Professional regulation

Quebec Court of Appeal’s Nicholas Kasirer nominated to Supreme Court of Canada

Quebec Court of Appeal’s Nicholas Kasirer nominated to Supreme Court of Canada

Nicholas Kasirer, a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec who previously served on the faculty of McGill University’s law school for 20 years, is on track to be the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Law Society of B.C. to carry out more law firm audits

Law Society of B.C. to carry out more law firm audits

The Law Society of B.C. is stepping up audits of law firms that handle trust accounts in practice areas it deems high risk.

LSBC establishes licensed paralegal task force

LSBC establishes licensed paralegal task force

The Law Society of B.C. has established a Licensed Paralegal Task Force that picks up where the Alternate Legal Service Provider Working Group, formed in January 2018, left off at year’s end.

Quebec bill threatens careers of hijab-wearing lawyers

Quebec bill threatens careers of hijab-wearing lawyers

“Either I remove my hijab and accept this flagrant violation of my rights under the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms or I find another line of work,” says Farhat, who recently wrote an open letter against Bill 21 on Droit-Inc, Quebec’s popular French-language legal news website.

B.C. law society proposes rules to crack down on money laundering

B.C. law society proposes rules to crack down on money laundering

As the B.C. government continues its crackdown on money laundering, the Law Society of B.C. is proposing a rule change relating to trust funds plus issued guidelines for private loans agreements in a bid to protect lawyers from becoming collateral damage.

Crossing the judicial line

Crossing the judicial line

The Canadian Judicial Council had been in existence for more than a decade before its first formal hearing into the conduct of a judge and the central issues were the limits on speech outside of court and whether that could be subject to disciplinary action.