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Banning Twitter in the courts

By Yves Faguy April 1, 2013 1 April 2013

Criminal defence lawyer and blogger Véronique Robert applauds the Twitter/email ban in Quebec’s courts. Neither the legal community or journalists, she argues, have shown themselves to be ready to make responsible use of Twitter from inside the courtrooms (more after the jump).

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Engaging the public on justice for families

By Yves Faguy March 28, 2013 28 March 2013

In his Globe article yesterday, Kirk Makin identified many of the key points in the Report of the Family Justice Working Group of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. There’s another point that deserves mention however: The limited attention paid by the public to the family justice system. Here’s what the report says:

Despite its high rates of engagement with the family justice system on an individual basis, the general public pays relatively little attention to family law. The media focus is substantially on criminal law cases and the public tends to view and evaluate the justice system through a criminal law lens. The greater media attention to, and corresponding public engagement with issues of crime translate into heightened political interest and investment in criminal law matters. This has already had a measurably negative effect on family law in an environment that has seen family law legal aid budgets diminish significantly in the face of relentless resource pressures from criminal justice.

At the same time, natural advocates for the family justice system have not emerged as strongly as in criminal law where institutional players, such as Crown, police and corrections appear to have a greater capacity to pursue a reform agenda. On the political question of resource allocation at least, it is apparent that more assertive and sustained advocacy combined with highly visible leadership are needed to better assert the interests of families and children.

So we’ll be discussing more of this in the weeks to come leading up to the CBA’s Envisioning Equal Justice summit to be held in Vancouver in late April.

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Ontario's summary judgments

By Yves Faguy March 26, 2013 26 March 2013

The CBA intervened today before the Supreme Court of Canada in Bruno Appliance v. Hryniak and Hryniak v. Mauldin, two appeals interpreting the summary judgment rules in Ontario. David Sterns and Paul Sweeny represented CBA. National caught up with them for this interview and asked why lawyers across Canada should pay attention to the decision:

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Does digital piracy really hurt sales?

By Yves Faguy March 20, 2013 20 March 2013

It depends on who you ask. Two interesting studies have come out recently on the impact of digital piracy. A recent study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has found -- for the time being at least -- that piracy doesn't hurt digital music sales (more after the jump).

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Fighting Foreign Corruption Act

By Yves Faguy March 8, 2013 8 March 2013

The CBA’s anti-corruption team appeared on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to endorses the government’s efforts to crack down on foreign corruption and to propose improvements to Bill S-14, Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, which aims to strengthen the current Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). We caught up with Michael Osborne, a partner at Affleck Greene McMurtry and a member of the team to explain the proposed changes and share with us the CBA's position.  

 

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