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New duty counsel not public defenders: LAO

Legal Aid Ontario is vigorously denying that a spate of hiring new duty counsel who are reportedly handling minor trial matters is a move towards a public-defender system.
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Dramatic changes’ on tap as CBA report touts outside ownership

ST. JOHN’S — A sustainable legal profession will involve the ability to sell law firm shares to non-lawyers and lawyers rubbing shoulders with other professionals at work, according to the final report of the Canadian Bar Association’s Legal Futures initiative that looked at ways the industry must change to remain relevant.
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Canada’s prison paradox

Last month, Statistics Canada reported that between 2012 and 2013, the index that measures crime rates and the severity of offences went down by almost 10 per cent.

Certification of class action over legal fees rejected

A Superior Court judge has rejected a certification motion for a class action against a Toronto law firm.

Canadians embracing spam law with ‘unprecedented’ number of complaints

In less than a month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission received almost 50,000 complaints under the new anti-spam legislation.

SCC issues ‘big change’ to contract law

Arbitrators and trial judges should have the last word in most cases that turn on the interpretation of contracts, the Supreme Court of Canada has found.
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Women inmates on the rise

The number of women in federal prisons could go up with the abolition of early parole provisions by the federal government, according to a University of Toronto criminology professor.
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New OBA head opens up about struggle with depression

The incoming president of the Ontario Bar Association is going to do something against the advice of some of his closest friends: He’s going to open up about his struggle with mental illness.
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Charges rare as decisions go back two decades

Of the 31 criminal charges suspended Sen. Mike Duffy is facing in relation to his expense claims, the two that have received the most public attention are among the most rarely prosecuted sections in the Criminal Code.
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Reliance on sureties boosting Ontario remand numbers

Heavy reliance on sureties in bail courts is unique to Ontario and comes at great cost to the province, according to a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report released this week.
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JP has change of heart, admits misconduct in tossing 68 charges

Despite his initial defence of his actions in dismissing a slew of charges in 2012, a justice of the peace admitted to misconduct last week and apologized for what he did.

Plaintiff-friendly impairment ruling survives judicial review

A Financial Services Commission of Ontario ruling that made it easier to prove catastrophic brain injury has survived a judicial review at the Divisional Court.
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