News in Legal System
The Canadian Bar Association announces the release of Moving Forward on Legal Aid: Research on Needs and Innovative Approaches.
A Law Times article reports that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has refused a request by Legal Aid Ontario to dismiss a long-standing racism complaint by the African Canadian Legal Clinic.
The probe will look at the origin and communication of the sweeping changes to civil liberties in downtown Toronto, passed ahead of June summit, says the Globe and Mail.
A Toronto Star article says that it isn't clear who should be answering to claims of alleged excessive police force and disregarded civil liberties at the G20 Summit protests.
The Intelligencer reports on a visit by Ukrainian legal-aid professionals to the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic in Belleville to study how the clinic delivers its services. The group also visited CLEO in Toronto.
A Toronto Star article reports that in five years' worth of cases at the Ontario Court of Appeal, 23 per cent of people in criminal appeals, over half the people in family law cases, and a quarter of those appealing civil court decisions had no lawyers.
A post on Clicklaw Blog describes two recent reports on legal needs that consider the role technology and access to legal information play in helping people work through legal problems.
In a media release, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says that, based on first-hand observations of human rights monitors, police conduct during the G20 Summit was, at times, disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is taking reports from across Toronto about incidents that happened during the G20.
Toronto's police chief is admitting there never was a five-metre rule that had people fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter.