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Monday, 20 April 2015 08:00 Written by Michele Krech
Vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada bench — comprised of eight puisne judges and the chief justice — are filled according to the will of the prime minister. Although there has been significant debate about the process and criteria for selecting Supreme Court judges, little if any debate has revolved around the selection of the chief justice in particular.
A few weekends ago, I joined about 78 Legal Assistance Plan volunteers from across British Columbia at the annual LAPBC volunteer’s training retreat in Harrison Lake. Our profession is fortunate to be served by so many caring people willing to help colleagues facing challenges. We all know our job can be stressful and collectively, we need to face some of the negative ways that stress manifests itself in our profession.
The provincial government has announced the closure of three courthouses in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are satellite facilities in Guysborough, Port Hood, and Baddeck, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres.
Canada is preparing to implement the Patent Law Treaty, which aims to harmonize formal procedures in respect of patent applications. Statutory amendments which implement and go beyond the treaty were recently passed into law, and regulatory amendments are expected to be released in draft for public consultation late 2016. The statutory and regulatory amendments will come into force after that.
I’ve written before about the changes to the Canadian permanent residence process and the Express Entry system. We all know it’s changed. We know there is a portal. We know you enter the portal and get ranked against fellow applicants based on a variety of factors including language ability, age, education, and whether or not there has been a labour market test for the position you currently hold in Canada.
Monday, 30 March 2015 09:24 Written by Debra Forman
Most people in the legal industry feel like they’re finally starting to get a handle on the various things that have been changing in recent years. We’ve become accustomed to the ideas of shifting client expectations, a buyer’s market for legal services, savvier clients, and the need to change the way legal services are offered and priced.