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COMMENTARY June 16, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, June 16

Being a Witness: Just Answer the Question!

JAMES MORTON

Earlier this week, I had great success challenging a witness who spent most of his time, while testifying, blaming everyone else for everything that happened to him.

While he was not blaming others, he spent his time arguing with me as to what exactly my questions meant and, on occasion, how poor...

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COMMENTARY June 09, 2017 - 12:05 pm

Legal Ease, June 9

Potholes

JAMES MORTON

Welcome to pothole season. You are driving your ATV or automobile as slowly and carefully as you can but… BANG! It sounds like you ran over a land mine.

But you didn’t.

You hit a pothole.

The weather in Nunavut pretty well guarantees we are going to have problems with the roads. There will be...

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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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