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Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 07:37 PM

Justice ministers agree on post-Jordan action plan to combat trial delays Jody Wilson-Raybould

The ministers responsible for justice across Canada pledged to work swiftly and collaboratively to combat trial delays, including proposing or enacting reforms this year to mandatory minimum penalties, preliminary inquiries, bail, administration of justice offences, case management and to reclassify some hybrid offences to promote faster and more efficient prosecutions. ... [read more]

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 08:59 AM

Expert panel appointed to review medical assistance in dying requests

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has announced the appointment of an expert panel on medical assistance in dying, chaired by Marie Deschamps, former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and adjunct professor at McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 02:13 PM

SCC set to hear rare Hague Convention case but appeal might be moot Philip Epstein

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear separate appeals in a pay equity case from Quebec and in an internationally significant case from Ontario on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 07:33 PM

SCC poised to clarify Jordan, backtracking unlikely Michael Moldaver

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada signalled their openness to clarifying how their new Jordan analytical framework for s. 11(b) Charter claims should treat defence delays, as well as criminal cases in the system before Jordan was handed down last July. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

MLT Aikins adds Aboriginal law counsel

Veteran litigator David Rolf has joined MLT Aikins' Edmonton office as counsel. ... [read more]

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 05:17 PM

Criminal lawyers closely watching Cody for more guidance on speedy trial right Michael Crystal

When the Supreme Court of Canada revisits R. v. Jordan for the first time April 25, Crown and defence counsel will be arguing key points that could affect whether the court’s newly robust enforcement of the Charter right to a speedy trial continues full speed ahead, slows down, or takes a sharp U-turn. ... [read more]

Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 03:27 PM

Supreme Court ‘got it right’ on speedy trial right, law professor says Steve Coughlan

The Supreme Court “got it right” with its robust new approach to the Charter’s speedy trial right as the positive impact so far outweighs any perceived negatives, says Dalhousie University law professor Steve Coughlan, who has studied the aftermath of R. v. Jordan. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 06:40 PM

Supreme Court dismisses Quebec lawyers’ appeal Clément Gascon

Unionized Quebec government litigators, who unsuccessfully argued that their constitutional right to strike was gutted when they were nevertheless ordered to show up to represent their employer in court, have lost their appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 03:20 PM

Saskatchewan academic to head UNB law school

John Kleefeld will soon be joining the University of New Brunswick as professor and dean of law. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

Top court makes changes to Law Clerk Program

The Supreme Court of Canada has made changes to its Law Clerk Program. ... [read more]