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Judge calls on colleagues to embrace trials
Law Times
An Ontario judge has written a treatise on access to justice calling on his colleagues to take urgent action to ensure litigants have some prospect of affording to defend themselves.

Lawyers question Crown policy on police who lie
Law Times
Defence lawyers are casting doubt on a new Crown policy on police who lie in court over concerns the system will result in a "bureaucratic quagmire" as the government pays lip service to complaints about the issue.

Students pitching in with legal help for flood victims
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
A group of law students at the University of Calgary is pitching in to help those affected by the recent floods in Alberta.

Two decisions consider status of paralegals versus lawyers
Law Times
As Ontario paralegals lost their bid to sit past the bar in courtrooms, another recent decision considered whether measurements of their competency should be subject to the same standard as lawyers.



Appeal court puts wrinkle in plaintiff's plan to notify potential class members
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
The British Columbia Court of Appeal says patient privacy outweighs the need to inform potential members of a pending class action involving an injectable wrinkle treatment.

Lawyers grabbing piece of integrity commissioner action
Law Times
Lawyers are grabbing a piece of the action as municipalities across the province embrace the concept of having an integrity commissioner.

Video: Ontario Legal News Update
Law Times, online
Get the latest news in the Ontario Legal News Update for the week of July 8 with Law Times editor Glenn Kauth.

John Norris named litigator-in-residence
Law Times
Criminal defence lawyer and civil rights advocate John Norris is the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights litigator-in-residence for the fall of 2013. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.



The debate over electing regional benchers
Law Times, editorial
Let's welcome the debate about the proposed changes to electing regional benchers. But it's clear there's much more work to do when it comes to getting people to vote again.

Class action appeals: a game of snakes & ladders
Canadian Lawyer, online
Ascertaining the appropriate appeal route for decisions taken in class actions can be convoluted and downright illogical in some cases, argues Trials & Tribulations columnist Margaret Waddell.

Not necessarily trial but trial if necessary: York University v. Markicevic and why mediation matters
Canadian Lawyer, online
Freedom of choice is an important element of a democracy and this is why mediation, like a speedy and affordable trial, should matter to all of us, opines Mitchell Rose.

Prepping for that 'bear hug letter'
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
New Practising In-house columnist Renato Pontello shares his tips on how to launch a takeover bid in his first column.



Butting out the word 'but'
Canadian Lawyer, online
Accidental mentor columnist Lee Akazaki challenges readers to rescue a perishing art: plain, purposeful, and pragmatic drafting, starting with avoiding the word "but."

Think carefully about pro bono retainers
Law Times
When representing people on a pro bono matter, it's always good to ask yourself whether clients are even serious about the matter if they haven't retained you in the conventional way, writes Rosalind Conway in this month's A Criminal Mind column.

What do corporate lawyers do anyway?
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
For most students considering corporate law, during the recruitment process it is pretty opaque as to what corporate lawyers actually spend their time doing. Wela Quan provides some insight into the life of a corporate lawyer.

CSA removing veil from adviser fees
Canadian Lawyer, online
Trailer fees should be banned outright because they are a clear conflict of interest. While Canada is not there yet, at least with new amendments to National Instrument 31-303, there is better disclosure, writes Alan Acton in his Financial Adviser column.


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