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New trial ordered over paralegal’s donation to deputy judge

A Small Claims Court deputy judge should have recused himself from a case in which a paralegal who had donated to his charity campaign was representing one of the parties, a Divisional Court judge has found.

Judge makes ‘controversial’ ruling about breathalyzer disclosure

Criminal lawyers have mixed feelings about a recent Ontario Court of Justice decision that affirms the Crown’s obligation to disclose information related to the maintenance and reliability of breathalyzers but offers no remedy in a case where there was a breach of that duty.

Lawyers predict more overcrowding after St-Cloud

Ontario’s problem of overcrowded prisons is about to get a lot worse, criminal lawyers are warning in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R. v. St-Cloud.
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Hohots case shows need for ‘massive reform’: Eberts

The disciplinary case of Viktor Hohots, a lawyer suspended last week for failure to adequately serve his clients, reveals the need for “massive reform” in the way lawyers represent refugee claimants, says constitutional lawyer Mary Eberts.

Lessons from the Nortel case

One of the lawyers involved in the Nortel Networks Corp. proceedings says the biggest lesson to take away from the difficult cross-border trial is the need for an international insolvency adjudication forum.
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Bid to force articling positions shot down

Members of the legal profession shot down a motion that proposed forcing law firms to take articling students at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual general meeting last week.
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Lawyer rejects allegations of extremist links

A Hamilton, Ont., lawyer says he’s considering suing for defamation after allegations that he has links to extremist groups led to his suspension from a national security roundtable.
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Appeal court makes strong statement about bilingual proceedings

As the Ontario Court of Appeal made a strong statement about language rights by awarding costs against the Crown, the provincial government is getting ready to launch a pilot project to address the issue of French-language services in the justice system.

Benchers ponder implications of LSUC vote

As lawyers in Ontario get familiar with their newly elected benchers, some of the winners are reflecting on the race for a seat at Convocation and whether there should be spending limits on campaigns.
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A closer look at Dentons merger with U.S. firm

Although uncertainties continue to revolve around the recent merger of Dentons and McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, what seems clear is the U.S. firm’s powerful connections to Canada will greatly strengthen Dentons Canada LLP’s cross-border practice.

Court offers guidance on qualification of government employees

In a decision a lawyer says is “huge,” an Ontario Court judge has found a government engineer may not testify as an expert witness due to questions about his independence as an employee of the prosecutor.
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Move towards entity regulation gathers steam

If the Law Society of Upper Canada starts regulating law firms, one specific area for firm compliance could be trust account management, a new report suggests.
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