Small Claims Court Jurisdiction Increased to $35,000: What does this mean for current cases?

    Currently, the most someone can ask for in Small Claims Court is $25,000. Beginning on January 1, 2020, the Small Claims Court will increase its jurisdiction from $25,000 to $35,000. Litigants who started a claim in the Superior Court can seek to transfer their case to the Small Claims Court if the amount sought … Continue reading Small Claims Court Jurisdiction Increased to $35,000: What does this mean for current cases?

#LawNeedsWellnessBecause

Recently the #LawNeedsWellnessBecause hashtag was trending on Twitter. Lawyers weighed in on why mental health should be a priority. Amongst the #LawNeedsWellnessBecause tweets, the structure of how lawyers practice was pointed to as a contributor to stress, anxiety, and burnout. Despite the structural factors influencing mental health, there is almost an exclusive focus on fixing … Continue reading #LawNeedsWellnessBecause

Ontario Bar Association: Fall Council Meeting

Over the weekend, the Ontario Bar Association held its annual Fall Council Meeting. There were several amazing speakers. President Colin Stevenson spoke about the barriers to innovation and the ways companies are overcoming these barriers. Barriers to innovation include: The solitary work of lawyers. Lawyers tend to work alone, even in large law firms. Lawyers tend … Continue reading Ontario Bar Association: Fall Council Meeting

Court Services of the Future: Online Mediation

  In British Columbia, the Legal Services Society has launched a free, online service called “The Family Resolution Centre”. It is part of My Law BC(delivered by legal aid provider Legal Services Society). The Family Resolution Centre program of My Law BC helps separated couples create parenting plans online. The parenting plans deal with parenting … Continue reading Court Services of the Future: Online Mediation

Blockchain Regulation and Governance Course

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology are considered by experts to be the biggest technological change since the invention of the internet. Since ancient times money has been the domain of governments. Because digital currencies such as Bitcoin are not created by governments as a central authority, and are being increasingly used to transfer wealth, regulators … Continue reading Blockchain Regulation and Governance Course

Privacy Rights in the Internet Age and The New Tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts

“Society has been scrambling to catch up to this problem [the publication of intimate photos or videos online without consent] and the law is beginning to respond to protect victims.” – Justice Stinson in Jane Doe 464533 v N.D., 2017 ONSC 127 Gradually courts have been awarding damages for the tort of public disclosure of … Continue reading Privacy Rights in the Internet Age and The New Tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts

Court Forms: Should They be Eliminated?

  Court forms are confusing. They are difficult to fill in and contain legal jargon. Even worst, the guides for court forms can be hard to follow. Especially, if you do not have a strong grasp of English or an understanding of the court system. I have personally witnessed numerous people struggle with court forms, … Continue reading Court Forms: Should They be Eliminated?

Is Selling Prescription Eyewear Online Legal?

Nowadays you can buy almost anything online: clothing, food, glasses, jewelry, medication, mattresses, and the list goes on. So is there a problem with buying prescription eyewear online? The College of Optometrists of Ontario thought so. The College launched a court application against Essilor Group Canada Inc. for operating the online retailer Clearly.ca and Coastal. … Continue reading Is Selling Prescription Eyewear Online Legal?

Third Party Funding: Can AI Help?

Recently Alan Freeman wrote about the use of artificial intelligence in third party funding of litigation, in his article “Intelligent Funding: Could AI Drive the Future of Litigation Finance”. Litigation funding, also known as third party funding, provides financing to plaintiffs and law firms to enable them to pursue their claims in return for a … Continue reading Third Party Funding: Can AI Help?

Cost Award from Blogging: Blake v Blake

If you or your firm blogs about a court decision, then the court will infer that you knew about the case. In Blake v. Blake, 2019 ONSC 4062, Justice Daley wrote about the consequences of blogging about a case but failing to bring that case to the court’s attention.  Counsel for the respondent blogged about … Continue reading Cost Award from Blogging: Blake v Blake