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Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:08 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

SCC rules informer privilege won’t shield wrongdoing by Crime Stopper tipsters Jennifer Penman

Anonymous crime tipsters can’t hide behind informer privilege in furtherance of their own criminal activity or with the aim of interfering with the administration of justice, the Supreme Court has ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Support for compensation fund makes up majority of LSUC fee increase Chris Bredt sm

Ontario lawyers and paralegals will see their fees for 2018 go up as the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) tries to raise the compensation fund balance to its minimum threshold as well as support the communications plan and increase staffing in areas of need.   ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

B.C. plans electronic ticketing scheme Mike Farnworth, B.C. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

British Columbia’s move toward electronic ticketing for traffic offences is being called "the way of the future," but a criminal lawyer in the province says the new system will change little on the ground. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:54 AM

Ottawa sticks to its plan to compel judges to publicly disclose expenses Beverley-MCLACHLIN

The Liberal government has refused the judiciary’s plea to water down proposed legislative changes that would require judges to publicly disclose their travel and other expenses for the first time. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:32 AM

Recommendations on ensuring privacy in Ontario schools not enough, say experts Teresa Scassa, University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner is raising alarm bells about the use of technology in the province's classrooms, but experts are saying some of the recommendations made are unrealistic and do not go far enough in ensuring students’ privacy is protected. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

Alberta researcher creates AI that can compare multiple cases, use legal reasoning Randy Goebel sm

A world where artificial intelligence (AI) is used in courtrooms to rule on cases and in law firms to predict trial outcomes may seem like a science fiction novel to most, but work done by a researcher in Edmonton may be turning that fiction into a reality. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 9:27 AM

Phones Down, Heads Up Act places onus of safety on pedestrians, lawyer says Paul Cahill sm

A private member’s bill meant to raise awareness for distracted walking places responsibility on the most vulnerable people in a traffic interaction which, from a personal injury perspective, might not be such a great idea. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

Law societies get bumpy ride at SCC hearing of Groia ‘incivility’ test case Tom Curry

Legal regulators’ argument that they can discipline defence counsel who can’t demonstrate a “reasonable basis” for alleging prosecutorial misconduct in court was probed by Supreme Court judges concerned about chilling robust advocacy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 5:08 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal cites ‘broad powers’ of municipalities in overturning ruling

The Alberta Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court ruling declaring parts of a municipality's bylaw outside the scope of its powers, stating public policy considerations support the broad interpretation of policy-making authority granted to municipalities under the provincial Municipal Government Act (MGA). ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 3:19 AM

‘Embarrassment’ led to withdrawal of charges from police sting, says lawyer Douglas_Elliott_sm

The recent withdrawal of charges against men caught in a police sting aimed at stopping public sex in a Toronto park was likely the result of a “well-informed prosecutor” seeing it as a “homophobic” use of “selective enforcement,” says one lawyer. ... [read more]