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Lawyers applaud Gravesande ruling

Neil Etienne - Monday, November 23, 2015

In a case that raises significant issues for defence counsel around their visits to clients in custody, many Toronto lawyers are applauding an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that set aside a drug-smuggling conviction against a colleague.
On Nov. 13, the appeal court ordered a new trial for veteran Toronto defence lawyer Deryk Gravesande after he challenged his conviction for smuggling 58 grams of marijuana to a client he was visiting at the now-defunct Don Jail in 2012.

Henein Hutchison LLP’s Scott Hutchison, who handled the appeal of Gravesande’s conviction, says there were several reasons for taking on the case. “One, he’s well loved in the legal community and the prosecution had really tested his resources, and, secondly, the circumstances of the case engaged issues that the...

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Inside Story

Monday, November 23, 2015

The County & District Law Presidents’ Association is rebranding itself as the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.

Earlier this month, the presidents of the 46 local law associations voted to change the name. The change reflects a feeling by the association’s executive that the CDLPA name was “cumbersome and did not reflect the full scope of what the organization meant to its membership,” according to a news release.

“It is our intent that this mandate will remain, but with the new name and ‘rebranding,’ we think it will become more clear to members and to key stakeholders that we represent frontline, practising lawyers across Ontario who are members of their local law associations,” said Eldon Horner, the incoming chairman of the organization.

“While we respect the history and tradition of the association and all those who served it as volunteers in the past, it was clear to the presidents and leadership of the association that the name...

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