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Addressing tech divide improves access to justice

Patricia Hughes would like legal service providers looking for speedy ways to implement technology to slow down and consider those who might be left behind by such advances. 

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Crown’s cross-examination leads to retrial

The Court of Appeal has granted a retrial to a man accused of committing sexual interference against his stepdaughter because of an “ill-advised” cross-examination by a London, Ont. Crown attorney.

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Confusion for companies result of bill?

The federal government has introduced a bill in Parliament in an attempt to modernize the Canada Business Corporations Act, but some corporate lawyers have lingering concerns that the proposed amendments could cause confusion for some companies.

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Legal bill covered for fired justice of the peace?

A fired justice of the peace will get another shot at having his $600,000 legal bill covered by the public purse after a court ruled his discipline panel relied on flawed reasoning to deny him compensation for the cost of his defence. 

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No reimbursement for Texas treatment

The Divisional Court has ruled that Ontario Health Insurance’s decision not to reimburse the family of a deceased Ontario man who sought treatment in Texas was reasonable.

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Lawyer accuses Legal Aid of stalling

Labour lawyers say Legal Aid Ontario is dragging its feet when it comes to allowing its articling students to unionize, following the three years it took the organization to agree to negotiate with its staff lawyers’ chosen union.

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Lawsuit against police over wiretapping authorization thrown out

A Superior Court judge has thrown out a man’s lawsuit against the Toronto and York police forces.
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Court of Appeal gives condo corps deference on ‘reasonable’ decisions

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the business judgment rule should apply to condo corporation board decisions.
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Focus: Court opens door to extending liability to gamblers

In a controversial decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has refused to strike a claim that is attempting to extend the “commercial host” duty of care owed by establishments serving alcohol to the Ontario Lottery and Gambling Corporation.
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Injury claim by illegal immigrant denied: court

The Court of Appeal has ruled an illegal immigrant could not collect a personal injury claim from a provincial insurance fund after he was hit by an unidentified driver while crossing the street in 2011 because “he was not ordinarily resident in Ontario” at the time.
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Judge allows lawsuit against LSUC to proceed

A Superior Court justice has allowed two parts of a lawsuit against the Law Society of Upper Canada to go forward in a case lawyers say illustrates how hard it is to get costs awarded against the regulator.
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Cop director of unlicensed pot dispensary

The legal basis for Durham Regional Police permitting one of its officers to become a director of an unlicensed marijuana dispensary remains a mystery.
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  • Access to Justice
    Access to Justice The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) strives to inform the public on the importance of the people having access to legal resources and…
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    Legal Aid lawyers rally for collective bargaining rights Legal Aid Ontario lawyers held three protests in July to push the provincial government to support their attempts to unionize. The lawyers have been in…
  • Jane-Finch community gets employment law help
    Jane-Finch community gets employment law help Osgoode Hall Law School's Community Legal Aid Services Programme recently opened an employment law division for Toronto's Jane-Finch community.Phanath Im, review counsel for the division,…
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