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July 31, 2014

The Tension at the Heart of the Civil Justice System

There is a tension at the heart of the civil justice system. On the one hand, the system exists to resolve disputes on their merits. On the other hand, time limits imposed by the Rules of Civil Procedure or court orders must be respected, otherwise they will cease to have any meaning. Judges are faced...

June 24, 2014

A Commentary on Hryniak v. Mauldin

The latest issue of The Advocates’ Journal has a commentary on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin by Jonathan Lisus. Mr. Lisus asks: “How will litigation history judge the decision – as a requiem for the vanishing trial or as a catalyst for modern trial procedure?” It’s fair to say that...

June 10, 2014

The Court of Appeal Has Misgivings About Summary Judgment

In its landmark decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin, 2014 SCC 7, the Supreme Court of Canada held that summary judgment offered a viable process for adjudication in many civil claims. The Court overturned the decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, saying the Court had “placed too high a premium” on the “full appreciation” of...

April 28, 2014

Judicial Temperament

In a widely reported decision, Laver v. Swrjeski, 2014 ONCA 294, the Ontario Court of Appeal set aside a decision of Superior Court Judge John McMunagle for apprehension of bias. The case involved an application that money advanced by the applicant to her daughter and her daughter’s common law husband for the purchase of a...

January 31, 2014

Moral Character

Over a two year period in the late 1990’s, journalist Stephen Glass fabricated some forty articles in prestigious publications, including The New Republic and Harpers. His fraud is considered among the worst in the annals of journalism. At the time they were committed, Glass was also a part-time law student. Following his graduation, he applied...