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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 12:24 PM

Prosecutor withdraws 4 of 8 charges against top military judge; defence seeks judge’s recusal at court martial Philippe-Luc Boutin

The unprecedented court martial of Canada’s top military judge started with a bang this week as Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil sought the recusal of the presiding judge — a longtime colleague and friend — and the prosecution withdrew four of its eight charges against the 35-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). There was plenty of action in the first two days of the court martial — in which Col. Dutil is challenging the military’s ability to court martial him on charges, including fraud ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 9:40 AM

Auto insurance changes do not infringe constitutional rights: B.C. government B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is defending the changes it has made to the provincial auto insurance system in response to a lawsuit filed by an organization representing trial lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

Ryerson setting up for law school applications in August, still working on OSAP eligibility Anver Saloojee sm

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law is positioning itself as “the new kids on the block” in legal education. With classrooms in downtown Toronto, a focus on technology and a designated integrated practice curriculum (IPC), the faculty’s interim dean, Anver Saloojee, is encouraging the legal community to get “on board.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 @ 9:34 AM

New B.C. legal aid program aimed at resolving cases before trial David Griffiths, B.C. Legal Services Society

People applying for legal aid in B.C. who do not qualify now have another opportunity to see if they can have their case resolved. Under the new Criminal Early Resolution Contract (CERC) program, some applicants can have their cases sent by intake staff to a lawyer on a limited basis to determine if the issues can be ironed out before trial. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

Alberta Court of Appeal decision on liability has national implications, lawyer says Trevor McDonald, Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled the City of Calgary was partially liable for an attack on a pedestrian who was walking on an overpass near one of its light rail stations, a decision a number of observers say may have ramifications beyond the municipality’s borders. The case in McAllister v. Calgary (City) 2019 ABCA 214 concerns an assault on Kyle McAllister in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2007. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:44 AM

Groups helping crime victims teetering with unstable funding, says advocate Karen_Busby_sm

A boost of almost half a million dollars from Manitoba’s government to organizations helping victims of crime will have a positive impact, but stable funding is needed to keep them from the edge of extinction, says a legal mind. ... [read more]

Monday, June 10, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

B.C. law society referendum approves general meeting changes

Participants in the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC)’s next annual general meeting (AGM) are going to see things being done a little differently. In a referendum which ended May 30, law society members passed two resolutions regarding the meetings, one allowing for advance online voting on motions and another amending the rules to ensure disputes concerning procedure are to be resolved in accordance with applicable common law rather than strictly in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 5:33 PM

SCC greenlights class action in Quebec for alleged historic child sexual abuse Clément Gascon

In an important ruling for Quebec class actions, the Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that a mass tort action — alleging historic sexual assaults committed against children by members of Catholic entities — can proceed, notwithstanding that some of the alleged abuses date back to the 1940s. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Sentences for terrorism could guide those for random mass murder, lawyer says

Severity of punishment for those guilty of planning indiscriminate mass murder may be guided by what has been meted out for terrorism offences, says a Crown following the failed appeal of a woman sentenced to life for conspiring to shoot up a Halifax shopping mall. ... [read more]

Friday, June 07, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

Judicial training bill passes Senate committee with changes easing judicial independence concerns of bench, bar André Pratte

A government-endorsed judicial training bill, that stalled for two years in the Senate due to blowback from the judiciary, is poised to become law after the upper chamber amended the proposed legislation to forestall a separation of powers battle with the judicial branch. ... [read more]