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Ripped from the headlines: CBA resolutions reflect issues in the news

  • January 28, 2020

High-profile issues from the news of the past year are reflected in many of the nine resolutions that will be up for debate at this year’s CBA AGM, on topics ranging from protecting the role of the Attorney General to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to using the notwithstanding clause.

CBA supports plan to strengthen, modernize the Federal Court

  • January 22, 2020

Increasing access to justice through modernization and strengthening the Federal Court as a national institution are priorities laid out in the court’s proposed 2020-25 strategic plan that the CBA’s Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee is pleased to support.

Online access to Federal Court documents must have appropriate limits

  • January 22, 2020

A transparent judicial process is essential to a properly functioning democracy, but there is something to be said for the “practical obscurity” of paper-based records and the privacy they offer, says a CBA working group looking at a Federal Court proposal to make court files available online.

Allowing modifications in court gowning promotes inclusivity

  • November 21, 2019

Far from being considered anachronistic, the hundreds-year-old practice of lawyers wearing robes to court is in modern times seen to be a great equalizer, forcing the attention to what lawyers are saying in court rather than what they’re wearing. But the current rules make some more equal than others.

Medical assistance in dying legislation unconstitutional, court rules

  • November 18, 2019

Since then, the CBA has passed resolutions dealing with the law, including one urging the government to amend the Criminal Code to permit advance requests for medical assistance in dying, and has offered its assistance to the Expert Panel established by the government to study next steps.

Ditch the landing process, says Immigration Law Section

  • October 28, 2019

Just like a jet pilot who has a checklist of procedures to carry out when coming in for a landing, would-be immigrants have a process to follow once they’ve received permanent resident status in order to become landed. Unlike the pilot’s procedure, the immigrant’s landing process is “unnecessary and inconvenient,” rarely uncovers new issues of concern and could be replaced by technology.

Removal decisions should come after Stage 1 determination, not before

  • September 26, 2019

Canadian regulations allow Immigration and Border officials to remove would-be immigrants as soon as they’ve been declared inadmissible, but the CBA’s Immigration Law Section says they should wait to see whether that declaration is the final word on the matter.