A Look Into How an Adjudicator is Trained at the LAT

Guest Author: Laura Dickson, Lamont Law In 2018, the independence of the adjudicators and decision-making process was called into question by the Divisional Court. The Divisional Court in Shuttleworth found that, although some outside influence on reason writing was considered permissible, the Court held that there ought to be an institutional consultation procedure in place to safeguard the independence of the decision-maker. The Ontario Court …

Pandemic Price Gouging in The Car Insurance Industry

New data reveals that car accidents in Ontario have gone down by more than 56% since Ontario’s State of Emergency was declared on March 17, 2020. How have car insurance companies responded? By increasing Ontarians’ premiums by an average of $30 per policy since the pandemic began.

Updated LAT Statistics

OTLA continues to make strategic Freedom of Information requests to the government. As part of these requests, we recently received updated Licence Appeal Tribunal statistics.

10 Things We Learned at The September LAT Stakeholder Meeting

OTLA staff and members attended the Licence Appeal Tribunal Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on behalf of OTLA. At the meeting, the LAT provided us with an update on their operations and different stakeholders (OTLA, the IBC, The Advocates Society and the OBA) each presented concerns and potential solutions to help the LAT.

Time to Eliminate Most Civil Juries

Recently, Ontario’s Attorney General, the Honourable Doug Downey, notified Ontario lawyers that his office is considering eliminating juries for most civil matters. This notice to the profession has been hotly debated in the legal community, but this issue should be important to every citizen in Ontario who one day may rely on our justice system.

Increase of Highway Speed Limits to 110 km/hour: Important Facts to Know

As part of a recent pilot project, the speed limit on certain Ontario highways have been increased to 110 km/hour in an attempt to improve traffic flow. As novel as many commuters will find this, there are several things people must keep in mind…