Shannon Kari is an experienced freelance legal journalist.
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 09:00
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However, the concepts are being addressed again in courts in Canada in the 21st century, in connection with third-party funding agreements for litigation.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01
The world of strategic planning can often seem confusing and overpopulated with buzzwords and acronyms such as SWOT or SMART. For an in-house legal department though, a well-crafted set of goals that are measurable can both contribute to a company meeting its overall goals and also highlight the value of the legal services that are being provided.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00
Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:00
The two most high-profile criminal trials in Canada in the past year were ones that took place in provincial court. The prosecutions of Senator Mike Duffy and former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi were the source of voluminous media coverage — by national media outlets, on social media, and the subject of endless commentary by columnists, pundits, and academics. As well, the courtroom actions and eventual rulings by justices Charles Vaillancourt and William Horkins were subject to intense scrutiny.
Monday, 02 May 2016 09:00
In an overview of the law of sexual assault and the need both to encourage reporting of this crime and to ensure that myths about complainants are not part of the analysis conducted by a trier of fact, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin made these comments: “[T]he reality is that evidence of sexual conduct and reputation in itself cannot be regarded as logically probative of either the complainant’s credibility or consent . . . the old rules which permitted evidence of sexual conduct and condoned invalid inferences from it solely for these purposes have no place in our law.” The statements are not recent; they were made in 1991 and form part of her majority judgment for the Supreme Court of Canada in R v. Seaboyer.
Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00
The Supreme Court of Canada is normally the end of the road for contentious legal issues, regardless of which area of the law is being argued. In its long-awaited decision last December in a trilogy of secondary markets class action appeals, however, lawyers who acted on the plaintiff side and those on the defendant side of these actions were left wanting when it came to the big picture in this area.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:01
The successful bidder for 11 acres of prized waterfront real estate, near the foot of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, is expected to be announced later this month. The site is the former location of the head office of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and what used to be one of its flagship retail outlets.
Monday, 02 November 2015 09:00
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 07 September 2015 09:00
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