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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Interrogation tactics, errors in justice system lead to false confessions, lawyers say Jerome Kennedy, Steven Drizin and Maria Sheppard sm

“I said I did it, but I didn’t do it,” was what an 11-year-old boy convicted of murdering his neighbour told American lawyer Steven Drizin, during his appeal. This case sent Drizin on an “odyssey” to understand how people confess to crimes they didn’t commit. For Canadian lawyer Jerome Kennedy, his work with wrongful convictions started with the case of a young man convicted of killing his mother. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Women of Legal Tech honouree says ‘it is impossible to be the best lawyer you can be’ without technology Natalie Worsfold sm

Natalie Worsfold said her legal career path’s intersection with technology was a “happy accident.” However, her drive to be a better lawyer and involvement with tech has landed her on the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2019 Women of Legal Tech list. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 5:36 PM

Privy Council head Wernick to retire; PM names McLellan ‘special advisor’ on questions raised by SNC-Lavalin affair Anne McLellan

To opposition jeers of “Liberals investigating Liberals,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he has hired former Liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan as his “special advisor” in respect of questions raised by former Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould’s explosive allegation that the PMO tried to politically interfere with her prosecutorial discretion in the SNC-Lavalin affair. ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 11:45 AM

Free counsel gives sex assault complainants ‘a voice in the courtroom’: N.S. law society head Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia’s new offering of free lawyers for sex assault complainants who face having their sexual history brought forth in court helps protect the justice system’s “truth-finding process,” says a prominent Crown.   ... [read more]

Monday, March 18, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Legal aid lawyers in B.C. vote to begin job action April 1 Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL)

An organization representing legal aid lawyers in British Columbia has overwhelmingly voted to withdraw their services to protest what they characterize as serious underfunding and strain on the system. According to Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson Richard Fowler, turnout among the 590 members of association for the March 11-13 vote was 75 per cent, with approximately 97 per cent of members voting in favour of job action. ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 4:43 PM - Last Updated: Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 5:05 PM

SCC strikes down element of child luring offence but revives one-year minimum penalty in Ontario Michael Moldaver

In its first constitutional pronouncement on the crime of child luring, the Supreme Court of Canada has 9-0 struck down the statutory presumption that an adult accused of child luring believes the purported child’s online representations that she is under age (absent evidence to the contrary). ... [read more]

Friday, March 15, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

Saskatchewan legal information project aims to increase access to justice using public libraries Brea_Lowenberger_sm

A program better equipping Saskatchewan's public libraries to provide legal information has proven to be successful, well attended and lauded by lawyers, says an organizer.   ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:34 PM

Justice minister defends bill to reveal judges’ expenses as senators prepare to reduce disclosure requirements David_Lametti

Justice Minister David Lametti says he is “quite happy” with a Trudeau government bill that the judiciary warns would violate judicial independence and endanger its members’ security by requiring all 1,178 federal judges, for the first time, to publicly disclose their individual expenses — which collectively totalled nearly $34 million in the last fiscal year. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Safeguard order delays Quebec’s plans to terminate 18,000 immigration applications

Days after the Quebec Immigration Lawyers Association successfully obtained a temporary injunction against the Quebec government’s contentious plan to terminate 18,000 pending immigration applications, the provincial government agreed to a safeguard order that would be in effect until the adoption of a controversial immigration bill that is widely expected to be passed sometime this June. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

New regulations in NL aim to prevent workplace harassment and violence: lawyer Ashley Savinov

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador is hoping its new occupational health and safety regulations will compel employers to be proactive when it comes to workplace harassment instead of reactive. ... [read more]