Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:00

The Top 25 Most Influential 2017

Canadian Lawyer’s top 25 Most Influential in the justice system and legal profession in Canada is now in its eighth year. The Top 25 is always the magazine’s most-read and most-commented-on feature. Its popularity — both in terms of the number of nominations we receive as well as the number of votes in the public poll — highlights the engagement and pride in their colleagues that lawyers, judges and others in the legal profession have.


Tuesday, 04 July 2017 09:00

Playing the Jordan ‘Trump’ card

Canada’s 150th birthday also marks a darker anniversary. It’s been one year since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in R. v. Jordan.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 05 June 2017 09:00

Show me the (laundered) money

Our June issue of Canadian Lawyer has a money theme. We publish our annual Legal Fees Survey in this issue, which we hope will help lawyers and law firms better understand how their fees compare to their competition. Often, lawyers make these business decisions based on little to no data, and our survey is meant to help address that.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 05 June 2017 09:01

Tracking dirty money

Tracking dirty moneyA turf war between law societies and the federal government is almost inevitable with new rules on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the pipeline.
Proposed new jails are proof Canada is not upholding UN normsIt has been two years since the United Nations adopted crucial revisions to the international standards on the treatment of prisoners. The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) forcefully called on member states to respect prisoners’ inherent dignity, allow access to medical care, protect vulnerable inmates and ensure access to legal representation.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 01 May 2017 09:01

Court Delays

Court DelaysR. v. Jordan was a wakeup call, but did it really address root causes?
Monday, 01 May 2017 09:00

The solution to court delays

Did the Supreme Court of Canada help anything when it released R. v. Jordan last July, giving courts a timeline before criminal charges are stayed due to delay? Regardless of how you answer that question, you can’t deny that the decision has had an effect. The SCC essentially launched a grenade into the debate about trial delays and how to fix them.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 03 April 2017 09:00

In search of fairness

Photo: Robin Kuniski
Photo: Robin Kuniski
Toronto criminal lawyer Chris Murphy is seeking justice for the family of a Saskatchewan First Nations man who was  fatally shot last August.
Published in Departments
Liberals pick only low-hanging justice fruit with Bill C-39This month, the Liberal government took swift and decisive action against zombie laws found lurking in Canada’s Criminal Code. Except their actions were not swift, decisive or principled but instead a half-hearted grab at only the lowest hanging justice fruit.
 
Published in Web exclusive content
How to keep sexual assault cases on trackCanada’s substantive and procedural sexual assault laws are pretty strong on the books. Consent must be affirmative, contemporaneous and continuous. Mistaken belief in consent must have an air of reality. Sexual history is presumptively inadmissible. Personal records are rarely relevant. Yet only one in 10 sexually assaulted women makes a report to the police and only one out of 10 of these complaints will result in a conviction.
Published in Web exclusive content
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