Judge won't declare presumption that black Canadians need special consideration in sentencing

A judge has rejected the idea of declaring a presumption that black Canadians should receive special consideration in sentencing, as Indigenous peoples do.
Posted:
April 23, 2018
Article source:
The Globe and Mail

Clinics band together to expand legal services for low-income people

Community legal clinics in Northern Ontario are joining forces to expand their services in employment law, injured workers law, and elder/senior law, in a project called Advocacy North.

Posted:
April 23, 2018
Article source:
SaultOnline.com

Judge lambastes Legal Aid Ontario after it foots bill for woman who married her ex-boyfriend after he suffered a 'catastrophic' brain injury and then spent years fighting his family in court

An Ontario judge has ruled that Legal Aid's support of a woman was an "abuse of process" that wasted precious judicial resources meant for low-income Ontarians.

Posted:
April 23, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

Community justice hubs to offer addiction, mental health support under same roof as courts

New community hubs will offer offenders mental health, housing, and addiction supports under the same roof as courts in Toronto, London, Kenora.

Posted:
April 23, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

Federal plan would kick paralegals, law students out of provincial courtrooms, critics say

If the maximum penalty for summary offences changes to 2 years less a day, paralegals and law students will be left out as they can only act in cases where the maximum penalty is six months.

Posted:
April 20, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star

Black Community Legal Needs Assessment

When: April and May, 2018

Where: Locations around Toronto and in Ottawa

For more information: keishiafacey@gmail.com, 647-981-5256

Consultations will be held at venues around Toronto as well as one in Ottawa to determine the legal needs of Ontario's Black communities.

Posted:
April 19, 2018
Article source:
Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC)

Sweeping changes proposed for Criminal Code

Canada's largest criminal lawyers organization says there was a lack of consultation over the the federal government's proposed changes and predicts they will spark Charter challenges.

Posted:
April 18, 2018
Article source:
Law Times

Legal aid eligibility increase means greater access to justice for low-income Ontarians

Community legal clinics and student legal aid services in Ontario will receive $7.2 million in funding over the course of 2018-19, says the release put out by the government.

Posted:
April 17, 2018
Article source:
The Lawyer's Daily

Steps to Justice has a new and improved design

After extensive user testing, CLEO is pleased to announce a new and improved redesign of the Steps to Justice website.

Posted:
April 17, 2018
Article source:
CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario)

Judges denounce 'egregious' delays at one of Canada's busiest courthouses

In less than two years, 21 narcotics cases in Brampton have collapsed. Judges and defence lawyers point to problems in the federal prosecution office.

Posted:
April 17, 2018
Article source:
Toronto Star