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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.

Are banks eating estates lawyers’ lunch?

Outdated law school curriculums are contributing to a bleak future for the trusts and estates bar, a Canadian legal futurist predicts.

LAO rejects prof’s allegation of ‘culture of secrecy’

An Osgoode Hall Law School professor has resigned as a member of Legal Aid Ontario’s immigration and refugee advisory committee after citing “a culture of secrecy” at the organization.

Posthumous call for students killed at war

"We only had one killed and one wounded in our company, not including two men who went nuts from being close to exploding minenwerfers, which are more dangerous to one’s nerves than to one’s body.”
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TWU among biggest challenges faced by outgoing LSUC treasurer

Former Law Society of Upper Canada treasurer Tom Conway is back home in Ottawa after vacating the position for Janet Minor following last month’s vote at Convocation. He’s now about to become the president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in November. In an interview with Law Times, he takes a look back at his term as treasurer of the law society. Below is a slightly edited transcript of the interview.

Fringe lawyers find art in watching paint dry

Between acting for their clients and acting on stage, it’s been a busy week for a dozen lawyers who performed a play last week at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Canadian team scores at world cup for lawyers

As the German and Argentine teams rest up after the World Cup final this weekend, so are lawyers across Canada who recently scored good results at the international world cup for lawyers.

Lawyer who posted Crown disclosure online admits ‘terrible mistake’

An Ottawa lawyer has made an emotional apology to the Law Society of Upper Canada for “foolishly” posting Crown disclosure from a client’s criminal case on the Internet.

Ruling bases severance obligations on nationwide payroll

Justice Paul Kane of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has challenged existing jurisprudential wisdom by holding that the payroll used for determining an employer’s liability for statutory severance should be calculated with reference to all of a company’s Canadian operations.
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Prison segregation rising

Seven years after Ashley Smith strangled herself to death with a piece of clothing in a small prison cell, there has been “no substantial change” to the use of solitary confinement, according to the ombudsman for federal inmates.
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Expert duties reinforced as lawyer ordered to pay costs over biased witness

In a decision emphasizing counsel’s duties around experts, a Superior Court judge has ordered a Toronto lawyer to personally pay a portion of his client’s costs for wasting time and resources after finding he knowingly used a biased witness eventually removed from the case.
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