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The Jury Selection Process and Juror Responsibilities

The result of Jury Selection

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.

Injured while on ODSP: Your Legal Rights

ODSP assistant

To be involved in an accident can be overwhelming as it is, but if you are already receiving support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), you may feel especially uncertain about your legal rights. For example, you may be wondering how you can afford a lawyer, whether you will owe ODSP a portion of any funds received, and whether you are entitled to continue …

How the Family Law Act Helps Injured Victims’ Families

Family law act protects family

The effects of a car crash often extend beyond the injured victim and have a significant impact on the victim’s family. If a person is injured or killed by the fault or negligence of another, family members may make claims under the Family Law Act.

Could this Reality Show Make Ontario Roads Safer?

Heavy Rescue 401 poster comp

On January 3, 2017 the Discovery Channel debuted Heavy Rescue: 401, a reality show that follows emergency rescue and recovery towing operators on Ontario’s 400-series highways. The show follows on the heels of Highway Thru Hell, a highly successful program filmed in the British Columbia interior which finished its fifth season in 2016. The program is a pleasure to watch. Tow operators compete to be …

Stretching the Limitation Period in Ontario

stretching a limitation period requires more than a broken clock

A couple of recent cases from our Court of Appeal confirm that a limitation period can be stretched beyond the usual two years, but only if it would not be appropriate for a plaintiff to start the legal action earlier. In Ontario, the Limitation Act, 2002 governs the time limits for when a legal action needs to be filed. In most cases the usual rule is that a civil action must be filed within two years of when the event occurred. However, the two-year time frame will not start until the claim is “discovered”.

Seeing Through the Haze of Canadian Marijuana Laws

Canadian flag with maple leaf replaced by marijuana leaf

As Canada nears the likely legalization of marijuana for recreational use, a host of issues will impact on users for medical purposes. Presently, the possession, distribution and production of marijuana is illegal. An exception to this applies to medicinal use. Long-term medical, legal, and business effects of marijuana legalization remain clouded. Introduction of recreational marijuana legislation is expected in spring 2017. Until then, Canada holds its breath.