled” Statement of Principles. Voting closed at 5 p.m. on April 30 with results released May 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 9:45 AM

LSO amends bylaws for governance reform, ex-treasurers lose voting rights Harvey Strosberg sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) debated the voting rights of ex officio treasurers at Convocation, once again, before approving amendments to its bylaws and Governance Practices and Policies to improve governance effectiveness. Although some benchers advocated that former treasurers should maintain their right to vote, the majority held that they should only be able to participate in debate. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Yukon court strikes down mandatory minimum sentence in sexual exploitation case

A man who was convicted of sexual exploitation has had his sentence upheld by the Yukon Court of Appeal, despite the court finding the mandatory minimum sentence associated with the offence to be unconstitutional. The appellant, identified only as E.O. due to a publication ban, was convicted of the sexual touching of a dependent person by a person in trust or authority under s. 153(1) of the Criminal Code ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 12:43 PM

Ontario still must do more to boost Indigenous representation on juries, scholars say Nicole_O'Byrne_sm

Ontario’s bid to expand the scope of potential jurors in the province is a step toward greater diversity in jury boxes, but additional changes are needed to boost the inclusion of Indigenous people, legal minds say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

ONCA ruling that Crowns not immune from civil claims for misfeasance could be headed to SCC Lorne Honickman

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s groundbreaking ruling that Crown attorneys aren’t immune from being sued for misfeasance in public office is the kind of novel issue affecting lawyers and the criminal justice system that could attract the Supreme Court of Canada’s attention, if the parties decide to take the case up to the top court. ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 4:21 PM

Refugees’ ‘demonstrably unfit’ 45-day sentence tossed by Quebec Appeal Court

Two days after the federal government proposed to make it tougher for asylum seekers from making refugee claims in Canada, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned a 45-day prison sentence issued against a Colombian mother and son who pleaded guilty to unlawful entry into Canada.     ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Court grants Canada administrative segregation extension ‘with great reluctance’

In a decision released April 26, the Ontario Court of Appeal granted “one final extension” for the suspension of invalidity of ss. 31-37 of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, which allows the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to place inmates in “administrative segregation.” The extension will last until June 17, the court determined, “on the condition that the independent fifth day review be implemented.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Trudeau could make history by appointing first female majority SCC; next judge likely to come from Que. CA  Clément Gascon

With the impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon, Canada’s avowedly feminist prime minister has a historic opportunity to give women, for the first time, a five-judge majority on the nine-member bench of the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]