From Justice Fryer. Please distribute widely. The following information applies to the Durham Region Courthouse, located in Oshawa: Until further notice, all court appearances are to be presumptively held virtually by Zoom as set out in the Notice to the …

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August 4/20 Update: As of August 5th, in some court jurisdictions, people involved in a family court case can file documents at every step of a case (whether the case is a new or an ongoing one) electronically. This new service …

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In late June, the Law Society of Ontario released a consultation paper on the Family Legal Services Provider Licence, seeking input from stakeholders about the components of the licensing framework as well as contextual information to help determine “the effectiveness …

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Luke’s Place is seeking a full time, experienced (minimum 3 years), Legal Support Worker/Family Court Support Worker to provide professional delivery of its innovative programs and services to women who have been subjected to intimate partner abuse. Luke’s Place is …

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On February 9th, four-year-old Keira Kagan and her father, Robin Brown, were found dead at the foot of a cliff near Milton, Ontario. There seems little doubt that this was a murder-suicide: Keira’s father had been abusive to her mother, …

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COVID-19 case: COVID-19 vaccination In Tarkowski v Lemieux 2020 CarswellOnt 8070 (C.J.), Justice Jones dealt with the issue of how the parents would make decisions about having their child vaccinated, when and if a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. The six-year-old …

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COVID-19 has shone a light on many issues across the province/country/world: issues that existed before the pandemic and that will remain with us after it is over. We have learned (and continue to learn) a great deal during this experience, …

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Robinson v Darrah 2020 O.J. No. 2016, Ontario Superior Court of Justice: The father brought a motion to have his access to the child resumed and for police assistance in ensuring compliance. The child has lived with the mother since …

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Gillespie v Jones, 2020 CarswellOnt 5720 (S.C.J.): The child and mother live in Ontario, pursuant to a 2017 order from a British Columbia court, where they had been living following the parents’ separation. The father remained in B.C. and was …

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Our Legal Director, Pamela Cross, appeared before Standing Committee on Justice Policy – Bill 161:  The Stronger and Smarter Justice Act on June 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Thank you very much for this opportunity to speak with you about …

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