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Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Alberta think tank recommends new provincial rules for common law couples Laura Buckingham, legal counsel, Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI)

An Alberta-based legal think tank is saying the lack of rules on dividing property for common law couples is creating unnecessary hurdles in the legal system, and it is recommending the provincial government take action to ensure such couples are on a level playing field with married people. The Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) released its report on property division for common law couples on June 27. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Fasken uses HighQ’s cloud-based tech for client collaboration portal Robert Garmaise

In a move that will allow the firm to better collaborate with clients and share information, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is launching a cloud-based client portal. “We see opportunities to collaborate more richly on document authoring, review, archiving, signing documents, you name it. [We can let] clients launch new transactions that then become new documents. In our current framework, where we had things stored behind the firewall, we had great security here internally, but then we’d go to e-mail things and the security kind of disappears as soon as you do that,” said Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family closing down over funding John-Paul Boyd

As of Aug. 31, 2018, the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family will cease to exist after over 30 years in operation. “It’s a shame, but it all boils down to the difficulties we and other people have had obtaining funding that is necessary to meet our operating expenses and to have this continue for another 30 years,” said John-Paul Boyd, executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Court upholds independence of Office of the Children’s Lawyer in privacy ruling Nicholas Bala sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal quashed an access to information request related to a custody dispute, ruling that the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has no authority to regulate the use of records kept by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Privacy and family law experts said the decision will “breathe new life” into the discussion on children's right to privacy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

Lack of Canadian connection key to court allowing export of French painting: lawyers Robert_Paterson_sm

A court decision to greenlight an auction house’s export of an 19th century French painting provides clarity as to when there is an insufficient Canadian connection to keep cultural property from leaving the country, legal minds say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

More than half of employers worried about marijuana legalization, report states Nicole_Simes_sm

A little more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about how marijuana legalization will impact the workplace, according to a new study. But should they be? Employment lawyers who spoke with The Lawyer's Daily shared their views — some differing — when it comes to how worried business proprietors and managers ought to be as of Oct. 17, when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 12:48 PM

Three-line Appeal Court decision ‘makes Reader’s Digest look downright loquacious’: lawyer

A recent three-line, 50-word decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal quashing a number of criminal convictions is raising eyebrows by some in the legal community, saying it does not pass muster in terms of providing for adequate appellate review. But a criminal lawyer says, given the settled nature of the law concerning unreasonable convictions, the short response is not too surprising. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

OBA casebook printing initiative assists access to justice, environment Justin Nasseri sm

Printing casebook pages double-sided may seem like a small step toward making civil proceedings more environmentally friendly, but it’s an initiative the Regional Senior Judges Council (RSJ Council) has made mandatory as of June 15 after receiving a proposal from the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) advocating for reduced paper use. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

MPs recommend increased financial, mental health support for jurors in report Anthony Housefather, chair, House of Commons Justice Committee

The House of Commons Justice Committee has released a long-awaited report on improving juror support in Canada and is recommending not only adequate financial compensation for jurors but also more access to mental health services for people who have sat through traumatic trials. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:19 PM - Last Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Chief Justice Wagner calls for judicial discipline reforms as Ottawa drags heels on removing sidelined judge Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge has called on the Trudeau government to enact reforms to reduce the persistent lengthy delays and high costs of the federal judicial discipline process. ... [read more]