judiciary


  • 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.

  • Lawyers in Colvin affair battle over alleged conflict

    Dec 7, 2009
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