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Monday’s Mix

Each Monday we present brief excerpts of recent posts from five of Canada’s award­-winning legal blogs chosen at random* from more than 80 recent Clawbie winners. In this way we hope to promote their work, with their permission, to as wide an audience as possible.

This week the randomly selected blogs are 1. Crossroads Family Law Blog 2. Double Aspect 3. Robichaud’s Criminal Law Blog 4. Great LEXpectations 5. Canadian Class Actions Monitor

Crossroads Family Law Blog
Unbundled legal services an underused access-to-justice solution

Unbundled legal services can fill the access-to-justice gap left by spiralling legal fees and dwindling legal aid funding, Calgary and Vancouver family lawyer Marcus Sixta tells AdvocateDaily.com. “I believe there is this large market of people who are unable to access traditional legal services because they either make too much money to qualify for legal aid, or their province doesn’t offer legal aid services in family law,” says Sixta, founder of Crossroads Law. “Even if you do have more money, you don’t necessarily have enough to pay a lawyer $5,000 per day to go to court and run a trial for you. …

Double Aspect
Our Government Some implications from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimony

I hesitated to write a post on the bombshell testimony of former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould. The facts are constantly evolving, much of it involves politics rather than law, and though we have benefitted from cogent legal commentary on the relevant legal principles, I should let that commentary stand rather than contribute my (underdeveloped) two cents on it. That said, …

Robichaud’s Criminal Law Blog
Heather’s Legal Summaries: R v Jarvis, 2019 SCC 10

A school teacher secretly recorded his female students’ breasts with a camera pen while they were engaged in normal activities at school. Mr. Jarvis was charged with voyeurism under s. 162(1) of the Criminal Code. That offence is committed where a person surreptitiously observes or makes a visual recording of another person who is in circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy, if the observation or recording is done for a sexual purpose. …

Great LEXpectations
CPLED Redevelopment

The CPLED Program has been the Manitoba bar admission course for the past 15 years. It has been delivered through three provincial organizations, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Law Society of Saskatchewan-Bar Admission Office and the Law Society of Manitoba. While the past 15 years have successfully launched many law graduates into rewarding careers, it is a program that is due for a refresh to bring it in line with the changing nature of the profession and the practice of law. …

Canadian Class Actions Monitor
Alberta Court closes the door on vexatious class action

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench recently struck a proposed class proceeding as an abuse of process, refused to allow the proposed representative plaintiff (a non-lawyer) to represent the proposed class, declared the plaintiff to be a vexatious litigant, and restricted his future access to the Court. In Biley v Sherwood Ford Limited, 2019 ABQB 95, the Court considered three separate actions by a self-represented plaintiff, including a $11 million proposed class action. …

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