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Thursday, October 06, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Lawyers: SCC should rule on top court post

The unresolved legal debate over whether scrapping the convention of regional representation in Supreme Court of Canada appointments is unconstitutional merits a reference to the Supreme Court by government, lawyers say. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Cromwell worries judicial gaffes won’t be cured through education

Former Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell says he’s not convinced that mandatory judicial education can prevent the blunders that get some judges into trouble in sexual assault trials. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Strict review of standard texts is SCC’s direction

The Supreme Court’s edict that appellate courts must strictly review lower courts’ interpretations of standard form contracts will expand the scope of appellate scrutiny of contracts in many industries, counsel say. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Quebec jurists are eligible for Cromwell spot

Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal judges from Quebec, including Justice Marc Nadon, are eligible to succeed Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell of Atlantic Canada, as well as to fill the other common law spots not reserved for Quebec on the top court, the federal Department of Justice has confirmed to The Lawyers Weekly. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Grit diversity push for top court criticized as ‘political correctness’

Some lawyers and judges are pushing back against the federal government’s controversial stance that it might set aside constitutional convention by replacing soon-to-retire Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell with a jurist from outside Atlantic Canada, with the aim of building a more diverse bench. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

SCC rules swabs don’t violate Charter

The Supreme Court’s decision authorizing police to swab DNA from the penises of some sexual assault suspects incident to their arrest raises the question whether Parliament should create a new warrant for invasive personal searches, such as genital swabs and body cavity searches. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 30, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

‘Incivility’ case heads to top court

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) controversial decision to sanction Toronto litigator Joseph Groia for improperly casting aspersions on opposing counsel in court has landed on the Supreme Court’s doorstep in an appeal which asks whether judges or law societies are the final arbiters of lawyers’ courtroom conduct. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Ruling could prompt change in bestiality law

Animal rights advocates say their recent loss at the Supreme Court adds new urgency to nearly two decades of failed legislative efforts to update Canada’s antiquated animal cruelty laws. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Sweeping power of CRA rolled back by Supreme Court ruling

New federal legislation restoring the tax man’s audit powers could follow the Supreme Court’s invalidation of provisions that purported to compel lawyers and notaries to disclose information to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), including their accounting records and clients’ names. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Rate hike on mortgage in arrears slapped down by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has put teeth into the federal Interest Act’s s. 8 prohibition against hiking mortgage interest when borrowers fall into arrears. ... [read more]