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Lawyers happy as new courthouse moves forward

Tali Folkins - Monday, June 29, 2015

Work is already beginning at the site of the massive new courthouse planned for Toronto but it’s likely to be several years before it opens its doors, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
“The Ministry of the Attorney General and Infrastructure Ontario are in the planning process for the new courthouse, and have begun working with consultants to conduct surveys, environmental assessments, and soil testing on the site,” wrote ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley in response to a request for an update on the courthouse. The site chosen for the courthouse, he said, is a government-owned piece of land just north of the existing Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Ave. Previously a parking lot, it was closed to the public earlier this month.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

MORE DETAILS ON LAWYER WHO WROTE FAKE ORDERS
A disbarred lawyer in hot water for creating fake court orders in his client’s favour must now pay $10,000 in costs to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Law Society Tribunal issued the costs order in its detailed reasons released on June 18 for its decision to disbar Mississauga, Ont., lawyer Brian Nicholson.

Besides ordering costs, the reasons shed more light on the facts of Nicholson’s case. According to the reasons, Nicholson misled his clients in five litigation files. The principal client, identified in Law Society of Upper Canada v. Nicholson as R.D., had become a friend of the lawyer while he was at a previous firm. In 2012, Nicholson issued a statement of claim on behalf of R.D.’s company in relation to a business dispute but never served it on the defendant or took any other steps to pursue the claim, according to panel chairwoman Susan Opler.

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