Articles about ‘access to justice’

BC Human Rights Tribunal makes historic damages award to victim of racial harassment – but leaves him to swallow high legal costs

  • February 8, 2021
  • Laura Lepine
  • Comments Off on BC Human Rights Tribunal makes historic damages award to victim of racial harassment – but leaves him to swallow high legal costs

On January 28, 2021, the BC Human Rights Tribunal awarded a former corrections officer nearly $1 million in damages for the racial discrimination he experienced in the workplace.

The decision marks the highest general damages award from the BC Tribunal. It comes just over 1.5 years after the Tribunal found that Levan Francis, a Black man, experienced discrimination in employment on the grounds of race and colour, as well as retaliation. » Read the rest

(In)Accessibility in the Legal Profession

  • November 3, 2020
  • Khalid Mahdi
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Among key factors that shape the ability of Canadians to access justice, the physical accessibility of courthouses is too crucial an issue to be overlooked. For lawyers with disabilities, the inaccessibility of provincial courthouses is not simply an issue of physical access, but also the ability to participate as members of the legal profession. » Read the rest

Have Your Say: Help Create Accessibility Standards

  • August 10, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Accessibility Canada is looking for participants to help shape accessibility standards aimed at addressing barriers faced by Canadians with disabilities in the following areas:

  • employment
  • the built environment
  • information and communication technologies
  • communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • the procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • the design and delivery of programs and services
  • transportation

Check this website of opportunities to get involved and have your say (link).

Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

  • August 6, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
  • Comments Off on Accessing and Preparing for Virtual Hearings

Are you participating in an upcoming remote hearing? Wondering what to do and how to prepare? Check out these resources on Best Practices for Virtual Hearings (link). These resources may be particularly helpful for self-represented litigants.

If you have an upcoming hearing and are looking for a consultation, we might be able to help. » Read the rest

Changes At Bakerlaw

  • July 29, 2020
  • David Baker
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Bakerlaw is pleased to announce that it has been growing, regionalizing and adding new leadership.

Starting today it begins a second stage to the achievement of these goals, projected to extend over the coming year that will include the addition of experienced litigators, the launching of an access to justice initiative and working collaboratively to establish a law and policy centre that will be involved in research, international consulting and graduate level education. » Read the rest

New changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board as of October 1, 2019

  • September 27, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Government of Ontario announced plans to enhance the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) to replace the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The program will be known as the Victim Quick Response Program + (VQRP+), which builds on the existing VQRP program by making it easier for victims and their families to access services and supports and getting them support faster. » Read the rest

Unbundling legal services

  • August 22, 2019
  • BakerLaw
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The Law Society of Ontario (formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada) published an article related to professional obligations regarding unbundling legal services. You can read this article here (link).

Unbundling legal services are limited scope retainers whereby the client and their attorney agree to limit the scope of the attorney’s involvement in the legal matter. » Read the rest

Clear line drawn on appropriate judicial and adjudicator activity in support of equality seeking groups: engaging with politicians and trying to persuade them to reach specific policy outcomes

  • April 16, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
  • Comments Off on Clear line drawn on appropriate judicial and adjudicator activity in support of equality seeking groups: engaging with politicians and trying to persuade them to reach specific policy outcomes

On December 20, 2018, the Ontario Judicial Counsel handed down a decision clearing the Honourable Justice Donald McLeod of judicial misconduct.

A finding of judicial misconduct can only be made where any breach of the standards of judicial conduct by the judge was “so seriously contrary to impartiality, integrity and independence of the judiciary that it has undermined the public’s confidence in the judge’s ability to perform the duties of office or in the administration of justice generally.” » Read the rest

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