• OCA rules on emergency doctrine

    OCA rules on emergency doctrine

    Mar 5, 2018

    An Ontario Court of Appeal justice has warned against “summary judgment at all costs” in her dissent of a ruling on the application of the doctrine of emergency in a personal injury case.

  • Post-Hryniak pushback

    Mar 5, 2018

    When the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its landmark judgment in Hryniak v. Mauldin in 2014, it marked a massive shift in the way civil litigation was approached.

  • Rhetoric vs. reality on self-represented litigants

    Mar 5, 2018

    Currently, there is a tension between the rhetoric and reality of civil litigation practice in cases involving self-represented litigants.

  • Judge blasts lawyers over $3,500 dispute

    Judge blasts lawyers over $3,500 dispute

    Jan 22, 2018

    An Ontario judge has criticized the conduct of two personal injury lawyers as “shameful” in a dispute over less than $3,500.

  • AI needs debate about potential bias

    Jan 15, 2018

    Artificial intelligence — or, at a high level, computer systems that are self-learning and self-executing — is introducing profound efficiencies to the legal industry by automating an increasing number of tasks traditionally performed by legal professionals.

  • Language rights

    Jan 15, 2018

    When one is not a French speaker or living or practising inside Quebec or other areas of French-speaking Canada, it might be easy to lose sight of the importance of French-speaking judges and French legal services.

  • OCA rules on partial summary judgment

    OCA rules on partial summary judgment

    Oct 23, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a warning to lawyers that they should only bring partial summary judgment motions in the clearest of cases.

  • Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Modern technology needed in civil courts

    Oct 2, 2017

    During his tenure on the Superior Court, the frustrations expressed in rulings by Justice David Brown about the failure to make use of modern technology in the civil courts was not noted only by the legal community in southern Ontario.

  • Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Ontario to improve provincial court diversity

    Sep 18, 2017

    The Ontario government has announced plans to bolster the diversity of provincial court appointments with reforms to the province’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee. Lawyers say that this is a needed move, as the Ontario Court of Justice is noticeably lacking in diversity, especially outside of Toronto. “It’s a positive thing that the government is seeking a diversity of candidates when looking at judicial applications,” says Michael Spratt, partner with Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP and also former vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa.

  • Concerns voiced over non-lawyer JPs

    Concerns voiced over non-lawyer JPs

    Sep 5, 2017

    Of the 38 justices of the peace the provincial government appointed this summer, only 12 have law degrees. This has led to a renewed call by lawyers for a requirement that justices of the peace who preside over bail hearings have a law degree.

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