The recommendations of a parliamentary committee looking into the criminal record pardon system is a microcosm of a government that has come up short on their promises for criminal justice reform, say criminal defence lawyers.
Although the misconduct proceedings against Justice Donald McLeod around his involvement with a black advocacy group have been dismissed, his lawyer says the ordeal highlights the need for the legal community to “reconsider” and “revamp” judicial ethical principles.
After years of “dismal” funding, British Columbia Attorney General David Eby says his government plans to improve legal aid services, while a recent report from Lawyers Rights Watch Canada says chronic underfunding has caused Canada to fall short of its international human rights obligations.
Lorne Sossin, former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario.
Acting as both a judge and advocate for the black community did not damage confidence in the justice system, argued counsel for Justice Donald McLeod in a two-day Ontario Judicial Council hearing that concluded on Dec. 4.
An Ontario Superior Court has ruled against a self-represented litigant in a case lawyers say demonstrates the balance between accommodating SLRs and demanding too much from judges.
After resigning the position in April and accusing the university administration of systemic discrimination, former dean of law at Lakehead University Angelique EagleWoman is suing the school for constructive dismissal and employment discrimination.
An Ontario Superior Court judge has awarded $49,000 to a man and $10,000 to his family, after he was illegally arrested, pulled from his car and pinned to the ground by Hamilton police.
Experts in international law say legalized recreational use of cannabis could spell political trouble on the international stage for Canada as it is going against three United Nations drug-control treaties.
The Canadian Judicial Council’s probe into Superior Court Justice George Patrick Smith has ended with a CJC review panel finding he contravened the Judges Act but that he acted in good faith and had a genuine desire to help Lakehead University by serving as interim law dean.