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Tuesday, November 03, 2020 @ 8:20 AM

Why lawyers should work with paralegals | Karen Heath paralegal_sm

Rewind about five years. I am three weeks post-call and about to test out my litigation chops for the first time in provincial offences court. I have a script. It’s in 24 font and averages about 30 words per page. It includes my name written out so I remember to say it on the record, H-E-A-T-H, first initial K. I kid you not. I clerked, you see, so my in-court appearances were nil compared to my firm-articled compatriots. And I am nervous. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 3:19 PM

Lawyers hope long-term care legal actions will continue, despite pending Ontario legislation Pinta Maguire

Some class actions and lawsuits alleging negligence by Ontario long-term care facilities in the deaths of more than 2,000 residents and patients from COVID-19 could effectively be wiped out by legislation proposed by the Ontario government, says an expert on class actions. But two lawyers involved believe their legal actions could withstand the immunity law. ... [read more]

Monday, November 02, 2020 @ 1:02 PM

The lawyer-paralegal relationship in B.C. | Jennifer Brun paralegal_sm

Lawyers and paralegals in British Columbia have been working together to provide client services for as long as there have been formal education programs for paralegals. This partnership brings together complementary skill sets, each founded through education, experiential training and ethical standards. Paralegals are defined by the BC Paralegal Association as those who “have legal training and knowledge of the substantive and procedural aspects of law and are capable of independent legal work, performed subject to the general supervision of a lawyer.” ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:30 PM

Elder abuse, nursing home negligence goes back decades | Jana Schilder

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting residents in nursing homes particularly hard. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent in the military in April to help out in nursing homes amid accusations of abuse, neglect and cruelty. The Oct. 23 episode of CBC’s investigative show Marketplace found that 85 per cent of Ontario nursing homes break the law repeatedly with almost no consequences. ... [read more]

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 6:16 AM

OCCUPIERS’ LIABILITY - Particular situations - Ice and snow

Appeal by the defendant School District from the dismissal of its application for summary judgment dismissing the action against it. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:38 PM

Popular misconceptions about court transcriptionists cassette

Authorized Court Transcriptionists (ACTs) hear a lot of things that make us either cringe or laugh about how we are perceived. We all need to laugh once in a while, even when it hurts, so here we go! ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 8:29 AM

Digital health care in a pandemic: Risks and rewards virtual_doctor_sm

As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed digital functionalities to the fore, it is impacting significantly the delivery of health care, in particular virtual care and access to medical records. However, as in other areas, privacy and security risks abound. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 8:54 AM

LSO Convocation adopts revised proposals on fee exemptions for older practitioners Atrisha Lewis

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has tweaked its proposals to remove fee exemptions for certain older members of the profession, adopting measures which would provide a reduced rate for practitioners 65 and older and ensuring those individuals who are currently covered by an exemption for those who have practised 50 years or more will still be able to benefit when it is eliminated next year. ... [read more]