Category Glossary

Legal Word of the Day: “Reasonable Apprehension of Bias”

“Reasonable Apprehension of Bias” — A reasonable apprehension of bias is the standard by which a judge or decision maker can be removed. Bias is a predisposition to rule in favour of one side to the detriment of the other. The bias can be real or perceived. Justice de Grandpré explained the test for reasonable […]

Legal Word of the Day: “And / Or”

“And / Or” — Appears between two or more persons, statements or things in a list. It can be read either conjunctively (connected) or disjunctively (separating). For example, “A and/or B” can be read as “A and B” or “A or B.” Robert Dick, in his book Legal Drafting in Plain Language, states that term […]

Legal Word of the Day: “Limitation Period”

Limitation Period — Time limit on initiating an action, claim or complaint. The action may be related to remedy an injury, loss or damage from an act or omission. In Ontario, these time limits are set out in the Limitations Act, 2002. It came into force in 2004 and was amended in 2006 to permit […]

Legal Word of the Day: ‘Non Est factum’

“Non est factum” — Literally, “it is not his deed,” or “the document did not follow his hand.” This is a defence in contract law. A contract can be voided if a person who signed it can show he did so in error, as a result of misrepresentation and while mistaken as to its nature […]

Paralegal CPD Hours Decoded

What is the CPD Requirement, who must meet it, and what does it mean for you? Convocation has changed elements of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirement. Some changes took effect May 30, 2013; others are being phased-in. Read about those changes in SCOPE. CPD is mandatory for paralegals who are providing legal services and […]

Legal Word of the Day: “Provincial Offences Act”

Provincial Offences Act — Provincial legislation that affects almost all Ontarians’ lives. It sets out the procedure followed to prosecute provincial offences, at the Ontario Court of Justice. The Ontario Court of Justice hears virtually all provincial offence matters as well as offences against municipal bylaws. Examples include: Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding […]

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