Bencher Joe Groia has asked the governing body of the Law Society of Upper Canada to reconsider a controversial requirement that lawyers adopt and abide by a statement of principles.
While the federal government has committed funding needed to keep Legal Aid Ontario’s immigrant and refugee services open past November, lawyers say more needs to be done to address the problems that led to a possible shut down.
The Supreme Court of Canada has found that records of the sensitive testimony of residential school survivors from settlement hearings will be kept confidential.
The Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a decision dismissing a class action lawsuit against Teranet. Keatley Surveying Ltd. brought the action in 2007 on behalf of Ontario land surveyors against Teranet, which operates the province’s electronic land registry system. Class members claimed that Teranet had infringed on their copyright by digitizing, storing and copying plans of surveys they created and deposited in the system.
Some lawyers say changing the name of the Law Society of Upper Canada is just a distraction from the real work that needs to be done in order to address barriers to access to justice.
The provincial regulator’s governing body, Convocation, will consider a motion Thursday proposing to change its name, which dates back to 1797. Proponents of such a shift have said “Upper Canada” is an archaic term that points back to a period in history when unfair treaties were struck between indigenous communities and the government of the time.
A judge has referred an Edmonton lawyer’s conduct to the Law Society of Alberta after finding she had pursued vexatious litigation on behalf of a client.
The Ontario Judicial Council has issued a 30-day suspension to a judge who wore a “Make America Great Again” hat in court. Ontario Court Justice Bernd Zabel has been suspended without pay and reprimanded for what an OJC panel found was a breach of a fundamental principle that judges be impartial and not express political views.
The Canadian Bar Association has joined dozens of other business groups to call on the federal government to drop proposed tax changes for private corporations.
A B.C. judge has dismissed an Alberta lawyer’s lawsuit against Air Canada that claimed the crew of a plane falsely imprisoned him and erroneously accused him of urinating all over the aircraft’s washroom.