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Top Crowns take the civil litigation route

Susan Chapman and Scott Hutchison, two senior and respected Crown attorneys have left the quasi-legendary Crown Law Office ñ Criminal (CLO) for careers with Toronto litigation boutiques. The moves come amid reports that all is not what it used to be at the 70-lawyer contingent that has long represented the top echelons of Ontario's prosecutorial ranks.

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LawPro&#39s real estate transaction levy has it right

I am not an apologist for the Law Society of Upper Canada or LawPro, but I am surprised at the letters I periodically receive from solicitors bellyaching about the real estate transaction levy. Their criticism of the levy is ill conceived.

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And Hislop makes three

The Hislop v. Canada (Attorney General) case is poised to form the cornerstone of an important series of constitutional remedy cases in early 2006, says the lead lawyer representing about 500 class action members whose same-sex partners paid into the Canada Pension Plan and then died between 1985 and 1998.

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Sentencing discounts for defendants who assist Crown

A series of rulings by Superior Court judges in Brampton in recent months suggests that cocaine couriers may still receive sharply reduced sentences from guidelines set out by the Ontario Court of Appeal — if they provide "meaningful co-operation" with the authorities.

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Time to open up about security threats

As threats and violence against lawyers and judges are becoming more common in North America, the Ontario Bar Association is hoping to provide a pre-emptive strike with its Personal Security Handbook.

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Let there be light

Osgoode Hall Law School will be giving its incoming class of 2008 something that previous graduates have been asking for since the law school moved to York University in 1969: windows in the classrooms.

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Cosgrove asks Federal Court to strike provisions

A Federal Court judge has been asked to strike down a provision of the Judges Act in a second attempt by Superior Court Justice Paul Cosgrove to avoid a Canadian Judicial Council disciplinary inquiry.

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This Week's Focus - Ontario appeal hearing will be affected by Radler&#39s decision in U.S.

The pending guilty plea on fraud charges from Conrad Black associate David Radler amid rumours that he is "ratting out" his long-time friend and business associate has changed the landscape of an important appeal from an Ontario Superior Court decision.

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It&#39s possible to have more money and less stress

VANCOUVER — Every law firm can be a goldmine, but there's a fatal flaw in the way most people manage their firm, a flaw that decreases income and increases stress levels.

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Swastika grafitti at Strosberg&#39s Windsor home

WINDSORWindsor civil litigator Harvey Strosberg was the victim of a vandalism attack at his residence, one of two within hours where swastikas were left directed at two prominent Windsor Jewish families.

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The final classes are winding up

Pained memories of the Bar Admission Course are something of a bond for many lawyers in Ontario. After three monk-like years at law school (not to mention the undergraduate and graduate degrees that many individuals had already completed), and the indignities of articling, the bar ad's tortuous mix of classes, seminars, and exams seemed like cruel and unusual punishment.

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Right to silence the &#39next battleground&#39

The Supreme Court of Canada needs to set limits on interrogating a suspect in custody once he asserts his right to silence because of the way police have interpreted a previous ruling on this issue, say many defence counsel.

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