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Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

Use of 'inadmissible evidence of conduct' leads to new trial, acquittal Heather Pringle

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in an April 19 decision, found that a trial judge's use of "inadmissible evidence of conduct" in a drug trafficking case gave "rise to serious concerns about both moral and reasoning prejudice.” The court ordered a new trial for one appellant and acquitted the other appellant. ... [read more]

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

Court says man should not have been placed in psychiatric unit because of tweets

The Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal upheld an appeal on April 13 against a trial judge’s decision declining to exercise his jurisdiction to hear a habeas corpus application of a man who was held involuntarily at a psychiatric hospital over a series of angry tweets he sent out about a police shooting. ... [read more]

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 3:27 PM

Supreme Court ‘got it right’ on speedy trial right, law professor says Steve Coughlan

The Supreme Court “got it right” with its robust new approach to the Charter’s speedy trial right as the positive impact so far outweighs any perceived negatives, says Dalhousie University law professor Steve Coughlan, who has studied the aftermath of R. v. Jordan. ... [read more]

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 1:38 PM

Electronic registration of land titles to become mandatory in Manitoba Nancy Anderson

The land titles registration system in Manitoba is currently paper-based, but due to a modernization initiative, electronic registration (eRegistration) will be made available in December. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:40 PM

Supreme Court dismisses Quebec lawyers’ appeal Clément Gascon

Unionized Quebec government litigators, who unsuccessfully argued that their constitutional right to strike was gutted when they were nevertheless ordered to show up to represent their employer in court, have lost their appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

Taxi union asks court to quash Ottawa bylaw legalizing private transportation firms

Unifor Local 1688 has filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court looking to quash an Ottawa city council bylaw that licensed private transportation companies to operate in the city. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

Alberta research project aims to study impact of unbundled legal services John-Paul Boyd

Access to justice has become a hot topic for legal communities across Canada and one idea promoted to help alleviate this problem is to have lawyers provide unbundled services. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal provides clarity around ‘your work’ exclusion clause Pino Cianfarani

The "your work" exclusion clause exists in virtually every commercial insurance general liability policy across Canada. Interpretation of this clause can sometimes be misconstrued, but a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal on April 13 provides clarity around the clause in insurance claims. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

Requiring written reasons in sex assault cases will add to court delays, CBA warns Jennifer Koshan

A private member’s bill that would mandate training in sexual assault law for would-be judges, along with written reasons in sexual assault cases, has “laudable” aims but would add to court delays if passed, warns the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 2:56 PM

Pot grow-ops should be prohibited in rental properties, apartment association says John Dickie

The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations (CFAA) is asking the federal government to amend its recently proposed marijuana bill to prohibit all marijuana growing in rented dwellings. ... [read more]