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December, 2017
  • Life support case raises questions for lawyers

    An Ontario judge has ordered costs personally against a lawyer who brought an emergency application to stop a hospital from taking her client off life support, despite having no instructions from him or his family to do so.
  • Law society to widen scope of family law

    Now that the Law Society of Upper Canada has committed to opening some parts of family law to paralegals, practitioners are warning against letting paralegals offer legal services in the area without lawyers’ supervision.
  • Region of Waterloo refuses records to lawyer

    An adjudicator has upheld a decision taken by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo not to disclose certain records to a prominent lawyer about a complaint filed against him.


  • Susan Delacourt

    The Hill

    An optimistic end to 2017

    When 2017 got under way, Canadian politics-watchers were keen to see how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would find common ground with President Donald Trump.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Rest up for 2018

    No one would say it was a dull year. While 2016 might have brought external developments that few could have anticipated, the most interesting facets of the legal profession in 2017 were the discussions that took place internally.
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    Reid technique is problematic

    In 1998, a 25-year-old unsophisticated man in Alberta was arrested for aggravated assault on his infant son.

Focus On

  • No insulation from civil forfeiture

    A plea bargain with the federal Crown in a criminal proceeding in which it agrees not to seek forfeiture of certain assets will not necessarily prevent the province from successfully bringing its own application under the Civil Remedies Act.
  • Judges should examine if drivers criminally culpable

    The Ontario Court of Appeal is reminding trial judges that in cases involving a fatal collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, the focus should be on whether the driver’s actions were criminally culpable and not the specific circumstances of the collision.
  • CBA wades into tax fight

    The Canadian Bar Association made headlines this fall for joining other organizations to oppose the federal government’s proposed tax changes for private corporations.
  • McLachlin’s legacy on criminal law

    In one of the first criminal law cases to be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada after Beverley McLachlin was named its chief justice in January 2000, she wrote the dissenting judgment.
  • No movement on scrapping surcharge

    The federal government says it has not taken further steps to give judges the discretion to waive the mandatory victim surcharge, despite announcing its intention to do so 14 months ago, because of a lack of time available in Parliament.

Inside Story


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