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Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 1:46 PM

Addressing entrenched biases improves justice for those with mental health issues, panel says David Wright sm

From the criminal bar to a slew of administrative tribunals, people with mental health disabilities engage with the justice system to a wide extent. However, their rights are often impacted as debates over their mental capacity dominate their dealings with the justice system and their legal counsel can be swayed by bias. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 6:14 AM

Alberta bar call offers closure for families of law students killed in Great War: lawyer Patrick Shea, Gowling WLG

It has been a wait of over a hundred years, but law students in Alberta who laid down their lives in the First World War are finally being admitted to the profession. On Nov. 9, the Law Society of Alberta will hold a bar call ceremony for the 37 students who answered the call of their nation. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Advocacy group disagrees with Federal Court of Appeal rulings on conflict of interest Duff Conacher, Democracy Watch

An advocacy group is calling a pair of recent Federal Court of Appeal decisions on conflict of interest provisions involving two federal cabinet ministers flawed and says it is considering seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Access to justice session highlights language barriers Indigenous speakers face in court Waasaanese

Going through the justice system can be a challenging experience for most people, but even more so for those who have English as a second language. For many Indigenous people, whose languages vary and have different characters than the English alphabet, justice concerns are not simply about access, but about understanding what’s being said about their case. ... [read more]

Monday, November 05, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Police record check law protects privacy, but exemptions too broad, civil liberties group says Abby Deshman sm

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) is heralding the Police Record Checks Reform Act as a “positive step forward” in protecting Ontarians’ privacy, but noted the exemptions section is too “broad” and will “undercut the impact of the legislation quite significantly.” ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 5:12 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Federal judiciary urges senators to change ‘unconstitutional’ bill requiring judges to publicly disclose expenses for first time Pierre Dalphond

The federal judiciary’s warning that Ottawa’s move to compel named individual judges to publicly disclose their travel and other business expenses breaches judicial independence got more traction at the Senate this week, than it did in the House of Commons a year ago. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 10:32 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 11:54 AM

N.L.’s bid to overturn Churchill Falls power contract out of time, unjustified under Quebec civil law: SCC Clément Gascon

In an important civil law judgment on the concepts of good faith and equity in contract law, the Supreme Court of Canada has 7-1 dismissed Newfoundland’s bid to reopen a 65-year contract obliging that province to sell power from its Churchill Falls power station to Hydro-Quebec at prices drastically below market rates. ... [read more]

Friday, November 02, 2018 @ 8:50 AM

Women applicants for federal benches rated ‘highly qualified’ more often than male lawyers, new data shows Jody Wilson-Raybould

Women lawyers who apply for the federal benches are more often assessed to be “highly qualified” than their male counterparts, according to new statistics released by the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

B.C. Law Society postpones annual general meeting after online voting system crashes

Technical difficulties plagued the recent annual general meeting of the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC), postponing decisions on a number of significant resolutions concerning family law practitioners and pro bono work. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Breaking down organizational barriers helps access to justice, panel says TAG

Family law is in the midst of a crisis, as an increasing number of self-represented litigants attempt to tackle complex legal issues in an overloaded court system. In response to the many access to justice issues the family bar is facing, legal organizations have turned to teleconferencing, plain language documents and interdisciplinary relationships to try to close the gap in representation. ... [read more]