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Deputy judges challenge reappointment process
Law Times
An appeal last week by the Ontario Deputy Judges Association to the Ontario Court of Appeal has the potential to significantly change the reappointment process for more than 400 deputy judges across the province, says a Toronto commercial litigator.

Target brings fixed fee arrangement system to Canada
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
When Target begins opening stores in Canada next spring, it won't just be bringing it's much-anticipated retail savvy - its law department plans to roll out some of the alternative billing arrangements it has been recognized for with external firms south of the border.

Private B.C. university vying for new law school
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
After more than three decades without a new law school in Canada, it seems that every university is vying for one.

Appeal court clarifies costs orders against lawyers
Law Times
Counsel for an Ottawa lawyer previously ordered to pay $72,000 in costs for his actions on behalf of two former clients says an Ontario Court of Appeal decision setting aside that order provides important clarification for the profession.



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Canada urged to beef up legal protections for stolen art
Law Times
When Howard Spiegler began to practise law in the United States, very few people had ever heard of prosecuting someone for war-related art or cultural property theft.

Sign companies seeking clarity on indirect taxes at SCC
Law Times
Toronto's billboard-tax battle isn't over yet as the losing parties in the matter before the Ontario Court of Appeal are attempting to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times
Get the latest news for the week of June 25 in the Ontario Legal News Update with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

Former GG honoured
Law Times
The Law Society of Upper Canada has awarded former governor general Michaëlle Jean an honorary doctor of laws degree. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



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Municipal conflicts of interest a growing issue
Law Times, editorial
With a slew of conflicts of interest declared in relation to its light-rail transit project, it's no wonder Waterloo Region has called for a provincewide commissioner to handle those issues at the municipal level, writes Law Times editor, Glenn Kauth.


Bar must examine its role in adapting to self-represented litigants
Law Times
There's a revolution happening in our courthouses that will affect every aspect of the delivery of legal services and justice processes over the next decade, writes Law Times contributor Julie Macfarlane.

Victims lose if government adopts recommendations on catastrophic impairment
Law Times, online
The Ontario minister of finance appears determined to announce major changes to the definition of catastrophic impairment set out in the statutory accident benefits schedule despite warnings by victim advocates and others about the negative consequences of them, writes Personal injury law columnist Darcy Merkur.

First impressions
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Before law school, what did you think of lawyers? What kind of people did you expect to meet in this field? What personality types, asks Ab Initio columnist Rebecca Lockwood.

 



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Video: Making rain - Is good enough good enough?
Canadian Lawyer, online
In this month's business development and practice management coaching column, executive coach Debra Forman discusses how to direct your "not good enough" results to communicate effectively by shifting your focus off yourself and focusing it onto your clients.

Lost in translation
Canadian Lawyer, online
One might be tempted to argue that the most important Canadian news story of the past two months was federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair badmouthing Western Canada in general (and the Alberta oilsands in particular) for raising the value of the Canadian dollar at the expense of all those (unionized) manufacturing jobs in Ontario and Quebec, writes Letter from Law Law Land contributor Tony Wilson.

Is this justice?
Canadian Lawyer, online
On June 14, while the House of Commons was wading its way through its marathon voting session, I attended a meeting held in the Parliamentary Restaurant organized by NDP MP Paul Dewar and the Nobel Women's Initiative to launch the NWI and Just Associates new report "From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala" write Human Rights … Here & There columnist Sonya Nigam.

"It's in the mail" not good enough: Court of Appeal
Canadian Lawyer, online
The Federal Court of Appeal held that a legally unsophisticated party can be barred for missing a deadline because they used regular mail to ask a lower tribunal for reconsideration. While the outcome is harsh for parties before the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, the court held the restrictive interpretation was entirely in line with the ordinary meaning of the regulation, writes contributor Thomas Slade.

 



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Justice on Target extended past June despite mixed results

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Judge orders lawyer to pay assistant he fired

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