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Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

SCC affirms non-lawyers can represent Quebec government before social aid tribunal Russell-BROWN

The Supreme Court has rejected the Barreau du Québec’s bid to bar non-lawyers from drafting motions, proceedings or other legal documents for use by Quebec’s Ministry of Employment and Social Solidarity in social benefit cases at the Administrative Tribunal of Quebec (ATQ). ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

LAWYERS - Reserved area of practice

Appeal by the Barreau du Québec from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal setting aside a decision granting motions for judicial review of decisions of the Administrative Tribunal of Québec (ATQ). ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:50 AM

EVIDENCE - Methods of proof - Informants - Privilege

Appeal by Durham Regional Crime Stoppers Inc. (Crime Stoppers) and Corner from the decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice stating that informer privilege did not apply to the Crime Stoppers tip in the case of the 2014 shooting that resulted in the death of Niazi. ... [read more]

Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:08 AM - Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:16 AM

SCC rules informer privilege won’t shield wrongdoing by Crime Stopper tipsters Jennifer Penman

Anonymous crime tipsters can’t hide behind informer privilege in furtherance of their own criminal activity or with the aim of interfering with the administration of justice, the Supreme Court has ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:54 AM

Ottawa sticks to its plan to compel judges to publicly disclose expenses Beverley-MCLACHLIN

The Liberal government has refused the judiciary’s plea to water down proposed legislative changes that would require judges to publicly disclose their travel and other expenses for the first time. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

Joint accounts continue to be the gift that keeps on giving (to estate litigators)

Ten years after the Supreme Court of Canada issued companion decisions on the ownership of joint accounts, the issue continues to divide families. Judges are now being asked to resolve more estate disputes than ever due to an aging population. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

Law societies get bumpy ride at SCC hearing of Groia ‘incivility’ test case Tom Curry

Legal regulators’ argument that they can discipline defence counsel who can’t demonstrate a “reasonable basis” for alleging prosecutorial misconduct in court was probed by Supreme Court judges concerned about chilling robust advocacy. ... [read more]

Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

MANAGEMENT RIGHTS - Scheduling of work - Constitutional issues - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Life, liberty and security of person

Appeal by the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC) from a Federal Court of Appeal judgment allowing the government’s application for judicial review and setting aside a grievance adjudicator’s decision. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

SCC paves way for ‘standby’ pay for federal Crowns Ursula Hendel

The union for 2,600 federal lawyers now awaiting the results of their “binding conciliation” with Treasury Board has had a big boost from the Supreme Court for the union’s ongoing fight against Crowns being required to “stand by” for free to do emergency legal work. ... [read more]

Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

SCC poised to hear landmark Groia case on lawyer ‘incivility’ Joseph Groia

An overflow crowd of lawyers is expected at the Supreme Court Nov. 6 to watch a much-anticipated lawyer “incivility” test case that could define the boundaries of barristers’ zealous legal representation and of law societies’ powers to regulate courtroom advocacy. ... [read more]