Unbundling the civil litigation retainer

“A significant proportion of middle-income Ontarians can afford to pay for some legal services.  Developing innovative programs to harness this market, whether through unbundling, legal expense insurance, or other forms of subsidized legal services, would represent an important step forward.” — Report of the Ontario Civil legal Needs Project, 2010, p. 56 (la version française suit)… Read More

‘Tis the Season to be Injunctive

(la version française suit) When 10 minutes to go, is late It was 6:50 p.m., and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a —— Drrrring!  “He’s not here yet.  He’s supposed to have my kids here by 7,” said the voice, to the lawyer.  “Can’t you phone the judge or… Read More

Litigation guardians: the limitations minefield

Any time you act for a minor or a mentally incapable person in litigation, or in other legal matters, you will be appointing a litigation guardian.  Next comes the tricky part, from a limitations perspective. Acting for litigation guardians is fraught with peril.  Suddenly, the incapacitated personal injury victim or minor, usually incapable of appreciating… Read More

Peering over the Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Parapets: Redesigning Ontario Rule 49 to Encourage Meaningful Offers of Settlement

Click here for my article, “Peering over the Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ Parapets: Redesigning Ontario Rule 49 to Encourage Meaningful Offers of Settlement” 30AdvocQ285.  Temporarily resolving the burning issue: does Rule 49 favour plaintiffs or defendants? Terms of use / Mentions légales

OJEN Civil Law Confidential

In 2008, Lee Akazaki, Jeffrey Radnoff and Jennifer McAleer from the OBA Civil Litigation Section Executive presented Civil Law Confidential, an interactive programme of teaching resources for high school civics and law teachers, at the Summer Law Institute.  Click on the above link, for information and materials.