In less than two weeks, CanLII Connects, a new project from the free online legal research provider, is already making it easier for people to get useful legal information when they need it. Since CanLII Connect’s public launch April 4, engagement with the site has outpaced the organization’s expectations. CanLII Connects was created to make […]

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Daily court information is now accessible from a Ministry of the Attorney General online service. The service, which went online this morning, was developed to make it easier for people to find out where and when they need to go to court. It includes Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice, listed by jurisdiction, type of […]


Look for new faces on the bench starting Wed., April 16, on Ontario Courts of Justice across the province. Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo made the appointments, which were announced recently and include: Justice John F. Adamson Justice Adamson was called to the bar in 1990 and has practised criminal law for 22 years. Justice […]


This is a “Paralegal success story.” The plot line: how I used skills and experience to create a unique product that benefits my new profession as a legal services provider, and reached close to 100,000 people in one year.   When I spoke recently at a college Career Prep Day, I used the “5Ws” of […]

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Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the appointment of Kevin B. Phillips to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Ottawa). A judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, Phillips replaces Mr. Justice M. J. Quigley, who elected to become a supernumerary judge last May 24. Mr. Justice Phillips was […]


  Paralegals will be able to electronically file more documents, including writs of seizure and sale under the Rules of Civil Procedure, after discussions between the government and the Law Society of Upper Canada.   The changes take effective July 1. Two regulations that affect paralegals are: O. Reg. 43/14 (RCP amendment regulation) O. Reg. […]

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Is it discriminatory to discriminate against an organization that discriminates in the name of religion? That is one element at the core of an extraordinary debate today at the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). The law society, which regulates the legal profession in Ontario on behalf of the public, chose to hold the public, […]

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Paralegal SCOPE Magazine is among a select group of contributors to a new content area at CanLII — the Canadian Legal Information Institute. CanLII Connects provides context, case summaries and commentary on the repository of legal cases listed with the free service. Launched April 4, CanLII Connects draws on the goodwill of the legal community […]


With five paralegals elected to the Paralegal Standing Committee (PSC) getting set to begin their four-year terms, some licensees are still uncertain about some details. Misinformation and rumours spread during the campaign could leave doubts in licensees’ minds. The five who were elected March 31 are now benchers with full voting rights at Convocation. The […]


Litigator and Paralegal SCOPE contributor Darryl Singer explains a decision that affects paralegals whose practice includes judgment enforcement and Provincial Offences. The corporation that operates the 407 ETR toll highway is the focus of one of the more significant bankruptcy decisions rendered in the last several years by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The […]

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Browne v. Dunn Rule — This evidentiary principle applies to consideration during cross-examination. While not a true “rule,” Browne v. Dunn suggests that an opposing party must give the witness of the other party an opportunity to know and explain, if possible, evidence that will be called later to “impeach” that witness’s credibility. This rule […]

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“Constructive discrimination” – A requirement, qualification or factor exists that is not discrimination on a prohibited ground but that results in the exclusion, restriction or preference of a group of persons who are identified by a prohibited ground of discrimination and of whom the person is a member. See section 11 (1) of the Ontario […]

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As of Monday, all Thunder Bay Superior and Ontario Court of Justice court matters are housed in a new courthouse, at 125 Brodie St. N. The Ministry of the Attorney General notes that the facility, in Thunder Bay’s downtown south core, will improve access to justice in the region. The new seven-storey building accommodates 15 […]