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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

Budget 2018 provides millions in new justice funding, expanded Unified Family Courts Liz Majic

The federal budget proposed for the coming fiscal year includes millions in new legal aid funding for sexual harassment and immigration and refugee law cases, support for 46 new federal judgeships — including 39 to expand the Unified Family Courts (UFC) in four provinces — and money to boost staff and services at the Canadian Judicial Council and at the registries of the Federal, Tax and Supreme Courts. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Acquittal of alleged mobsters due to improper wiretap a lesson for police

Two alleged Montreal Mafia leaders were acquitted of gangsterism and drug trafficking charges after the Quebec Superior Court excluded wiretap evidence gathered by a joint police task force because they failed to put in place sufficient measures to prevent the interception of conversations between lawyers and clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Global Legal Hackathon inspires trademark search platform idea in Toronto David Dou, Juri Sildam, Geoffrey Singer, and David Michaels

Trademark Pro, a digital platform that could search and score logos for trademark infringement, was the winning idea out of Toronto at the first annual Global Legal Hackathon. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

N.S. appeal will give guidance for future HIV non-disclosure cases, lawyers say Cecile_Kazatchkine_sm

The acquittal of an HIV-positive man in an East Coast non-disclosure case will further guide Canada’s legal community in its response to new science around risk of transmission, experts say. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

Appeal Court decision on patents helpful in determining best practices, expert says

The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled against a group of individuals who were trying to get their patent application restored after it was listed as dead, saying there was no mechanism under which the Commissioner of Patents could do so. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

B.C. budget boosts legal aid funding but it’s still ‘woefully underfunded,’ women’s equality group says Kasari Govender

Legal organizations and practitioners in British Columbia are applauding the increase in funding for the justice sector in the recent provincial budget, but are saying much more needs to be put into the legal aid system to ensure it functions properly for clients and is able to attract experienced lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 9:24 AM

Automated legal services cost efficient, but can leave clients vulnerable, lawyers say Reesa Heft sm

The automation of legal documents seems like a straightforward solution for Canadians facing access to justice issues. However, lawyers caution clients turning to tech may be leaving themselves open to litigation as documents, such as contracts and wills, could lack important details. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:57 PM

Sleeper SCC ruling on defective police cautions will spark new defence bids to exclude evidence Russell Brown

A sleeper Supreme Court judgment that recently threw out a man’s sexual assault conviction because Edmonton police elicited an inculpatory statement from him using a flawed standard caution will generate defence bids to exclude similarly tainted evidence in Alberta, Ontario and any other jurisdictions which also have constitutionally defective standard police cautions, predicts the Edmonton defence counsel who won the case. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Shock, disappointment over federal appeal of B.C. solitary confinement decision Debra Parkes, UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law

The federal government has announced it is going to appeal a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that solitary confinement is unconstitutional, a decision that legal experts are calling disappointing in that it will lead to delay in making changes to a practice that has been called into question at multiple levels of court. ... [read more]

Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

Law Society of Ontario approves Ryerson law school program Peter Wardle sm

Ryerson University’s proposed law school has reached another benchmark in the approval process as the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has backed the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s (FLSC) preliminary endorsement of the program. ... [read more]