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CLEO ED Julie Mathews says the opportunities presented to legal aid providers by technology go well beyond mere Internet access and racking up "site visit" numbers into the stratosphere.
Michele Leering, ED of Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic, says without early or effective intervention, a single everyday legal issue can result in multiple impacts for affected families.
Michele Leering, lawyer and ED of the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic in eastern Ontario, describes "...the domino effect — when a triggering legal problem leads to a cascade of other issues."
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released a groundbreaking decision that some see as a precedent for improving chronically underfunded First Nations child welfare services.
The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario's Tracy Heffernan says it will be "incredibly disheartening for marginalized groups across Canada" if the Supreme Court doesn't hear this case.
CLEO's Julie Mathews writes about legal training for trusted community intermediaries, often the first person people turn to when they have a legal problem and don't know what to do about it.
An appeal court decision on Gladue suggests that defense lawyers need to better explain the circumstances of Aboriginal client.
Fixing Canada's justice system has to come from a sustained collaboration at the grassroots level, one of the country's top jurists says.
Julie Mathews, Executive Director of CLEO, writes in The Lawyers Weekly that, whether online or off, public legal education is crucial.
Toronto Community Housing Corp.'s proposed sale of hundreds of affordable homes may lead to Charter litigation.
As Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites become a part of our daily life, great quantities of information, both public and private, are being housed on these sites. Inevitably, this information has begun to show up in court. The upcoming Canadian Bar Association conference (Aug. 12-14) “Snakes in the Grass: Ethical Issues in the Information Age” will explore the growing trend of social media use in the courtroom. How will the introduction of this new technology affect publication bans, court decorum, production of evidence and the administration of justice?
This case and another like it highlight the need for greater caution in the criminal justice system when dealing with defendants with mental health issues, legal experts say.
This article reports on the first study about the decisions of litigants on whether or not to have a lawyer.
A recent Ontario Court of Justice decision has highlighted what defence lawyers say is an ongoing access to justice issue in the province, as Legal Aid Ontario continues to decline funding in criminal cases where a jail term may not be imposed.
Should litigants be permitted to find out who has viewed their court documents?
Lawyers point out that Bill C-30 would create a number of overlooked provisions that expand access by the authorities to a trove of private information that is now off-limits.
The decline in the number of rural lawyers in the provinces is either small or manageable, but the numbers speak ominously to what lies ahead.
Despite widespread belief that dismissed employees are entitled to a "package," the law is clear that employers can provide working notice of dismissal. It was widely accepted that individuals who had been given working notice of dismissal had an obligation to continue to carry out their duties throughout the notice period, and that if they did not, they lost their right to sue for wrongful dismissal. A recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal calls that view into question.
If more lawyers aren't persuaded to take on divorce and child custody cases, even relatively straightforward family matters could drag on for many months, perhaps years, experts say.
In the case of same-sex couples who live abroad but who married here and want to obtain Canadian divorces, the federal government's rapid about-face on Jan. 13 also illustrates that, sometimes, the court of public opinion is the highest court in the land.