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Les Leyne: Premier David Eby takes on lawyers — again

The B.C. NDP government has introduced a one-page bill that bestows the right to join a union on the 350 lawyers who work for government. There’s a catch. It herds them into a union the government prefers, the Professional Employees Association, rather than allowing them to form their own.

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Publication date : 2023-05-06
‘Unfair labour practice’: B.C. government accused of blocking union bid by its own lawyers

Lawyers for the B.C. government say the province has ended negotiations with them ahead of legislation they claim aims to block their right to form their own union.

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Publication date : 2023-05-04
N.B. prosecutors say recent sexual assault stay is evidence of resource shortage

New Brunswick’s justice system is reaching a crisis point. Urgent calls have been made to address the provincial criminal justice system after a decision was made to stay a sexual assault case due to the lack of prosecutors. According to the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Association, the judge’s decision, made in Moncton last Friday, is directly linked to the shortage of resources.

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Publication date : 2023-03-01
Delays prompt judge to stay charges against man accused of sexual assault
Delays prompt judge to stay charges against man accused of sexual assault

Charges were stayed in Moncton provincial court Friday against a man accused of sexual assault, with the judge agreeing with the defence that the accused had waited too long to be tried. Meanwhile, New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Association, representing Crown attorneys, saying staffing shortages in their ranks are at crisis levels.

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Publication date : 2023-02-24
Government lawyers in B.C. fight for right to form their own union following newly tabled bill
Government lawyers in B.C. fight for right to form their own union following newly tabled bill

The B.C. Government Lawyers Association (BCGLA) is speaking out against the newly tabled Bill 5, which will allow government lawyers interested in unionizing to join the Professional Employees Association (PEA) for government-licensed professionals, but does not allow them to form their own union.

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Publication date : 2023-02-11
B.C. government lawyers fight for right to unionize on their own terms
B.C. government lawyers fight for right to unionize on their own terms

Lawyers who work for the B.C. government writing legislation, providing legal advice and representing government in civil litigation want the right to join a union of their choice. The B.C. Government Lawyers Association said that 75 per cent of the government’s 350 lawyers had signed cards asking that the association be allowed to represent them as its proposed new union.

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Publication date : 2022-11-21


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IAP Statement Regarding the Events in Ukraine and the Russian Federation

01-03-2022

The International Association of Prosecutors joins the international community in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation.

 

The International Association of Prosecutors – a global association represented by prosecution services, associations of prosecutors and individual prosecutors in over 170 countries – joins the international community in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ordered by the President of the Russian Federation.

 


This act violates both Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law. A state is prohibited from the use or threat of force against another state unless acting in self-defence or acting pursuant to a United Nations Security Council resolution. Neither of these two exceptions is applicable to Russia’s actions against Ukraine.



Further, the International Association of Prosecutors expresses deep concern at the President of the Russian Federation’s allegations of lack of independence and corruption on the part of Ukraine’s investigators, prosecutors, and judges. Both the prosecution services of Ukraine and the Russian Federation are organisational members of the International Association of Prosecutors, and both have played a significant role in the development of the worldwide community of prosecutors. Any attempt to subvert the work of independent investigators, prosecutors and judges is intolerable and the fundamental principles of the rule of law must be safeguarded at all costs.



The International Association of Prosecutors implores the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to exhort his government to end the threats posed by Russian action to the civilian population of Ukraine in general and to its prosecutors and their families in particular.



In our effort to strengthen global standards, build capacity and improve international co-operation amongst prosecutors, the International Association of Prosecutors will continue to develop its network of regional offices. In the meantime, the International Association of Prosecutors has today decided to suspend the operation of the regional office in St Petersburg with immediate effect because of the Russian Federations actions in Ukraine.



The Hague, 1 March 2022

 

https://www.iap-association.org/News/IAP-statement-regarding-the-events-in-Ukraine-and