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October, 2017
  • Judge rules 44-month delay in corruption trial is all right

    An Ontario Superior Court judge has ruled that a 44-month period from the time charges were laid until the expected end of trial is not unreasonable, in part because it is a rare prosecution under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
  • Concerns voiced over new condo tribunal

    Lawyers are voicing concerns over the limited jurisdiction of the new tribunal being set up to handle condominium disputes when it opens its doors in November.
  • OCA rules on partial summary judgment

    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.


  • Jennifer Quito

    Correcting the record on LSUC diversity statement

    This fall, the Law Society of Upper Canada advised licensees that they must create and abide by an individual statement of principles that acknowledges their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally and in their behaviour toward colleagues, employees, clients and the public.
  • Gabrielle Giroday

    Editorial Obiter

    Petty position

    There’s an old adage: If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them. I was reminded of this phrase recently as controversy trickled up about a statement of principles lawyers will be required to sign. The issue is, admittedly, complex.

Focus On

  • Estates in joint names opens up problems

    An increasing number of estates are being put into joint names, in many cases as a means of avoiding probate taxes. Unfortunately, this can also mean that those estates become vulnerable, and the assets can be taken advantage of by the joint holder.
  • Lawyers can help stop abuse of power of attorney

    Cases of elder abuse resulting in criminal charges have proven to be rare, and lawyers say that it’s frustrating when police don’t take matters seriously.
  • Issues highlighted with long-term care

    The murders of eight residents in nursing homes in Southwestern Ontario by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer has prompted the Ontario government to launch an inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system.
  • Indian Act ‘paternalistic’ on will-making

    While most Canadians are free to dispose of property in a will, that right is circumscribed for those indigenous Canadians subject to the Indian Act who live on reserves. Lawyers say the impact of this can be problematic, but in some cases, it may actually prove more beneficial than being subject to a provincial regime.

Inside Story


  • Oct 23, 2017

    Editorial Cartoon: October 23, 2017


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Law Times Poll

A group of benchers opposed to the Statement of Principles will need to win the support of their colleagues to repeal the requirement. Do you think they will be successful in repealing the statement of principles in the coming year?