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COMMENTARY November 09, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, Nov. 9

Opening the Kimono

JAMES MORTON

I deal with a lot of civil and family cases.

In those cases, unlike criminal matters, both sides have to make disclosure of their cases to each other; in criminal cases the prosecutor has to make disclosure but the accused doesn’t have to disclose their case.

Disclosure in civil and family...

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COMMENTARY November 07, 2016 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, Nov. 7

False Confessions

JAMES MORTON

Most people think that the gold standard of proof of criminal guilt is a confession.

If someone tells the police they “did it” then they must be guilty!  Who on earth would ever confess to a crime they didn’t commit?  It’s just common sense.

In fact, this common sense view is wrong – false...

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COMMENTARY October 17, 2016 - 1:08 pm

Legal Ease, Oct. 17

The Elks Want to Throw Me Out... What Are My Rights?

JAMES MORTON

One of the most obscure areas of law is “club law.”

This deals with the rights of members of clubs to have fair hearings when dealing with clubs they belong to. Usually in Canada the clubs involved are sporting clubs but the area of law includes pretty well all voluntary organizations. So if my...

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COMMENTARY October 03, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Oct. 3

Child Welfare

JAMES MORTON

The main responsibility for the well-being and care of children rests with their parents.

It goes without saying that children are vulnerable and dependent on their parents and caregivers. Generally, parents and caregivers are warm, loving and capable. But sometimes that is not the case and...

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COMMENTARY September 29, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Sept. 29

Do I have to do what the judge said?

JAMES MORTON

Suppose a judge or judicial officer makes an order and you disagree with it. In fact, you are totally sure the judge or judicial officer is wrong and the order will never stand up on an appeal.

Can you just ignore the order?

No! And if you do you may well end up in jail.

An order of a court or...

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