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Juror ruling prompts call to look at Criminal Code
Law Times
With the Ontario Court of Appeal having ruled on jurors' use of extrinsic information in a recent case, the president of the Criminal Lawyers' Association says it may be necessary to amend the Criminal Code in order to get a better handle on the issue.

Zero-tolerance conundrum
Law Times
The justice system has taken the idea of zero tolerance in domestic assault to such an extreme that it's unfair to defendants and no longer works in the best interests of Ontario families, says a 40-year veteran of criminal law.

Will Ontario lose out on ABS?
Ontario is at risk of losing out on major capital infusions as potential investors in the legal industry flock to provinces that are out in front on the alternative business structure curve.

Ontario criticized for not implementing curative discharges
Law Times
An Ontario Court of Justice judge is calling on the province to reconsider its decades-old decision not to proclaim curative discharges in force.

Grant Thornton


How low can it go?
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
As the economy in Alberta continues to languish, some companies in the resource sector are doing opportunistic prospecting to see if they can strike a deal with a needy seller, but are they ready to bite?

Workplace violence gets heightened awareness
Legislation has heightened employers' awareness of workplace violence and harassment, resulting in an increase in anti-violence policies.

Legal technicians filling service gap in Washington
Law Times
The state of Washington is proving to be a leader in expanding the legal model in the United States with its adoption of limited licence legal technicians to help address the gaps in legal services in family law.

Hamilton lawyer disbarred
Law Times
The Law Society Tribunal has disbarred James William Scott, a Hamilton, Ont., lawyer found to be ungovernable. Click
here to read more of this story and other news tidbits in this week's Inside Story.

Thomson Rogers


Employer smoking ban an unfair intrusion
Law Times, editorial
While it's fine for governments, institutions, and businesses to restrict smoking, an Ontario employer went too far in trying to implement a total ban on its employees from lighting up during the workday.

TRC offers a window of opportunity for legal education
Canadian Lawyer, online
Legal academics Gillian Calder and Rebecca Johnson argue that law schools in Canada need to be innovative so that classrooms offer diverse and respectful ways for students to embrace their responsibilities as humane professionals. And they need to do this work with an eye to all 94 of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Moving in the right direction
Canadian Lawyer, online
As the province has not yet disclosed the actual proposed language for the Personal Health Information Protection Act revisions, it remains to be seen whether they can live up to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's promise that these measures will "improve privacy and accountability" in Ontario, writes Lisa Lifshitz in her column, The IT Girl.

Finding the path to an in-house career
Canadian Lawyer InHouse, online
In his In-house Coach column, Fernando Garcia writes that, while there are no set and fast rules as to what you can and should do to secure that dream in-house job, if your future goal is to become a successful in-house lawyer, there are several important steps you can take.

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Ontario jeopardizes lives of winter motorists
Ontario jeopardized the lives of winter motorists, but saved millions, by contracting out highway snow clearing, not insisting on proven methodologies, and poorly overseeing the service, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk says in a revealing new report released May 29, 2015.



Let paralegals act in arbitration matters
Law Times
The law society should consider clarifying paralegal rights of representation in arbitration proceedings, writes trial lawyer Michael Hassell in this week's Speaker's Corner. Such a change represents a wonderful and exciting opportunity to facilitate alternative dispute resolution across Ontario.

Rationality not romance needed in articling debate
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Along with alternative business structures, articling is one of the two most important issues facing us as a profession today. But Ian Holloway, in his Law School Futures column, writes that, until we substitute rationality for romance in the way in which we think and talk about it, he's not sure that we'll make much headway at all.

Neither apples nor oranges are working
Canadian Lawyer 4Students, online
Comparing the Law Practice Program and articling isn't fair, but neither really prepare you for practice, writes Matt Hopkins, who has just completed the first ever LPP at Ryerson University.

BD meets CLE
Canadian Lawyer, online
Rapid continuous learning is a fact of our lives. Embrace it and create long-term, lasting relationships, writes Simone Hughes in her Make it Count column.

Osgoode PD

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