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How not to litigate

Share This: This month, there was a costs decision released in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that is well worth reading. In Saleh v Nebel 2015 ONSC 3680, click here: Saleh v Nebel Justice Myers declined to award costs to the … Continue reading

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Challenges of self-representation to the justice system

Share This: When I was a litigant, I had often wished that the court system was simpler. For instance, why can’t we  just go to the court and tell our stories, and the judge will take care of the rest? … Continue reading

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Court Allows Backdating of Statement of Claim

Share This: As you probably know, in order to sue someone, there is a limitation period, or deadline for filing a claim. What happens when you miss the deadline? The usual response is that your action will be dismissed. However, … Continue reading

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Nasty Neighbour dispute

Share This: Every so often comes a gem of a lawsuit that simply cannot be ignored. Yesterday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision on a particularly nasty dispute between two neighbours: Morland-Jones v. Taerk 2014 ONSC 3061 … Continue reading

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“It’s part of my job”

Share This: Time and again, people have asked me how it can be right for lawyers to defend guilty criminals. I’ve struggled with that question myself. I totally understand the reasoning behind this question: after all the work the police … Continue reading

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Whose tree is it?

Share This: This is an interesting case in which the applicant asked the court to declare that she is the sole owner of a maple tree, so that she can remove it without her neighbour’s consent.  In Hartley v. Cunningham … Continue reading

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Costs for self-represented litigants

Share This: It is very encouraging to see the judiciary awarding more than just nominal costs to self represented litigants (SRL). In a recent decision, Bergen v  Sharpe 2013 CanLII 74188, Justice Price awarded the sucessful self represented litigant $12,091.85 … Continue reading

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