Category Criminal

Canada Evidence Act – s. 31 Does Not Stand Alone

Paralegal Karen Fair summarizes a recent Ontario Court of Justice decision that considers whether and for what purpose electronic evidence may be admitted. In R. v. Mondor, 2014 ONCJ 135, Justice Mara Greene determines whether section 31 of the Canada Evidence Act allows the admission of electronic evidence for truth of its contents without complying […]

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‘Officially Induced Error,’ Or Wishful Thinking?

Litigator and Paralegal SCOPE contributor Darryl Singer examines the defence of “officially induced error,” in light of a recent case involving an e-bike operator whose driver’s licence had been suspended.   The accused in the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice case of R. v Clifford, 2014 ONSC 2388 (CanLII) introduces a relatively rare defence […]

SCC’s May Appeals Affect Paralegal Scope Matters

  The Supreme Court of Canada’s list of appeals for May includes several cases that could affect the paralegal scope of practice. Employment, privilege and privacy are among the key principles the court is asked to consider this month:     David M. Potter v. New Brunswick Legal Aid Services Commission, a statutory body corporate […]

Unsafe Driver System ‘Antiquated’: Marin

Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has urged the province to ensure safer roads by fixing “numerous flaws” in its systems for monitoring drivers with potentially dangerous medical conditions. In the report released April 30, “Better Safe Than Sorry,” Marin outlines the case of Allan Maki. He caused a triple-fatal car crash in 2009 while experiencing severe […]

New Thunder Bay Courthouse Opens

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 […]

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