judges

  • SNC-Lavalin affair raises the issue of the role of former judges

    Mar 25, 2019

    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has proven to be an insatiable beast with tentacles reaching deep into the political and legal worlds — perhaps even as far as the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    LSO could go farther to help women lawyers, bencher candidates say

    Mar 8, 2019

    It has been more than a decade since the Law Society of Ontario voted to enhance the retention and advancement of women, and some candidates for bencher say it’s time to tackle the issue again.

  • Chalmers, O’Brien to become judges

    Chalmers, O’Brien to become judges

    Feb 4, 2019

    William Chalmers, a 30-year veteran of Hughes Amys LLP, will take up a new role on the bench, the Minister of Justice said in a Jan. 31 announcement.

  • Confronting the unseen

    Confronting the unseen

    Feb 4, 2019

    In her judicial application, Michele Hollins was asked how her experience would provide her with insight into the diversity of Canadian perspectives. She cited the impact of mental illness in her answer.

  • Pilot launched to speed civil justice

    Pilot launched to speed civil justice

    Jan 30, 2019

    In an effort to speed up Ontario’s civil justice system, on Feb. 1, the province's Superior Court will begin a case management pilot called the One Judge Model.

  • Former Osgoode dean appointed to Superior Court of Ontario

    Former Osgoode dean appointed to Superior Court of Ontario

    Dec 14, 2018

    Lorne Sossin, former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Ontario.

  • Alice Woolley appointed to Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

    Alice Woolley appointed to Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

    Nov 28, 2018

    The elevation of often outspoken University of Calgary law school professor Alice Woolley to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench will please her friends, annoy her enemies and, in the view of many, strengthen the court.

  • Kavanagh confirmation sows decades of judicial distrust

    Oct 9, 2018

    But what happens when disagreement with a decision turns into a complete dismissal of the judiciary’s independence and authority?

  • Human rights proposal strikes discord regarding LSO's stance on political matters abroad

    Sep 28, 2018

    A report from the Law Society of Ontario’s Human Rights Monitoring Group stoked debate among some prominent benchers this week regarding the law society’s role in politics.

  • Three new judges appointed in British Columbia

    Three new judges appointed in British Columbia

    Sep 5, 2018

    With three new judicial appointments on the West Coast, there are two new Supreme Court of British Columbia justices and another new member of the British Columbia and Yukon courts of appeal.

  • Influence beyond partisanship: Our Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

    Aug 7, 2018

    As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States

  • Veteran judges say young lawyers lack mentoring, courtroom experience

    Veteran judges say young lawyers lack mentoring, courtroom experience

    Jun 7, 2018

    For young lawyers, mentorship is in short supply, cases are more complex and the bench has "softened" as the new generation of judges includes fewer “tyrants” like those with whom they dealt as young lawyers, according to Dennis O’Connor and Thomas Cromwell.

  • Judicial Council calls for removal of Quebec judge after drug inquiry

    Judicial Council calls for removal of Quebec judge after drug inquiry

    Feb 21, 2018

    ​ The Canadian Judicial Council has recommended in a report to the Minister of Justice that Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard be removed from office, due to the “fatal compromise” of his integrity because of his conduct during an inquiry into what appeared to be a cocaine transaction caught on tape.

  • B.C.'s Supreme Court lagging behind gender balance as other courts in province move forward

    Feb 6, 2018

    British Columbia's Supreme Court is trailing behind other courts in the province in terms of gender balance, despite the federal justice department’s proclamation that in 2017, it made 100 judicial appointments nationally, of which half were women.

  • Complaint filed against judge and Crown

    Complaint filed against judge and Crown

    Dec 14, 2017

    A complaint has been filed against a judge and a Windsor, Ont. Crown attorney for an “inappropriate social outing” that took place during an ongoing criminal trial they were both working on.

  • Ontario Court of Justice appoints two new black women judges

    Oct 3, 2017

    The Ontario Court of Justice has announced 10 new judicial appointments for the Toronto area, including two black women judges. ​

  • A judge’s words: What wearing a Trump cap means

    Sep 25, 2017

    Words matter and have consequences. The words “Make America Great Again” on a baseball cap worn by Justice Bernd Zabel in his Hamilton, Ont. courtroom the morning after the presidential election have compounded through alignment with U.S. President Donald Trump.

  • Employee violated fitness for duty policy

    Sep 19, 2017

    Company did not discriminate against cocaine addict fired for cause. The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that an employer may terminate a worker for just cause when he violated a fitness for duty policy by attending work under the influence of drugs. This landmark decision upheld a ruling of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal that the employer did not unlawfully discriminate when a worker’s employment was terminated for breach of a safety rule that prohibited a worker from being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at work.

  • OJC suspends judge who wore Trump hat

    OJC suspends judge who wore Trump hat

    Sep 12, 2017

    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.

  • Judge says wearing Trump hat was ‘ill-conceived joke’

    Judge says wearing Trump hat was ‘ill-conceived joke’

    Aug 23, 2017

    A Hamilton judge who wore a Trump hat in court insisted in a hearing Wednesday that he was not a racist, a bigot or a misogynist.