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Lawyers filling court technology void

Michael Tweyman says it’s time to drag court document service into the 21st century.
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Lawyer admits records a ‘disaster,’ apologizes for bilking LAO

A lawyer found guilty of charging Legal Aid Ontario for work he didn’t do told a Law Society of Upper Canada hearing panel his “sloppy record keeping” and his chaotic life due to his addiction to alcohol are to blame for his actions.

Is dot-lawyer domain a good idea?

Lawyers are weighing the pros and cons of paying a pretty penny to snap up an Internet domain name with the word “lawyer” on the right side of the dot.
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Solicitors organizing to boost numbers at Convocation

With high stakes in the Law Society of Upper Canada’s conversation about alternative business structures, Ontario solicitors are looking to boost their voice in the upcoming bencher elections given that there are just a handful of them on the regulator’s governing body.
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Unrepresented litigants make plea for compassion

In a frank open letter directed at the judiciary, self-represented litigants say they’re sick of being treated as “annoying obstacles unworthy of compassion and understanding” when they stand before the courts.
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Bar shocked at ‘unprecedented’ recusal

In a move some lawyers are calling unprecedented, Tax Court of Canada Justice Patrick Boyle has recused himself from completing further proceedings in a case after finding appeal materials filed in the matter had accused him of “deceitful and untruthful conduct.”

Unfilled vacancies threatening court progress

Despite progress on reducing wait times for civil motions, a lag in filling judicial vacancies at the Ontario Superior Court is a growing concern for the justice system, Chief Justice Heather Smith said last week.

Sparks fly as Cassels Brock rejects GM conflict claim

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP was “hopelessly conflicted” when it represented the Canadian government in its bailout talks with General Motors of Canada Ltd. in 2009 while simultaneously acting for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, counsel for dealers who launched a class action over the matter told a Superior Court judge last week.

Move to non-bencher adjudicators lauded

The Law Society Tribunal has boosted the number of non-lawyer and non-bencher adjudicators, a move some observers say creates a fairer process for those facing disciplinary proceedings.
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Advocate’s 17-year journey comes to an end

Teklemichael Sahlemariam’s journey to becoming a lawyer started almost 17 years ago. Next week, after advocacy efforts that landed him in big trouble back home, his journey will end as he becomes a legal advocate at his call to the bar ceremony in Toronto.
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LAO project tests expanded paralegal role

In yet another effort at reform, Legal Aid Ontario says it has trained a handful of its staff paralegals to take on expanded roles in criminal courts.
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JP association concerned about review council process

Ontario’s justices of the peace have lost their bid to intervene in a misconduct hearing over concerns about the handling of allegations that one of their colleagues falsified expenses.
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