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MAG work ‘unsatisfactory,’ says NDP critic

Kabeer Sethi - Monday, October 13, 2014

The Ministry of the Attorney General is doing unsatisfactory work, which is reflected in the “significant negative impact” of the Justice on Target program, according to New Democratic Party MPP and MAG critic Jagmeet Singh.
Singh, the MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, says the ministry’s Justice on Target initiative is putting Ontarians in a tough spot.

“People are pleading guilty instead of exercising their fundamental right to go to trial,” says Singh. “There is focus on quicker resolutions and to wrap up the case.”

Justice on Target is an initiative put forth to address long wait times and effectively reduce criminal court delays. Launched in 2008, JOT claims to have eliminated more than 500,000 criminal court appearances since its inception. However, Singh says the program is putting pressure on clients, especially those with low income.

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Exchange of confidential info needed for conflict: judge

The appearance of conflicts of interest may be common in small towns where lawyers know everyone, but as an Ontario Superior Court judge found, the test for conflict is the same everywhere.

Wrongful Conviction Day

The first Wrongful Conviction Day was held Oct. 2 by The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. Speaker Tim Moore, a cognitive psychologist and professor at York University, spoke about the Reid technique, an interrogative style used by the police that can lead to false confessions.

The Hill: A peek at justice issues from the opposition side of the House

Opposition justice critic Françoise Boivin is one tough lady who makes life a living hell for the Conservative government every day of the week in the House of Commons.

Focus: Compliance efforts helping boost business

Nothing is certain in this world except death and taxes, which is good news for funeral directors and tax lawyers. And that certainty has meant tax boutiques are often conducting a brisk business even when other parts of the legal profession are struggling.

Inside Story

Monday, October 13, 2014

LSUC improving French language services
The Law Society of Upper Canada, in partnership with Ontario’s Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, is establishing new procedures to address complaints about the LSUC’s French-language services.

“This is an important confirmation of the rights of Ontarians, as well as a confirmation of the Law Society’s continuing commitment to access to justice in French,” said Janet Minor, the law society’s treasurer, in a release.

Under the new protocol, the FLSC will forward any complaints to the LSUC, which will then open a file and investigate every complaint.

While the procedures guarantee communication between the LSUC and the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, the law society alone will determine what actions should be taken to resolve the complaint.

The law society and the commissioner will also meet at least once a year in order to discuss how the LSUC has been handling complaints.

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