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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...

Oral Argument in Motions Court

There has been so much of value written on the subject of oral advocacy that it would be impossible to review these efforts in a short paper. For the purpose of discussing oral advocacy in motions court, there are several approaches that warrant emphasis: (1) put yourself in the position of the audience; (2) the...

Delays in Obtaining Civil Trial Dates: An Issue of Concern

The subject of access to justice has been receiving much attention of late. It was top of mind at the annual conference of the Canadian Bar Association. Consultation reports on the topic are forthcoming. I would like to focus, however, on a subject that has more practical implications for civil cases currently in our Court...

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