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Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Ruling may lead to 'unfit' sentences, expert says

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision could significantly curtail the power of judges to modify joint sentencing submissions and may increase the risk of wrongful convictions, says a McGill University law professor. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Trial judge's discretion in Montreal malpractice case upheld

For the fourth time in four years, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the power of trial judges to decide on causation in civil liability cases based on the entirety of the evidence, with or without scientific certainty. ... [read more]

Thursday, December 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Supreme Court opens door on privacy a crack

The Supreme Court has given its first guidance on when organizations may disclose an individual’s “less sensitive” personal information to others based on that individual’s “implied consent.” ... [read more]

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

Judicial leeway in class actions praised

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent nod to procedural creativity by judges who are managing multijurisdictional class action proceedings is being welcomed by legal experts. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 03, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Grit reforms on judgeships not ‘enough’

The federal government’s judicial appointment reforms leave the door open to business as usual in the hiring of federal judges below the Supreme Court of Canada, say critics who want Ottawa to end the long federal tradition of using judicial appointments as patronage plums. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 03, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ottawa sticks with new process to fill Supreme Court vacancies

Despite some pushback from the organized bar, the federal government says it is sticking with a new process for choosing Supreme Court judges that recently gave lawyers a rare glimpse into the mind of its first nominee, Justice Malcolm Rowe. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ottawa picks NL jurist for Supreme Court

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pick for the Supreme Court of Canada is a strong-minded, incisive and hard-working jurist, with a stubborn streak, who doesn’t suffer fools gladly — in court or out, say lawyers and judges who know him. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 27, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Top court’s decision underscores both independence and flexibility

Quebec justices of the peace — whose jurisdiction and pay were unilaterally cut by their province 12 years ago — regained some ground at the Supreme Court in a nationally important judgment that still leaves governments room to create, abolish and reform judicial posts in the public interest — including the potential flexibility to hire new judicial recruits at pay rates below that of the incumbents. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Mandatory lawyer development headlines top court’s fall docket

In a fall session packed with cutting edge Charter cases, the Supreme Court will also consider the provocative question of whether law societies — absent express statutory authority — can suspend lawyers who don’t take mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) programs. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

'Robust' approach to timely trials, says defence lawyer

Defence counsel say the Ontario Court of Appeal has served notice to lower courts that the s. 11(b) Charter right to trial within a reasonable time must be vigorously enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court’s speedy trial blockbuster handed down this summer. ... [read more]