This Week's Issue
|Yamri Taddese - Monday, May 13, 2013|
Each time Rhonda Nordlander leaves the courthouse, she suffers an episode of what she calls “post-traumatic court disorder.”
Like many family law litigants in this country, Nordlander has found herself navigating the complex court system by herself. She’s been trying to get access to her children who live with her ex-husband. The do-it-yourself journey has been a downward spiral littered with frustration and failure, she says.
“It’s turned into something that’s way over my head.”
Stories like Nordlander’s are at the heart of a final report on self-represented litigants in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. As part of her research, University of Windsor law professor Julie Macfarlane...
OTTAWA — How much do criminals actually cost society? The federal government is looking to answer that question through a new effort to study the cost of a life of crime in Canada in a bid to bolster the case for youth crime prevention.
Lawyers are hoping for more consistent rules for international arbitration across Canada as plans are in the works to smooth out differences between the provinces and territories.
Several court decisions dealing with cost recovery have emanated out of condo land lately. While the ratios vary, the scattering takes on a distinct shape when viewed as a group that’s trending away from generous cost awards for condominium boards that are successful in their litigation against unit owners. While most of these cases arise out of s. 134(5) of the Condominium Act, they also provide valuable insight and guidance to all lawyers on the law of costs.
Coping when lawyers take extended time off for maternity leave, bereavement or sickness poses a challenge for many law firms.
Details of an international scam targeting law firms in Canada and the United States that bilked them of an estimated $70 million are slowly emerging in court actions on both sides of the border.
Real estate lawyer James Naumovich says he couldn’t have known his law clerk of 28 years would start diverting millions in client money held in trust.
Rhonda Nordlander certainly isn’t alone in having a bad experience as a self-represented litigant.
If you broke your leg, would you look for a remedy on the Internet or go to the hospital? The answer is clear. But what if the hospital put out a notice telling you to cure yourself over the Internet?