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Lawyers say LAT has issues one year in

Alex Robinson - Monday, March 27, 2017

The Licence Appeal Tribunal is still experiencing growing pains a year into its mandate to adjudicate accident benefit disputes, lawyers say.
As the LAT approaches the end of its first year conducting the Automobile Accident Benefits Service, lawyers are voicing concerns over how the new resolution system has operated so far.

Among their concerns are the non-existence of costs awarded and the tribunal’s adjournment process, as well as the conduct of case conferences and hearings.

Some lawyers say the tribunal’s procedures are being followed too strictly, affecting the fairness of hearings.

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Inside Story

Monday, March 27, 2017

LSUC REAPPOINTS WRIGHT TO TRIBUNAL
David A. Wright has been reappointed as chairman of the Law Society Tribunal for a four-year term, starting in September.

Wright was first appointed as the independent organization’s first full-time non-bencher tribunal chairman in 2013, as part of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s enhancements to its adjudicative process for discipline, licensing and other regulatory matters.

Under Wright’s leadership, a new scheduling process was established to maximize hearing date options and reduce vacated and continuation dates, said the LSUC in a press release.

A new, dedicated website was also developed to enhance transparency of tribunal proceedings.

To build the tribunal’s distinct identity, Wright and his team developed a set of core values for the organization: fairness, quality, transparency and timeliness, said the LSUC.

“I am extremely happy to be reappointed as tribunal chair and I look forward to continuing to build the Law Society Tribunal as a leader in the administrative...

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