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What is cruel and unusual punishment?

  • February 03, 2023

In a pair of companion rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down a mandatory minimum sentencing provision as cruel and unusual punishment while upholding another one for robbery with a firearm.

Vavilov: The next chapter in administrative law

  • January 28, 2020
  • Jonathan M. Coady, Q.C.

Administrative law has been the subject of almost constant revision in Canada. One leading judge – and a gifted thinker in the field – once described administrative law as a “never-ending construction site” where one crew builds structures and a later one tears them down to build anew.

CBA intervenes in judicial compensation case at SCC

  • January 28, 2020

In December, the CBA appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervenor in a case involving judicial compensation – the third time it has appeared before the high court on this issue, arguing for the larger principle of judicial independence.

CBA was ahead of the curve on TWU

  • June 26, 2018

The Canadian Bar Association has taken an interest in Trinity Western University’s plan for a law school since the proposal first came before the Federation of Law Societies of Canada for approval in 2012.

Groia v Law Society of Upper Canada

  • June 04, 2018

The Supreme Court handed down a split decision in Groia on June 1, with the majority ruling that it was unreasonable for the Law Society’s appeal panel to find Joseph Groia’s conduct unreasonable.

After IGGillis Holdings: Protecting privilege when giving common legal advice

  • March 29, 2018
  • Mark Tonkovich and Stephanie Dewey

The Federal Court of Appeal’s recent decision in IGGillis Holdings brings comfort and certainty to transactional and advisory lawyers working collaboratively in today's complex legal environment. While the case arose in the context of a tax audit, its teachings on privilege should reach all areas of practice.

Ten things important to me about the TWU hearing

  • January 30, 2018
  • Susan Ursel

Note: Eugene Meehan of Supreme Advocacy asked two of the people who were in the courtroom for the TWU appeal on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to write about their thoughts and feelings about those two days.

Trinity Western law school – the saga so far

  • November 28, 2016

With November’s decision by the B.C. Court of Appeal on the Law Society’s decision not to approve Trinity Western’s Law School, we decided it was time to bring you up to date on what’s been happening with the various cases, and what’s to come.