Justice Category Archives

7 Things Drivers Should Know About Parking Tickets and License Suspension

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Nothing is worse than finding a parking ticket fluttering on the windshield. Many will open up the glove compartment to quickly stash the ticket away, drive home, and try to put the wretched ticket out of your mind. Before you know it, you’ve forgotten about the whole ordeal … and never paid the ticket.

This scenario happens to hundreds of Ontarians every year and many drivers are unaware of the consequences that it can have. Here are 7 things you should know to protect yourself from license suspension following a minor infraction.

The Jury Selection Process and Juror Responsibilities

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The trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was interrupted after a user of an online forum published details of the case. Certain responsibilities – such as juror discretion – are integral to the administration of justice. This post explores how juries are selected and expected to act.

Troubling Trends in LAT Costs Awards

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Was it something I said? Non-verbal cues in court

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In the world of litigation, words matter. Written submissions, statements, admissions , and contradictions all shine a light on the ultimate goal—getting to the truth. However, one important and rarely-emphasized area of focus in litigation is non-verbal communication. Whether we are talking about juries, lawyers, litigants or judges, one common factor at play is the human condition to subconsciously send and receive non-verbal messages. Impressions and …

9 Months of LAT: Statistical Analysis of Decisions to Date

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Starting April 1, 2016, the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) took over hearing Statutory Accident Benefits disputes. The first LAT decision was released online in July 2016. With the LAT just turning 9 months old, this post will examine the LAT decisions published online to date (as of January 12, 2017).

Ontario to Provide Counselling Compensation for Traumatized Jurors

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A jury summons is a civil responsibility, not a voluntary invitation, and can expose jurors to disturbing details of a case. To help jurors cope with traumatic experiences in Ontario courts, the province is launching a program that will provide counselling services to jurors.