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COMMENTARY May 11, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, May 11

Evidence in Court

JAMES MORTON

One of the most misunderstood areas of law is what evidence can be put in front of a court.

There are strict rules limiting the evidence that can be put forward during a trial and those rules often confuse people.

It is true that the law of evidence is complicated—it is a full course in law...

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COMMENTARY May 08, 2017 - 1:10 pm

Legal Ease, May 8

Can I sue for a bad job reference? That depends...

JAMES MORTON

Can I Sue for a Bad Reference?

As a general rule, if someone says something about you that would lower your reputation in the eyes of reasonable people, you can sue for defamation.

Written defamation is libel, and verbal defamation is slander.

Of course, if the defamation is true, you don’t have...

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COMMENTARY April 27, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, April 27

Gladue Reports—What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?

JAMES MORTON

Aboriginal people make up a large proportion of the people in prison in Canada. Nearly 20 years ago the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the large number of aboriginal prisoners “may reasonably be termed a crisis.” 

So to try to limit the number of aboriginal prisoners, Parliament and the courts...

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COMMENTARY April 24, 2017 - 10:00 am

Legal Ease, April 24

Medical Malpractice

JAMES MORTON

Incompetent treatment by medical practitioners is quite rare.

That’s why, when it does happen, incompetent medical care is a big news story. It’s a bit like the example of how safe airplanes are—a plane crash is so unusual that it gets front page coverage.

All that said, sometimes errors are made...

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COMMENTARY April 18, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, April 17

Expert Witnesses

JAMES MORTON

In general, witnesses are expected to say what they saw, heard, smelled or somehow perceived. They are not supposed to give their opinions about what happened.

The idea is that you put all the facts before the court and then let the court take those facts and come to conclusions about what...

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