Current Issue

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March, 2018
  • Task force looks at cutting number of benchers

    As the number of benchers who govern the Law Society of Ontario has swelled to 100, the provincial regulator is considering reforms to make it a leaner entity.
  • Former client suing family lawyer over report

    A Whitby, Ont. man is suing his former family lawyer for allegedly failing to take proper steps to exclude a report written by an unqualified witness that contributed to him losing custody of his children.
  • Precedent-setting costs award upheld

    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.


Focus On

  • Caution urged when sharing privileged documents

    A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal appears to have sparked a collective sigh of relief from lawyers involved in structuring commercial transactions.
  • Clarification over document privilege welcome move

    The recent clarification of the powers of the federal Commissioner of Competition to assert privilege over documents is an opportunity for more efficient and fair proceedings in the future, say lawyers who practise in the competition field.
  • Limitations period on sex assault claims clarified

    An ongoing lawsuit against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has also resulted in one of the only rulings to interpret how amendments that exempted sexual assault claims from limitations periods in Ontario should be applied to defendants not alleged to be the perpetrator.
  • Issue must be ‘novel’ to avoid cost award

    The losing side in litigation must show more than a specific issue has not been previously adjudicated to be considered “novel” and avoid a costs award, an Ontario Superior Court judge explained in a recent class action ruling.

Inside Story

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    Judge Dismisses Conspiracy Class Action

    Guthrie Award Nominations

    Law Times Poll


  • Mar 26, 2018

    Editorial Cartoon: March 26, 2018


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The Law Society of Ontario is in the midst of a major overhaul of the role of paralegals in family law — and a proposal on the issue could become an imminent issue for the regulator’s newly elected benchers. Do you agree with widening the scope of family law matters that paralegals can address?