Access to Justice

David Baker’s Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel

  • November 12, 2017
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On November 13, 2017, David Baker will be presenting his paper, “Words of Caution for Applicant Counsel” at the Ontario Bar Association’s program, Your First Application Before the Human Rights Tribunal. Among the critical pieces of advice discussed, is the following:

Applicant counsel owes a duty to their clients to advise them that the HRTO is increasingly denying Applicants accessible justice, particularly in large or systemic cases. » Read the rest

Further Reflections on the Court Challenges Program

  • March 21, 2017
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The Ontario Bar Association has recently published an article by Kiran Kang entitled: Funding Charter Litigation: Lawyers reflect on the revival of a cancelled program.

The article contains comments from lawyers, including bakerlaw’s David Baker, who were able to bring important equality cases thanks to the funding from the former Court Challenges Program . » Read the rest

Court Challenges Program – A Call to Action

  • March 2, 2017
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Further to David Baker’s comments on the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (see our previous blog post here (link)), read this letter (link) to the Minister in charge of the program.

The letter calls on the Minister to confirm the mandate of the program and ensure it is as strong and committed to equality as the former program was. » Read the rest

David Baker’s Comments on U of T Law School Tuition

  • February 14, 2017
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After years of trying to work for change within the system, I have decided that it is time to speak up.

While other law schools and professional faculties are far from blameless, it was U of T Law that broke the mould and took the leap towards charging what the market would bear. » Read the rest

An Open Letter to the Law Society of Upper Canada

  • February 14, 2017
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David Baker has authored the below open letter to the Law Society of Upper Canada. Regarding the danger of false advertising and the problems associated with the lack of an objective assessment regarding the quality of service provided by a lawyer. » Read the rest

David Baker on the Court Challenges Program and what it means for Bakerlaw and for Equality Seekers Across Canada

  • February 14, 2017
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Bakerlaw currently has 4 Charter cases on the go with 8 more ready to go pending the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program (CCP). Each case will be described on this website when it is known to be proceeding and with consent from the client(s). » Read the rest

Legal Resources

Not sure if you need a lawyer? Want to learn a bit more about your situation from a legal point of view before retaining a lawyer? Check out some of these helpful legal resources.

What is discrimination? The Ontario Human Rights Commission website provides information as to the codes grounds for discrimination and other aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code. » Read the rest

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