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Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

Make more legal supports available for involuntarily detained, B.C. bar association urges CBABC president Margaret Mereigh

The B.C. bar association is calling for the provincial government to make changes to the Mental Health Act (MHA) to better protect legal rights for those who find themselves involuntarily detained under the Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Canadian judges’ fear that disclosing their expenses might endanger them not borne out by Irish judges’ experience David Lametti

Irish judges, whose travel and business expenses have been disclosed to the public for several years, have not been targeted unfairly as a result by media criticism, nor seen their personal security imperiled by disgruntled litigants — an Irish court spokesperson has told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 03, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Professor alleges judgments are ‘insensitive’ about sexual violence and murder but lawyer believes aim is to help readers understand cases Elaine Craig

A new academic study contends that Ontario Court of Appeal Justice David Watt’s practice of writing dramatic “literary” introductions to some of his criminal law judgments that involve personal suffering, sexual violence and murder is not only insensitive and possibly hurtful to the victims and their families, but risks further undermining women’s confidence in the criminal justice system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 1:59 PM

Decision nixing arbitration reflects need for efficient class actions, says lawyer Bob_Buckingham_sm

An appeal decision in Newfoundland allowing a group of residents to take a paper mill to court instead of individual arbitration over damage to their homes reflects the efficiency needed in “today’s climate” of class action litigation, says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 10:42 AM

B.C. legal aid deal speaks well of government’s commitment to system: lawyers’ group Richard Fowler, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL) spokesperson

People relying on legal aid in British Columbia can breathe a sign of relief as the B.C. government has agreed to support the development of a new framework for the system, thus ending a threatened strike by legal aid lawyers in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Hotlines help with access to justice issues: legal organizations Patricia Byrne, People's Law School

Legal organizations and thinkers throughout Canada are grappling with ways to help people get the legal information they require in the face of significant access to justice issues. And people in British Columbia and Ontario may be able to get answers to their questions by simply picking up a telephone. ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Self-represented lawyers receive same treatment as lay people in cost awards, court rules Eli Karp sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal determined, in an appeal on a costs award, that when the self-represented party is a lawyer, they “will be treated in substantially the same way as any other self-represented litigant.” The decision, counsel said, shows that in costs awards a lawyer’s “time is recoverable, but not at counsel rates.” ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 10:36 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 12:52 PM

Court’s segregation cap positive step, more precaution needed for vulnerable inmates, lawyer and senator say Kim Pate sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision to put a hard cap on the number of days Canadian inmates are held in administrative segregation is a “step in the right direction,” Sen. Kim Pate said. However, she and counsel for the appellant said more needs to be done to define which vulnerable inmates should be kept out of segregation altogether.   ... [read more]

Monday, April 01, 2019 @ 9:41 AM

Securities regulators aim to have new rules on syndicated mortgages in place by year end Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

Canada’s securities regulators are moving forward with their plans to increase oversight of syndicated mortgages, and are seeking input on additional proposals aimed at protecting people who want to take part in the risky investment. ... [read more]

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 12:56 PM

Manitoba labour board on sidelines during bargaining unit restructure, lawyer says

A Manitoba court’s ruling that an appointed commissioner is the one to handle certification applications from non-unionized health care workers during a current revamp of bargaining units in that sector has left the province’s labour board “waiting in the wings” until it is completed, says a lawyer. ... [read more]