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Lawyers happy as new courthouse moves forward

Tali Folkins - Monday, June 29, 2015

Work is already beginning at the site of the massive new courthouse planned for Toronto but it’s likely to be several years before it opens its doors, according to the Ministry of the Attorney General.
“The Ministry of the Attorney General and Infrastructure Ontario are in the planning process for the new courthouse, and have begun working with consultants to conduct surveys, environmental assessments, and soil testing on the site,” wrote ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley in response to a request for an update on the courthouse. The site chosen for the courthouse, he said, is a government-owned piece of land just north of the existing Superior Court of Justice at 361 University Ave. Previously a parking lot, it was closed to the public earlier this month.

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Dentons buzz dizzying as firm seeks aggressive expansion

The media buzz around Dentons is dizzying and, in many ways, confusing as the firm advances aggressive expansion plans.

Controversial court security act proclaimed into law

A new provincial law intended to increase security at courthouses and other facilities gives police overly broad powers and may even be unconstitutional, according to some Ontario lawyers.

Editorial: Court offers ray of environmental hope

It was heartening to see a court in the Netherlands issue a brave ruling on climate change recently.

Letter: Slater & Gordon responds to ABS concerns

I am writing in regards to a recent article (see “ABS firm’s expansion offers new fodder for Ontario debate,” April 20) in which the purchase of a legal services firm in the United Kingdom by Slater & Gordon is utilized to spark alarm about a potential change in law firm ownership laws in Canada. There are a number of comments and concerns raised in the article that require a response.

Letter: Doctor's comments about experts challenged

In his recent article in Law Times, Dr. Michael Ford applauds the Ontario Court of Appeal on its decision in Moore v. Getahun and the finding that counsel indeed is entitled to discuss with an expert the contents of the expert’s report. During the trial, the judge had ruled that such contact was improper and experts really should be left to their own devices based on submitted material information to come to their opinions. In his article, Ford suggests an independent medical examiner can come to a fair and unbiased opinion even after conversing with referring counsel.

Speaker's Corner: Time to revisit Sattva on the standard of review?

An issue that transpires on every civil appeal is the applicable standard of review. The standard of review is important because it dictates the level of deference the appellate court is to show.

Focus: Hamilton has ‘arguable case’ in Canada Post appeal

While the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has shot down the City of Hamilton’s bylaw aimed at regulating Canada Post Corp.’s placement of community mailboxes within its boundaries, at least one prominent lawyer thinks the municipality has a feasible argument to appeal the ruling.

Inside Story

Monday, June 29, 2015

MORE DETAILS ON LAWYER WHO WROTE FAKE ORDERS
A disbarred lawyer in hot water for creating fake court orders in his client’s favour must now pay $10,000 in costs to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Law Society Tribunal issued the costs order in its detailed reasons released on June 18 for its decision to disbar Mississauga, Ont., lawyer Brian Nicholson.

Besides ordering costs, the reasons shed more light on the facts of Nicholson’s case. According to the reasons, Nicholson misled his clients in five litigation files. The principal client, identified in Law Society of Upper Canada v. Nicholson as R.D., had become a friend of the lawyer while he was at a previous firm. In 2012, Nicholson issued a statement of claim on behalf of R.D.’s company in relation to a business dispute but never served it on the defendant or took any other steps to pursue the claim, according to panel chairwoman Susan Opler.

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