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Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Social Media Crime Project hoping to provide clarity on murky issues in law Benjamin Perrin, UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law

Facebook and Twitter have transformed society in a number of ways, including how crimes are committed. The legal conditions surrounding social media have often been described as a "Wild West," but a team of researchers led by a University of British Columbia law professor is hoping to bring a little more clarity to the issue. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

SCC paves way for ‘standby’ pay for federal Crowns Ursula Hendel

The union for 2,600 federal lawyers now awaiting the results of their “binding conciliation” with Treasury Board has had a big boost from the Supreme Court for the union’s ongoing fight against Crowns being required to “stand by” for free to do emergency legal work. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

SCC poised to hear landmark Groia case on lawyer ‘incivility’ Joseph Groia

An overflow crowd of lawyers is expected at the Supreme Court Nov. 6 to watch a much-anticipated lawyer “incivility” test case that could define the boundaries of barristers’ zealous legal representation and of law societies’ powers to regulate courtroom advocacy. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

Court of Appeal emphasizes deliverability element of gifts Andrew Keesmaat sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s decision that a cheque given as a gift was not enforceable because it didn’t meet the element of deliverability. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

LSUC will be known as Law Society of Ontario in 2018

The approach of a new year signals a new name for the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as benchers decided in a majority vote to change the regulator’s name to Law Society of Ontario. Benchers at Convocation, held Nov. 2, were presented with four names to choose from: Law Society of Ontario, Ontario Law Society, Legal Regulator of Ontario, or Legal Professionals of Ontario. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 10:34 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 6:13 PM

Presence of Indigenous sacred sites doesn’t bar ski development, SCC rules Gregory Tucker

The Supreme Court has specified new limits for the scope of the s. 2(a) Charter right to religious freedom, but has not slammed the constitutional door shut on protecting sites on public lands that are sacred to Indigenous spiritual belief and practice. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

New Ontario bail directive applauded, but more change needed in system, observers say Faisal Mirza

The Ontario government has issued a new directive aimed at making the bail system faster and fairer, a development legal observers are calling an important step but also note a lot of work needs to be done to achieve those goals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

MPs’ recommendations for legal aid give hope to stakeholders fighting for reform Doug Ferguson sm

The Commons Justice Committee report containing 10 recommendations to change the legal aid system in Canada is being called a “good first step” by legal clinic stakeholders who have been earnest in their calls for improvement of a system in peril. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 12:55 PM

High attrition of sex assault cases means change needed to justice system, experts say David_Butt_sm

Police, lawyers and judges need to change how sexual assault allegations are handled if more victims are to come forward and if more convictions are to be seen, say legal minds in the wake of a report detailing the high dropoff rates in such cases. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 9:17 AM

Ottawa pledges $10 million to alleviate overincarceration of Indigenous Mark Holland

The federal government is spending $10 million over the next five years to to help previously incarcerated Indigenous people heal, rehabilitate and find good jobs. ... [read more]