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Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 2:57 PM

Trends in defamation include #MeToo, right to be forgotten, panel says Justin Safayeni sm

Defamation in the #MeToo era, the right to be forgotten and reforming the Libel and Slander Act were identified as “new and emerging issues” by panellists at Defamation Law 2019: Current Issues and Emerging Trends program held this spring. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 11:07 AM

B.C. Appeal Court: No principle saying speeding for short time cannot justify criminal sanction

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has overturned a man’s acquittal on a dangerous driving charge, ruling that a lower court judge erred in finding the mental element of the crime was not established because speeding needed to be combined with other activities in order to warrant conviction. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 7:43 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 9:19 AM

Court martial of top military judge collapses; current military judges can’t try case

The unprecedented court martial of Canada’s top military judge collapsed on its fourth day, after the presiding judge, Deputy Chief Military Judge Louis-Vincent d’Auteuil, recused himself and stated that the other three military judges currently on the bench also won’t be able to preside over the case. After delivering more than an hour of oral reasons from the bench June 17, the deputy chief judge — who assigns military judges and also assigned himself to the court martial — granted a defence motion that he recuse himself from presiding over the trial of Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 11:59 AM

Alberta law society looking into bencher election process Alberta Law Society president Rob Armstrong

The Law Society of Alberta is casting an eye on its election process, with the society’s president saying the aim is to ensure the bencher table is accessible to as wide array of candidates as possible. A bencher election task force was struck during the law society’s June board meeting. President Rob Armstrong said the current election process “can exclude certain types of candidates from either running or being elected.” ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 11:02 AM

Advocate lauds AG Lametti’s talk of limiting HIV non-disclosure laws to intent David_Lametti_speaking_sm

If re-elected, Canada’s Liberal government may look to change HIV non-disclosure laws so they target only the intent to transmit the virus and not “criminalize everything else,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti following a panel discussion in downtown Toronto. ... [read more]

Monday, June 17, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

OBA president commends profession for ‘stepping up’ to support Robe Bank Lynne Vicars sm

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) celebrated the launch of its Robe Bank on June 12, matching lawyers who wanted to donate robes to recent calls in need. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said OBA president Lynne Vicars, about the launch. ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Manitoba plans to ‘modernize’ courts, but questions remain Cliff_Cullen_sm

Details such as start date and cost remain unknown in Manitoba’s bid to replace its old and fragmented court system with computerized management. The province’s government announced on May 28 its plans to “modernize Manitoba’s courts through the development of an Integrated Case Management System (ICMS),” integrated computer technology linking courts across the province. ... [read more]

Friday, June 14, 2019 @ 9:38 AM

CBA urges federal candidates to advocate for legal aid, launches social media campaign Ray Adlington 2018 sm

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is mobilizing to put legal aid on the radar of candidates running in the 2019 federal election. On June 13, the organization launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #LegalAidMatters to rally the profession to the cause. The CBA’s national president, Ray Adlington, along with all 13 CBA branch presidents have also written an open letter to federal party leaders urging them to “commit to access to justice for all Canadians.” ... [read more]

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 2:03 PM

Legal Aid Ontario cuts will hurt justice system, the vulnerable, lawyers say Daniel_Brown_sm

Deep cuts to Toronto’s legal aid clinics and a sudden stop to private criminal lawyers using legal aid for common bail hearings will bog down an already congested court system in the country’s most populated city, legal minds say. This view comes after a June 12 announcement by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) that it will be slashing $14 million in funding for legal aid clinics throughout the province in a bid to save $70 million for its 2019-2020 fiscal year. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 9:48 AM

Knowledge gaps regarding spyware used for abuse need to be addressed, researcher says Cynthia Khoo sm

Applications used to track or monitor mobile devices such as cellphones are being repurposed to perpetrate intimate partner violence, noted a pair of reports released by The Citizen Lab on June 12. ... [read more]