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December, 2017
  • Lawyers say expert bias still significant problem

    Personal injury lawyers say a recent arbitrator’s decision is a strong rebuke of expert bias that highlights the problem of professionally paid experts in insurance dispute cases.
  • Lawyers oppose court closures at forum

    The planned centralization of Toronto’s satellite provincial courts to a new courthouse will make accessing the justice system more difficult, said lawyers and other community activists at a community forum Nov. 28.
  • Discipline launched after fees allegedly paid

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has initiated discipline proceedings against a Brampton, Ont. lawyer for allegedly agreeing to pay a Florida-based company for referrals. LSUC investigators have claimed that lawyer John D’Alimonte has been involved in an arrangement in which he or his firm — the Merricks Law Group — agreed to pay a Florida-based medical and legal referral service called 1-800-Ask-Gary for referrals.


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    Time for graduated licensing for lawyers

    Graduated licensing for drivers in Ontario started in 1994. At the time it was introduced, it was touted that the policy was going to save tens of millions of dollars in accident prevention and lives. The policy is very easy to understand and so intuitively and obviously correct that it really requires no justification.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Public space precedent

    The finding in a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court case, Vanderveen v. Waterbridge Media Inc., is worthy of note.

Focus On

  • Issue coding on documents can present challenges

    In order to easily find information as part of e-discovery databases, issues must be coded in order to be searchable in the course of litigation.
  • Standards may require technological competence

    The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is proposing to amend its baseline standards of professionalism for lawyers to include technological competence, even though most law schools in Canada don’t teach how to use innovative digital tools.
  • Communication important for good e-discovery

    When it comes to e-discovery, Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure make having a discovery plan mandatory. Lawyers say that what makes a good discovery plan is good communication and the sense of proportionality to the volume of documents being produced.
  • Paperless trials advantageous for lawyers

    The advent of e-discovery means that the possibility of paperless trials has arrived, and they have been run in Ontario courts in some cases. Lawyers say that when it’s possible to run a paperless trial, they can be a welcome change.

Inside Story


  • Dec 4, 2017

    Editorial cartoon: December 4, 2017


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