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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 10:54 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

JAG failed to provide ‘effective oversight’ of justice system marred by trial delays, lack of performance standards Michael Ferguson

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has agreed to an overdue retooling of its underperforming military justice system following a scathing audit by the Auditor General of Canada which slams the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) for not providing “effective oversight” of the CAF’s comparatively well-resourced justice system that is marred by trial delays, inefficiency, lack of performance measures, insufficient supports for the independence of the top military prosecutor and top defence counsel, and a failure by the JAG to fix long-identified problems and figure out ways to improve the sluggish system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

Blakes study breaks down Canadian private equity numbers Kurt Sarno

Feeling that there was a complete lack of market data about private equity deals in Canada, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP decided to rectify the situation by conducting its own market study. For the Canadian Private Equity Deal Study, the team at Blakes looked at more than 100 transactions signed between 2014 and 2017 among unrelated parties that the firm had been involved with as lead or Canadian counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 1:13 PM

Lawyer licensing report raises access to justice issues at LSO Convocation Jaqueline Horvat sm

Changes to lawyer licensing brought up a number of issues at the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) May Convocation, including the cost of post-secondary education, access to justice, socioeconomic diversity in the profession and the importance of the Programme de pratique du droit (PPD). ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

Court tosses Ecuadorian case vs. Chevron Canada, but ‘corporate separateness’ principles questioned Peter_Grant_sm

The lost Ontario appeal of Ecuadorian villagers seeking billions from the Canadian subsidiary of a U.S. energy company for environmental damage caused in their homeland speaks to “bedrock principles” of corporate separateness, but leaves a door slightly open for future courtroom debate, says one legal mind. ... [read more]

Monday, May 28, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

Law Society of Ontario commits to improving regulatory, hearing processes for Indigenous peoples Dianne Corbiere sm

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has approved a series of recommendations to reform the regulatory and hearing processes impacting Indigenous peoples in an effort to enhance cultural competency across the profession. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - Last Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:51 PM

SCC clarifies law on setting aside uninformed guilty pleas Micahel Moldaver

The Supreme Court of Canada has divided over the test for setting aside uninformed guilty pleas in a 4-3 decision that upholds the cocaine trafficking conviction of a B.C. permanent resident who was not informed by his criminal defence counsel that his guilty plea could lead to him being deported for “serious criminality” under Canada’s immigration laws. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

Ottawa delays removing, replacing sidelined judge as taxpayers continue to foot massive litigation costs ody Wilson-Raybould

More than three months after the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) found Justice Michel Girouard lacked the integrity to remain on the bench — the Trudeau government has yet to take the necessary steps to fire the Quebec Superior Court judge who had been accused of taking cocaine before he joined the bench in 2010. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright turns to chatbot to talk about privacy, online security Ryan Berger

An Australian creation has been adapted to talk about European laws and will soon be the foundation for service that gives advice about Canadian privacy breaches. “Parker” is the name of an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot that was developed by Norton Rose Fulbright. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal upholds class action against Western Hockey League Steven Barrett, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Three former junior hockey players have filed a class action suit against the Western Hockey League (WHL) for past wages and benefits they say they are owed because they were employees of their clubs during their playing days, and the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the lawsuit can proceed largely as planned. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:13 AM

B.C. has strong case in challenge of Alberta fuel law: legal experts Eric Adams, University of Alberta Faculty of Law

The B.C. government has challenged an Alberta law designed to choke off fuel supplies to British Columbia, saying it would cause “irreparable harm” and runs contrary to Canada’s Constitution, and legal experts are saying the province is on solid ground in one aspect of its court challenge, but may be vulnerable in another area. ... [read more]