A Toronto law firm has obtained leave to appeal an order of a judge who removed it from a case on the basis of conflict of interest even if the traditional test for a conflict wasn’t met.
With the Ebola outbreak in west Africa on the minds of many people, the Canadian Bar Association has released a guideline to help lawyers advise employers on how to plan for pandemics.
The Ontario Bar Association has launched a mental-health effort after its president’s candid discussion of his own struggles with mental health struck a chord with many in the profession.
A proposal to allow prospective lawyers to skip the call to the bar ceremony started a heated debate among Law Society of Upper Canada benchers at Convocation on Nov. 28 with some calling the plan “the final coup d’état” of a profession that’s continually “dumbing down.”
A Law Society of Upper Canada tribunal hearing panel has decided not to disbar a Grand Bend, Ont., lawyer found to have overbilled Legal Aid Ontario after concluding his actions weren’t intentional.
Despite Superior Court Chief Justice Heather Smith’s call for prompt judicial appointments, Ontario is approaching the end of the year with nearly 30 vacancies for federally appointed judges across the province and no new appointments since April.
As the provincial government announced its Better Justice Together effort last week aimed at improving the court system and addressing access to justice, new statistics from the six-year-old Justice on Target project show it continues to fall short of its goals of making the courts more efficient.
Should criminal defence lawyers agree to no-contest pleas when their clients are asserting their innocence? The Court of Appeal says it’s possible, but new guidance from the Law Society Tribunal suggests otherwise.