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  • Jury selection report shows system biased, say lawyers

    Jury selection report shows system biased, say lawyers

    Jun 18, 2018

    A report by a judge in Ottawa is making waves among lawyers because it reveals the statistics about the composition of juries in two Eastern Ontario regions.

  • Adjudicators shouldn’t be benchers: paralegals

    Adjudicators shouldn’t be benchers: paralegals

    Apr 30, 2018

    Some paralegals are calling for deputy judges to be barred from serving as benchers at the Law Society of Ontario.

  • Case is reminder evidence can be used without consent

    Case is reminder evidence can be used without consent

    Apr 23, 2018

    A recent decision of the Ontario Judicial Council is a reminder that evidence of misconduct in a professional disciplinary hearing will likely be admitted even if it has been obtained surreptitiously by a private individual and without consent.

  • Assessments process still marred by delays

    Assessments process still marred by delays

    Apr 16, 2018

    An Ontario judge has added his voice to a chorus of justices and lawyers calling on the provincial government to fix long delays at assessment offices.

  • Assessments mess

    Apr 16, 2018

    In March 2017, an Ontario Divisional Court ruling had sharp words for the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General over issues with its assessments office.

  • Precedent-setting costs award upheld

    Precedent-setting costs award upheld

    Mar 26, 2018

    Lawyers say a recent case, in which a deputy judge ordered an unsuccessful litigant to pay $21,000 in costs to a defendant who spent more than $158,000, exposes the inability of the Small Claims Court to impose high penalties on people who bring meritless litigation.

  • 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.

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