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COMMENTARY February 15, 2017 - 2:30 pm

Legal Ease, Feb. 15

Speedy Trial

JAMES MORTON

How long should a criminal case take to get heard?

The Canadian Constitution provides that anyone charged with an offence is entitled to a speedy trial. The concept is that having a charge hanging over your head for a long time is not fair.

What’s more, evidence for a trial may not last well....

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COMMENTARY February 08, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Feb. 8

Freedom of Religion

JAMES MORTON

Freedom of religion is one Canada’s fundamental freedoms. All Canadians are entitled to practice any religion, or no religion at all, without any interference by government.

What’s more, a person’s right freely to practice their religion must not be impeded by others—human rights codes across...

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COMMENTARY February 02, 2017 - 11:45 am

Legal Ease, Feb. 2

Why did my case get adjourned?

JAMES MORTON

One of the most frustrating things people face in court is an adjournment. You get all ready for a hearing and then—nothing happens beyond getting a date to come back later.

There’s an old saying “justice delayed is justice denied” and there is some truth to that. On the other hand unless the...

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COMMENTARY January 25, 2017 - 9:59 am

Legal Ease, Jan. 25

U.S. president versus Canadian prime minister: who has more power?

JAMES MORTON

The American president is, of course, a very powerful individual and can cause considerable problems if not suited for the position.

That said, almost everything an American president does is subject to review by others—aside from the ability to act in exigent military circumstances, the American...

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COMMENTARY January 19, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Legal Ease, Jan. 19

How Are Judges Chosen?

JAMES MORTON

When you appear in Court in Nunavut, you are likely to be appearing before a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice. That is true whether your case is civil, criminal, family or any other kind of case.

Judges have enormous power and decide on what happens in family cases, who is right when there is...

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