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Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 11:53 AM

Updated: Supreme Court rules automatic suspensions OK when lawyers fail to take mandatory CPD Rosalie Abella

Affirming that law societies must be afforded “considerable latitude” in exercising their public interest mandate, the Supreme Court has split 5-2 to dismiss the challenge of an 87-year-old Winnipeg litigator who now faces an automatic suspension of his licence to practise because he refuses to take the 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) required annually in Manitoba. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Supreme Court to rule on challenge to compulsory CPD for lawyers Charles Huband

The Supreme Court of Canada will decide Thursday whether to endorse a Winnipeg lawyer’s far-reaching — but thus far unsuccessful — challenge to mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for lawyers. ... [read more]

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 3:15 PM

Koziebrocki opens firm catering to regulated professionals

Josh Koziebrocki has opened Koziebrocki Law, a firm focused on representing regulated professionals with complaints, investigations and discipline proceedings. ... [read more]

Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 3:13 PM

Former Ontario AG Bryant joins Robichaud's as counsel

Michael Bryant, former attorney general of Ontario, has joined Robichaud’s Criminal Lawyers as counsel. ... [read more]

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 4:39 PM

SCC rules no-fault car accident regime bars negligence suits against third parties Andrew Kliger

Eight years ago Gilles Gargantiel lost part of his leg to frostbite as he lay injured in a ditch for nearly two days in October because Sûreté du Québec police stopped looking for him two hours after his auto accident — while ignoring the GPS co-ordinates repeatedly being sent to them by his car’s on-board location system. Ten years earlier, Thérèse Godbout’s fractured legs were both amputated as a result of complications she claims were caused by the negligence of the Montreal surgeons who operated on her after a serious car crash. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

Supreme Court of Canada reinvigorates bail pending appeal Michael Lacy

The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a restrictive approach to eligibility for bail that would have made it very difficult for those convicted of violent or other serious offences to be released pending appeal — even though the appellants posed little risk of flight or danger to public safety. ... [read more]

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:06 PM

Supreme Court reins in warrantless searches Roy Millen

A person’s home remains his or her castle the Supreme Court of Canada has reaffirmed in a March 17 Charter judgment which forcefully reins in warrantless searches, while adding to the law on exclusion of evidence under s. 24(2) of the Charter, and deciding that the confessions rule does not apply in Charter voir dires. ... [read more]

Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

Wilson-Raybould discloses litigation principles in Charter cases Jody Wilson-Raybould

Canada’s attorney general says she follows six principles in deciding whether to defend Charter challenges, including attacks on Conservative-era laws the Liberals have pledged to repeal. ... [read more]

Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

Drawing the fine line between zealous advocacy and incivility

Like American politics, the legal profession has suffered a decline in civility. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

Battle over TWU’s proposed law school heads to SCC Earl Phillips

The fallout from administrative decision-makers taking contradictory positions in similar Charter cases is a live issue as the multi-faceted litigation over Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school moves from the provincial superior courts to the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]