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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Legal aid paralegals not qualified to handle risky refugee cases: lawyer Alastair_Clarke_sm

Manitoba’s legal aid office should increase what it pays immigration lawyers rather than have staff paralegals act for refugee claimants in potential “life or death cases,” says a lawyer opposed to the planned pilot project. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 12:41 PM - Last Updated: Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 3:23 PM

Wilson-Raybould defends record at DOJ as ex-law prof Lametti succeeds her as AG Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promoted former McGill University law professor David Lametti to Justice minister and attorney general, shuffling incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould to the less-senior, but prominent, Veterans Affairs portfolio. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Court decisions on administrative segregation wake-up call for change: expert Debra Parkes

A trio of recent court decisions on the use of administrative segregation in Canadian prisons show the urgent need for the federal government to reform a harmful and constitutionally dubious practice, lawyers are saying. ... [read more]

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

In-house counsel relying on expert help to run departments Warren Bongard

Legal departments south of the border are evolving to meet changing expectations from senior management, and that evolution includes reaching out for a helping hand to ensure legal departments are run like business units, according to the 2018 Chief Legal Officer Survey from legal consultants Altman Weil. The trend is not unique to the United States, however, legal experts from Canada told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 12:59 PM

Proposed changes to Law Society Tribunal Rules of Practice highlight modernization, accessibility Isfahan Merali sm

Improved accessibility through technology, plain language and transparency are some of the goals behind proposed changes to the Law Society Tribunal’s Rules of Practice, which committee members hope will lead to enhanced best practices for the tribunal. The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Tribunal Committee has invited stakeholders and the public to provide comment on the proposed changes up until Jan. 15. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 11:39 AM - Last Updated: Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

Supreme Court strikes down federal voting limits on Canadian expatriates Richard Wagner

In a landmark judgment on the Charter-guaranteed right to vote, the Supreme Court of Canada has declared unconstitutional federal provisions (that were recently amended by Parliament) that barred expatriate Canadians who were residing abroad for five years or more from voting in federal elections. ... [read more]

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Quebec legal tech company, law firm team up to tap into entrepreneur market Gilles de Saint-Exupéry

A Quebec regional law firm has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with a Montreal legal tech firm to offer turnkey, fixed-price legal services to Quebec entrepreneurs in a move that legal insiders forecast will be occurring more frequently in the Quebec legal scene. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:40 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

First law school officially endorsed for Newfoundland and Labrador

When Memorial College, now Memorial University, was founded in Newfoundland and Labrador almost a century ago, plans to build a law school were built into the charter. Those plans are now coming to fruition. “People have been waiting for this for a long time,” Mark Gruchy, head of the criminal law practice group with Gittens & Associates in St. John’s, said in response to the Memorial University (MUN) announcement that its senate has officially endorsed a proposal to establish a faculty of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 6:37 AM

Drug recognition expert logs are ‘obviously relevant,’ disclosable, court rules Mark Halfyard sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal determined that drug recognition expert (DRE) rolling logs fall under first-party disclosure in a decision, counsel said, will be helpful as an “upward trend” of impaired driving prosecutions is expected since the advent of cannabis legalization. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 @ 6:24 AM

Restriction on use of stereotypes cannot be limited just to victims: B.C. Court of Appeal Michael Welsh, Mott Welsh Lawyers

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for a woman accused of theft, saying a lower court judge used impermissible stereotyping when convicting her, a decision the woman’s lawyer says is significant in assessing credibility in criminal cases. ... [read more]