Overall, the justice system in Ontario has improved in the last year, but it still has glaring shortcomings in judicial efficiency and the disproportionate representation of Indigenous people in prisons, according to a new justice system report card.
Redress for victims of sexual assault is increasingly being sought outside the legal system, which raises challenges for lawyers representing the accused and ethical questions for journalists covering accusations that haven’t been proven in court, says litigator Jonathan Lisus.
Lawyers prefer to use alternative dispute resolution processes in family law, which cost the client less, take less time and make for longer-lasting co-operation between the parties after the fact, according to a recent study.
Business is booming for Quebec’s top law firms, with a robust economy, government spending and exciting technologies bubbling up.
The Canadian Judicial Council has recommended in a report to the Minister of Justice that Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard be removed from office, due to the “fatal compromise” of his integrity because of his conduct during an inquiry into what appeared to be a cocaine transaction caught on tape.
The Toronto criminal lawyer who represented the family of Colten Boushie says the problem is the current system, not the jury who found Gerald Stanley not guilty in the death of the young indigenous man.
The Law Commission of Ontario is seeking applications from law students for its summer 2018 research program.
Nova Scotia has hired two Crown attorneys to specialize in sexual assault prosecutions. The new hires will provide training to other Crown attorneys and develop research to enhance the performance in the prosecution of sexual violence cases.
Kim Stanton says the experience of sexual assault victims and violence against indigenous women entered the public consciousness much more during her time at LEAF.
Facilities providing abortion services in Ontario will now be surrounded by a no-protest-zone, intended to allow those who use them and those who provide services to enter and exit without interference or harassment.