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Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:54 AM

Happy birthday, law society | Sam Goldstein

A belated happy 222nd birthday to the Law Society of Upper Canada. On July 17, 1797, 10 lawyers gathered at the Wilson Hotel in Newark, Upper Canada, now Niagara-on-the-Lake to discuss how to better regulate the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, August 16, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Structured settlements: Hopes and dreams or real and certain | Julius Melnitzer

Personal injury lawyers should examine the feasibility of structured settlements (a settlement paid out as an annuity, not all in one lump sum) more closely in today’s low interest environment, a veteran plaintiff’s counsel maintains. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 1:50 PM

Using electronic records as evidence | Ken Chasse

Records are now the most frequently used kind of evidence in legal proceedings and for legal services. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

In defence of the jury system in Ontario | Michael Smitiuch

On matters concerning injury victims, it is not very often that my views align with those of the defence bar in Ontario. So when I read the submissions made by Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) about the proposed revamping of the jury system and agreed with most of their general points, this caused me some concern. As a plaintiffs’ lawyer representing only injury victims, how could it be that I was seemingly on the same page as those who so often stand between victims and their pursuit of justice? ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

Privacy concerns ramped up over border security agreement | Colin Singer

Canada and the U.S. have begun implementation of the third phase of the “Beyond the Border” security agreement finalized by the two countries in 2011. Aimed at facilitating easier trade and travel, the agreement provides for sharing of information about individuals crossing the border between the countries. ... [read more]

Monday, August 12, 2019 @ 11:53 AM

Manhunt case important lesson on presumption of innocence | Kyla Lee

In what was the most interesting news story of the summer, all of Canada watched as police descended on Gillam, Man., to carry out a days-long manhunt for two young men from Port Alberni, B.C., believed to have committed up to three murders in northern B.C. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 9:46 AM

Wellness: Law Society of Ontario doesn’t ‘get’ mental health | Darryl Singer

The recent Law Society Tribunal decisions in the cases of Brown, Stewart and Bagnall reveal that despite all of the LSO’s talk about mental health, they simply still don’t get it. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

The man with the newspaper | Ron Dalton

One day a man gave me his used newspaper to read, he did the same for each of the next five days, hardly a monumental act of kindness but one which had an immediate and lasting impact on my life. It was the summer of 1988 and I had just been arrested for the murder of my wife, the mother of our three young children. I was sitting in a holding cell of the local RCMP detachment in a small rural Newfoundland town. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 8:32 AM

Bifurcated ADR clauses: Better than nothing | Stuart Rudner

I have often encouraged members of the employment law bar to use alternative dispute resolution and arbitration in particular. After all, arbitration can address many of the common complaints about our civil justice system, including the fact that we do not have a specialized court. With arbitration, parties and their counsel can choose their judge and ensure it is someone with the specialized knowledge necessary to decide the case. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

Rewrite needed for Ontario law society exams | Charlotte Cass

In late July, the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor exam results were released. One year ago, I wrote and miraculously passed both exams. I am now a lawyer. Sure, I am relieved and proud, but most I am resentful about the licensing exam process. ... [read more]