The only online publisher of paralegal news and information, Paralegal Scope provides content to CanLII Connects. This free legal information provides good legal writers with significant exposure for their writing skills. Reaching a wide audience, CanLII Connects offers access to useful legal information to the public and legal services providers alike. These recently reported cases and CanLII Connects summaries are directly relevant to the paralegal scope of practice:
“Unfortunately, lawyers and paralegals sometimes assume that a consent adjournment request in Small Claims Court will always be granted.” – Taylor v 2300474 Ontario Inc, 2015 CanLII 36628 (ON SCSM)
Barter-system home renovation goes wrong; whispering answers during examination not such a good idea, either Spavest Inc. v Wu, 2015 CanLII 36629 (ON SCSM)
Pleadings fail to disclose a reasonable cause of action; claim related to quality of Brock University program struck in Small Claims Court – Liang v Brock University, 2015 CanLII 31300 (ON SCSM)
Appeal based in part on “ineffective counsel” by law student is rejected; choosing an agent over a lawyer means choosing to forego the right to the effective assistance of counsel. “An accused person does not enjoy the same constitutional guarantees when he or she is represented by an agent.” – R. v Lin, 2015 ONSC 3546 (CanLII)
In B.C., a provincial court judge finds the mandatory victim surcharge is “cruel and unusual punishment,” unconstitutional, and a breach of Charter sections 7 & 12 – R. v. Barinecutt, 2015 BCPC 189 (CanLII)
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