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Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

First tested plain language guide for sexual assault survivors Cheryl Stephens

Nova Scotia’s Public Prosecution Service has produced what is believed to be the first plain language guide for sexual assault survivors in Canada. “Other provinces have publications, but none that we know of that have been focus tested. There is no other plain language guide,” Chris Hansen, spokesperson for the public prosecution service in Halifax, told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 12:46 PM

Appeal Court clarifies use of ‘reliable’ hearsay evidence in labour arbitration, says lawyer Gordon_Forsyth_sm

A Nova Scotia court has found an abundance of weight can be placed on hearsay evidence during labour arbitrations if it is reliable and necessary for a speedy resolution, says the lawyer for a union that successfully grieved a construction company’s hiring of non-union workers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 11:29 AM

B.C. government looking at improving technology in courtrooms B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is studying ways to introduce more technology in courtrooms to improve access to justice and the user experience, but observers are saying such change needs to be considered carefully to ensure it functions properly and is accessible to as many people as possible. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

LSO Convocation to face two motions on Statement of Principles: one to repeal, one to make it voluntary Joseph Groia sm

The battle over the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) Statement of Principles will come to a head on June 27 as two motions regarding the diversity initiative will be brought before Convocation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 2:28 PM

Alberta legal aid training program aims for greater understanding of Indigenous issues Danny Lynn, Legal Aid Alberta

The disproportionate impact of Canada’s legal system on Indigenous communities is an issue that has been identified by countless studies and reports, and the organization responsible for legal aid in Alberta says it is working to ensure as many of its lawyers as possible become more aware of it so they can better represent their clients. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Challenges in litigating AI, focus on transparency, highlighted at LCO event Jill Presser new sm

Technological literacy, transparency, security and client-centred technology were highlighted as emerging legal issues by a panel of experts at “AI for Lawyers: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence in Ontario’s Legal System” hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) at Osgoode Hall Law School. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

B.C. Appeal Court ruling leaves questions about independence of provincial bodies: lawyer Mark Underhill, Arvay Finlay LLP

The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled the head of a provincial board tasked with reviewing the cases of people deemed unfit to stand trial does not have the same amount of independence as members of the judiciary have, but the chair’s lawyer is calling the implications of the ruling on other bodies in the province unclear. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 8:51 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

Major divorce, criminal law reforms have staggered implementation dates up to two years Tony Paisana

Extensive criminal law and divorce reforms are among 21 federal bills that got royal assent June 21, but many of the changes will only be implemented over the coming weeks and months so provinces and legal practitioners have time to adjust. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Report on HIV non-disclosure criminalization ‘important’ but not enough, advocate says Cecile_Kazatchkine_sm

A report to Canada’s government urging the reduced use of criminal law in cases of HIV non-disclosure is an “important step forward” but falls short in failing to recommend prosecutions be limited to the “intentional transmission” of the virus, says an advocate. ... [read more]

Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 11:16 AM

Quebec’s controversial secularism bill challenged Robert Leckey

Barely 24 hours after the Quebec government invoked closure and passed a controversial secularism law that would bar certain provincial public servants in positions of authority, including judges, lawyers, notaries and police officers, from wearing religious symbols, a legal challenge was filed in Quebec Superior Court seeking an injunction and asking that the law be declared invalid. ... [read more]