Refugees 'in the crosshairs' as Legal Aid Ontario battles for government funding, advocates warn

Legal Aid Ontario says it has no choice but to slash refugee services — but many say cuts could be 'devastating'.

Posted:
May 25, 2017
Article source:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

Court weighs in on self-represented litigants

The court found that while deputy judges in Small Claims Court have to deal with huge volume pressures, trial fairness requires them to take the extra time with self-represented litigants.

Posted:
May 24, 2017
Article source:
Law Times

Register for upcoming webinar: Immigration Status and Relationship Breakdown: What Women Should Know

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T.

Register for this webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Mon, May 29, 2017, 12:00 PM E.S.T. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series discusses the different types of immigration status for non-citizen women in Canada and how status may be affected by their partner and the breakdown of their relationship. It explains the April 2017 changes in immigration law, specifically the removal of conditional permanent residence for sponsored spouses/partners and what this means for women who want to leave an abusive relationship. The webinar will also discuss legal options and tips for staying safe. METRAC's Program Lawyer, Silmy Abdullah, will co-present with Immigration lawyer, Caitlin Maxwell of Equity Legal and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Register today at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ap63no6lizd&eom

Posted:
May 23, 2017
Article source:
METRAC

Legal portals for Access to Justice information

In Law, Technology and Access to Justice, Roger Smith looks at some recent developments in Access to Justice portals in the English-speaking world.

Posted:
May 23, 2017
Article source:
Law, Technology and Access to Justice

Sexual-assault education now required for new Ontario judges

A recently updated Ontario Court of Justice plan specifies that an education program for newly appointed judges is now mandatory.

Posted:
May 18, 2017
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Judicial council fears 'special interest groups' shaping sexual assault training

The Canadian Judicial Council is concerned that if sexual assault survivors help develop training for judges, it could interfere with the independence of those on the bench.

Posted:
May 17, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star

OCA rules on search and seizure

Criminal defence lawyers say the decision has important implications for search and seizure law and when a spouse can waive the privacy rights of an accused person in a jointly owned residence.

Posted:
May 16, 2017
Article source:
Law Times

Debate heats up on paralegals in family law

The proposal is controversial for lawyers who see their work as being too complex for paralegals and say adding them to the marketplace would not help getting more people legal representation.

Posted:
May 16, 2017
Article source:
Law Times

Register today for an upcoming webinar - Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Assault: Ontario's ILA Pilot Program

When: May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Online

May 25, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - This webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series reviews the pilot program that provides free independent legal advice (ILA), for survivors of recent and older cases of sexual assault.  This webinar covers who can get free legal advice and what questions a lawyer can help with.  METRAC's Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, co-presents with sexual assault lawyer, Karen Bellehumeur of Jellinek Law Office, Toronto/London.

Posted:
May 16, 2017
Article source:
METRAC

Don't abandon impoverished people who need legal aid: Editorial

The federal and provincial governments should each ante up $13 million more this year for Legal Aid Ontario so it doesn't have to balance its budget on the backs of the poor: Toronto Star. 

Posted:
May 11, 2017
Article source:
Toronto Star