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New AG to look into assessment office delays

Ontario’s new attorney general says increasing staff levels at the Superior Court’s assessment office in Toronto is an option he will consider to help the overburdened office.
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Amendments to Repair and Storage Lien Act under fire

New amendments to rules in the Repair and Storage Lien Act looking to curtail abuse on the part of mechanics, who issue liens against owners, should go further, some lawyers say.
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Divisional Court decision blow to vexatious litigants

Divisional Court decision has opened up a way to weed out vexatious litigants in the statutory courts and tribunals, but lawyers say a lot more needs to be done.
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Trinity Western battle likely to head to SCC

Lawyers say a fight over accrediting an evangelical Christian law school will likely end up before the Supreme Court of Canada after Ontario’s Court of Appeal recently heard the case.
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Court case wages war over $10 worth of marijuana

An Ontario Superior Court judge has quashed the conviction of a man stopped outside a strip club in Guelph with $10 worth of marijuana in his car, because of a serious Charter violation by police.

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Court confirms right to sue for unpaid condo fees

A recent Court of Appeal decision has confirmed condominium corporations can recover unpaid fees in court even if they fail to register a lien against an owner, lawyers say.
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Minor marks two years as treasurer

As a self-described “type A personality,” Janet Minor says there were big accomplishments during her term as Law Society of Upper Canada treasurer — but also a number of initiatives that she would have liked to see finalized. Goals achieved?
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Niagara Region lawyer wants former firm to pay up

A Niagara Region lawyer wants $5 million from his old law firm, after claiming its negligence cost him the chance to pursue a claim related to his failed attempt to establish a Mitsubishi car dealership. 
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LSUC adopts entity regulation recommendations

The Law Society of Upper Canada has come a step closer to bringing firms under its regulatory wing, but some critics still have concerns about how a new disciplinary framework will work.

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Sentence cut for aboriginal offender

The Ontario Court of Appeal has cut four years off the sentence of an aboriginal man who pled guilty to armed robbery in a case lawyers say will clarify whether sentencing judges should consider the background of indigenous offenders who were adopted as children.
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No interest on litigation loan for injured woman

A woman who suffered a brain injury in a car crash will not have to pay the interest on a litigation loan made by the wife of her former personal injury lawyer after the Divisional Court declared the agreement “unconscionable.”
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More aboriginal students needed in Ontario law schools: academics

Adam Fiddler knew he wanted to be a lawyer from the time he was eight years old.
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