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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Legal Aid Manitoba says it is prepared if private lawyers stage work stoppage Allan_Fineblit_sm

Legal Aid Manitoba has a short-term “contingency” plan ready should the province’s private criminal lawyers stop taking new cases to protest the current rates of compensation, says an official with the service provider. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Courts moving to adopt written gowning requirements that accommodate counsel’s ‘personal circumstances’ Sabrina Bandali

The Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal are considering — and the Federal and Tax Courts will soon move ahead with — requests from the bar that they adopt written gowning requirements expressly accommodating counsel whose personal circumstances, such as a medical condition, disability or pregnancy, make it hard to don the usual courtroom attire. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 3:02 PM

Legal Aid Alberta moving to ‘service location model’ on lawyer choice, travel compensation

Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) is asking its roster lawyers to update their online profiles in order to reflect changes it is implementing on choice of counsel for clients and travel compensation for those who take on legal aid certificates. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 10:19 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 11:18 AM

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments TLD Exclusive

Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals. ... [read more]

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 9:16 AM

LEAF to host panel on what lawyers can do to help legal aid Katherine Long sm

Amidst cuts to Ontario’s legal aid funding, the legal profession has rallied around the cause, stressing the importance of access to justice and the need for action. The Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund’s (LEAF) Toronto branch is taking the discussion to the next level by hosting a panel on Jan. 23 to address the cuts head on. ... [read more]

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:34 AM

B.C. law society seeking public input of what legal practice will look like over next decade B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The Law Society of British Columbia wants to hear from you about the future of the legal profession. The law society’s futures task force is seeking input from lawyers, notaries, paralegals, the judiciary, organizations and the public to assist in its consideration of what legal practice will look like over the next decade ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 12:32 PM

Quebec Justice Ministry’s ‘ambitious’ strategic plan spurs questions Jean-François Roberge

An ambitious strategic plan unveiled by the Quebec Ministry of Justice outlines measures the provincial government expects to implement over the course of the next three years to curb criminal and penal court delays, accelerate the deployment of technologies in the justice system, boost the use of alternative dispute resolution and improve access to justice. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

B.C. Appeal Court sides with teen in hormone treatment dispute with father

A transgender teenager has emerged victorious in B.C.’s Appeal Court after his father attempted to prevent him from receiving hormone treatments as a part of his transition from a female to male body, but the court added the father’s behaviour did not rise to the level of family violence, as a lower court had said. ... [read more]

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Church constitution, bylaws establish contract with congregants, court rules Anthony Colangelo sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of congregants who were expelled from their church after a dispute with the organization’s leadership. Counsel involved in the case said the decision helps clarify the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Judicial Committee) v. Wall 2018 SCC 26. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 2:40 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal condemns police searches that infringed Charter rights Mark_Halfyard_2019_sm

In two decisions released Jan. 7, the Ontario Court of Appeal stressed the importance of protecting citizens’ Charter rights during police searches. Counsel involved in one of the decisions said the court has been loud and clear about the limits police have on taking a statement from a suspect “without giving them their right to counsel” and how far police can go in detaining residents of a home during a search. ... [read more]