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Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 12:19 PM

Complainants’ stories of intimate image sharing could inform courts, lawyer says Molly_Reynolds_sm

A Toronto lawyer is hoping victims’ stories of having intimate images shared online can be used as supplemental evidence in criminal and civil cases. These stories would come from newly emerging support groups for people who have suffered harm after such images were posted online without their consent. ... [read more]

Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 9:26 AM

Judges must evaluate ‘subtle and exacting’ use of interpreters, court finds Saul_Simmonds_sm

Judges in criminal matters must ensure that foreign-speaking accused understand an interpreter is at their disposal if needed, says a lawyer following a recent appeal decision in which the court gave a stern reminder of this constitutional language right. This refresher came via the July 10 Court of Appeal of Manitoba decision in R. v. Gebru 2019 MBCA 73, which involved an Ethiopian-born man seeking a new trial after being convicted of counselling to commit both robbery and murder.  ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 5:07 PM

Proposed class action settlement on sexual misconduct in military includes ‘structural changes,’ says co-lead counsel Jonathan Ptak

The federal government’s proposed $900 million settlement of a class action lawsuit regarding sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Department of National Defence (DND) “sends a powerful signal to military authorities and the rank and file that the government is paying significant tax dollars to repair some of the insult and damages created and hopefully that will serve as a deterrent going forward,” according to Michel Drapeau, an Ottawa military lawyer and retired army colonel. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 1:11 PM

B.C. Law Society updates rules for trust accounts, cash transactions

The Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has changed its rules surrounding use of trust accounts and cash transactions by lawyers as part of a nationwide push to combat money laundering in the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

Quebec Court of Appeal overturns labour tribunal’s ruling on litigation privilege Francis Gervais

A ruling by the Quebec Administrative Labour Tribunal that held that litigation privilege applies only in civil matters and in adversarial proceedings but not in an administrative law context before a quasijudicial tribunal with powers of inquiry was overturned by the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 2:13 PM

Tread cautiously in looking at impact of plastic bag decision: law prof Deborah Curran, University of Victoria

The City of Victoria has been dealt a blow in its attempts to rein in the use of plastic after the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled the city erred by not seeking the provincial government’s approval for a bylaw prohibiting businesses from providing or selling plastic bags to customers. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

More outreach, less paper to be focus of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench: annual report

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is looking to increase accountability, harness new technologies and reduce its reliance on paper as it looks to its future. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Manitoba law school hopes certificate in French will mean more bilingual lawyers Gerald_Heckman_sm

Manitoba’s law school is looking to improve access to justice for the province’s French population by producing more bilingual lawyers with a common law certificate in that language, says a legal mind behind the project. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Senate bill could serve as ‘template’ for any Criminal Code amendment to ban conversion therapy, Joyal says Serge Joyal

As the federal government explores the idea of criminalizing conversion therapy, it could rely on a bill introduced in the Senate in April that would amend the Criminal Code to make it an offence to advertise conversion therapy services and obtain a “financial or other material benefit,” such as a donation to another organization, for the provision of conversion therapy to a person under the age of 18. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 @ 2:26 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:08 AM

LSO debate on Statement of Principles pushed back till September 11 Malcolm Mercer sm

The debate on the Statement of Principles (SOP), which was supposed to continue at a special Convocation in July, won’t be before the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) until September, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]