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  • Court delays persist, despite Jordan
    Leo Russomanno says a pilot project where there are judges instead of justices of the peace handling bail hearings ‘has changed the culture of bail.’

    Court delays persist, despite Jordan

    The Supreme Court of Canada decision in Jordan and the problems it tried to address are still top of mind in the criminal courts in Ontario nearly two-and-a-half years after it was released.

  • Scrutiny heightens on NCR findings
    Joseph Neuberger says the criminal justice system has to deal with more potential NCR cases because of a lack of mental health resources and untreated individuals.

    Scrutiny heightens on NCR findings

    Two high-profile criminal proceedings in Toronto have again put a spotlight on the issue of defendants who are found not criminally responsible as a result of mental illness and what needs to be shown before this finding is accepted.

  • Dancer ordered to turn over social media photos
    Maia Bent says one of the more interesting parts of a recent Ontario Superior Court decision is the suggestion that social media data should be outlined in a plaintiff’s affidavit of documents.

    Dancer ordered to turn over social media photos

    Plaintiffs should loosen their privacy expectations as courts fumble their way toward a test for social media production in personal injury litigation, according to a London, Ont. personal injury lawyer.

  • Lawyer tries to overhaul civil jury process
    Jeff Strype says he would like to see Ontario follow the lead of other jurisdictions, such as Quebec and the United Kingdom, where juries are no longer allowed in motor vehicle cases.

    Lawyer tries to overhaul civil jury process

    A Toronto personal injury lawyer is not giving up his fight to reform the province’s civil jury process, despite a setback in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

  • Hamilton crash cases lead to different results
    Michael Smitiuch says a recent case in which he acted raises fundamental issues about road safety in Canada and could potentially impact all drivers across the country.

    Hamilton crash cases lead to different results

    The Supreme Court of Canada should step in to clear up the confusion created by two recent Ontario Court of Appeal judgments that arrived at opposite conclusions on a municipality’s liability for roadway non-repair, according to lawyers.

  • Lawyers say benefits of statutory deductible waning
    Kris Bonn says that when it comes to the statutory deductible for pain and suffering, ‘the tradeoff has eroded and the pendulum has swung in favour of insurers.’

    Lawyers say benefits of statutory deductible waning

    The statutory deductible for pain and suffering is ripe for reform, according to personal injury lawyers.

  • Calls to change legislation to stop predatory marriages
    Dagmara Wozniak says there is a need to change Ontario’s legislation to be more in line with other provinces where marriage no longer revokes a will.

    Calls to change legislation to stop predatory marriages

    Seniors and other vulnerable people need to be protected from predators seeking access to their estate through marriage, say family and estates lawyers.

  • New divorce act holds beneficial changes
    Nathalie Boutet says she’s encouraged by changes in the federal Divorce Act.

    New divorce act holds beneficial changes

    A modernization of Canada’s Divorce Act intended to make the family justice system more efficient and effective could significantly impact some families during the divorce process, say lawyers.

  • Decision addresses support obligations
    Ron Shulman says a child’s 18th birthday doesn’t necessarily mark the exact time when they are meant to suddenly become financially independent from their parents.

    Decision addresses support obligations

    A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision serves as a reminder to lawyers that there are no hard and fast rules laying out when support for a child should end.

  • Platonic friends can adopt a child together
    Katherine Cooligan says the accepted test is that an adoption should proceed if it is in the best interests of the child.

    Platonic friends can adopt a child together

    The Ontario Superior Court has recently sided with two friends seeking to adopt a child together, finding governing legislation restricting their joint adoption application to be unconstitutional.

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