CBA pleased by much in Liberals’ first budget

  • March 30, 2016

The government tabled a budget on March 22, its first since winning the election last October. As usual, the punditocracy and special interest groups lined up to weigh in; claims that there was not enough of this, or too much of that, or of election promises being broken here and there were mixed with a smattering of applause.

Determining the (pay) scales of justice

  • March 29, 2016

What price justice? The CBA doesn’t put a figure on it, but it does recommend a number of principles be adopted by the commission calculating the appropriate pay for federally-appointed judges and prothonotaries.

Dying with dignity – however you define it

  • February 24, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada handed down its decision in Carter a year ago, giving the federal government 12 months to adjust the Criminal Code to the ruling, which struck down Canada’s assisted dying laws as unconstitutional.

Not built for speed: Studying the delays in criminal hearings

  • February 24, 2016

A Senate committee has launched a study into the reasons behind delays in the criminal justice system. Members of the Criminal Justice Section appeared on the CBA’s behalf before the committee in February on very short notice, happy to have the opportunity to address what have been issues of concern for the Section for some time. Read on for more.

The whys and wherefores of court costs

  • February 24, 2016

Wherefore art thou court costs? It might not be a question for a moonlit balcony, but it is one of several philosophical questions with practical applications that the Federal Court is asking of stakeholders in the legal system. What is the purpose of court costs, and how best to apply them? What about pro bono cases?