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September 3/20 Update: We have gathered together links to current information about a number of important issues related to the operation of the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) as of September 2nd. Please note: If you work in a community where family court operates as part of the Ontario Court of Justice, this information may not…

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The connection between COVID-19 and the safety of women living in or attempting to flee abusive relationships may not be immediately obvious, but those of us practising family law, in particular, need to be aware of it. Public policy decisions that close schools, community centres, libraries, arenas and swimming pools; encourage people to work remotely…

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As I mentioned in my remarks when I received the Guthrie Award recently, there has been little attention paid to ensuring that lawyers – particularly family law lawyers – are educated about the issue of family violence. This creates a significant barrier to access to justice for families where violence has been a factor. Those…

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Woman abuse is a common issue in family court cases, yet few legal professionals screen for it. As The Globe and Mail reports: About 67 per cent of domestic homicides in Ontario involved couples who had separated or were about to separate, according to data from the province’s chief coroner spanning from 2003 to 2016….…

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Fifteen women, their mothers and their children have been killed in Ontario by intimate partners or family members since January 2018. This is more than the yearly average. Holly Hamilton, 29, Hamilton Baljit Thandi, 32, Brampton Avtar Kaur, 60, Brampton Elaine Bellevue, 61, Mississauga Jan Singh, 70, Oakville Barbara Kovic, 76, Etobicoke Raya Turunen, 88,…

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Dual charging or counter charging of women is one of the direct results of the mandatory charging policy. This is a serious, if unintended, consequence, and rates of dual/counter charging remain high in Ontario. Both women and their children feel the consequences of dual/counter charging. The abuser gains even more power and control because he…

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