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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 3:56 PM

B.C. court implements support person guidelines Thomas Crabtree

The Provincial Court of British Columbia announced in a notice to the profession on April 10 guidelines for having a support person present in small claims or family proceedings. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Court of appeal upholds Ontario Securities Commission rules of procedure Frédéric Duguay

The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision by the divisional court in favour of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

Amendment would reinstate Canadians’ right to hearing before citizenship stripped Lorne Waldman

A proposed amendment looks to put an end to Canadians being stripped of their citizenship without a court hearing. ... [read more]

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 4:42 PM

Crowns, defence counsel warn bail proposal would create huge trial delays Rick Woodburn

Proposed Criminal Code reforms that prosecutors and defence counsel warn will “exponentially” add to court delays by turning bail hearings into lengthy “mini-trials” are expected to be scotched by the majority Liberals — despite so far garnering significant cross-party support in both houses of Parliament. ... [read more]

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 2:04 PM

Prairie law societies collaborate on regulation pilot project Kristin Dangerfield

Law Society of Manitoba benchers will be presented with a pilot project on April 20 from their committee on entity regulation that was created through collaboration with their fellow regulators in Saskatchewan and Alberta. ... [read more]

Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 1:41 PM

N.L. budget gives additional funding to justice system

Newfoundland and Labrador's 2017 budget unveiled on April 6 includes increased funding for the justice system. ... [read more]

Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Alberta law reform agency recommends abolition of outmoded perpetuities rule

The Alberta Law Reform Institute describes the Rule Against Perpetuities (RAP) as an “old and complex” set of rules to keep people from tying up land or assets to the extent at which future generations are unable to sell or mortgage property. Alberta reformed RAP in the Perpetuities Act in 1972, but now the province's law reform agency has published a report recommending the abolition of the perpetuities law altogether. ... [read more]

Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 11:10 AM

Physicians opposed to assisted dying say their Charter rights are being violated Elyse Sunshine

Doctors morally opposed to medical assistance in dying are caught between the law and their rights under the Charter as they argue that a policy which requires them to refer patients for medically assisted death is ethically the same as being directly involved in the patient’s death. ... [read more]

Friday, April 07, 2017 @ 9:57 AM

Courage under fire — five years at Supreme Court for Justice Moldaver Exclusive

After 44 years devoted to the criminal law, Supreme Court Justice Michael Moldaver still loses sleep over tough cases like R. v. Jordan — last year’s Charter blockbuster which aimed to speed up the sclerotic justice system but whose fallout led to the dismissal of some murder and child sexual assault charges. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 06, 2017 @ 2:34 PM

Family lawyers back NDP bill to amend Family Law Act Elli Cohen

For family lawyers like Gary Joseph, the Family Law Amendment Act (Support for Adult Children) has been a long time coming. ... [read more]