Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from sixty recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.
I don’t use exclamation marks often. This may be the first one in my blog. But I am very pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada released this morning in The Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 59, holding that British Columbia’s court hearing fees are unconstitutional by effectively denying access to people to superior courts, contrary to section 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867….
For Sale, at the Right Price
This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada has released its judgment in Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 59, the B.C. hearing fees case. A five-judge majority led by the Chief Justice holds that although a province can, in principle, impose some form of fees for access to courts, the fees British Columbia levied on litigants who set their cases down for trial in the province’s courts, escalating to 800$ per day starting on the 10th day of a trial, are an unconstitutional interference with the core jurisdiction of superior courts protected by s. 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867 as interpreted in light of the Rule of Law principle. …
The decision of Blondin c. Blondin Leblanc, 2014 QCCS 4365, pits twelve heirs, who are also siblings, against each other with respect to the administration of their late mother’s estate. More precisely, the mandatary appointed to take care of their mother in the event of her incapacity, along with the liquidator of their mother’s estate, are being sued by several of their siblings (hereinafter referred to as the “Plaintiffs”) who are contesting their rendering of account and are claiming a reimbursement of $ 212,444.11 to the estate….
Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer’s Blog
ABS: Creating a Dialogue
Could Alternative Business Structures (ABS) improve the way legal services are delivered in Ontario, and help to address mounting concerns over access to those services? That is something we hope to learn more about over the next number of months, as we seek input from lawyers, paralegals, stakeholders and the public about ABS….
Canadian Legal History Blog
Call for Papers: The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction, at McGill, June 2015
Via the Canadian Association of Law and Society/Association Canadienne Droit et Societe. English follows: « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte » La World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists est heureuse d’annoncer son Quatrième Congrès International, qui se tiendra à la Faculté de droit de l’Université McGill (Montréal, Canada). Le Congrès débutera avec une réception suivie d’une conférence le 24 Juin en soirée et se poursuivra jusqu’au 26 juin 2015. Le thème de ce congrès sera « Le chercheur, le professeur, le juge et le juriste dans une juridiction mixte »….
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