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Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Lawyers and Notaries of the Québec State: Predictable Failure of Mandatory Mediation

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) react to the disclosure of the report resulting from mandatory mediation with the government under the law. The report concludes that mediation has failed. According to LANEQ, this desolate result was predictable, since the law passed by the government to force the return to work of its members did not allow a real negotiation.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Publication date : 2017-07-10
‘Incredibly damning allegation’: Cardinal case ignites feud between prosecutors, justice minister

Alberta's justice minister has been accused of making an "incredibly damning allegation" about discrimination in the Angela Cardinal court case and now finds herself in a pitched battle with the province's Crown prosecutors. In a blistering four-page letter to Kathleen Ganley dated June 6, the president of the Alberta Crown Attorneys' Association defended the actions of the prosecutor who handled the case.

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Publication date : 2017-06-21
Senate committee outlines plan to fight court delays

People accused of serious crimes, including murder, should no longer be set free automatically when a judge finds their right to a timely trial has been violated, a Senate committee has recommended in a wide-ranging plan to fight delay in the criminal-justice system.... Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said he liked the comprehensiveness and the recommendation to seek alternatives to stays. But he expressed concern that people might be allowed to violate their bail conditions without serious consequences.

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Publication date : 2017-06-14
Supreme Court ruling on trial delays ‘out of step with reality,’ senators say

The Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs released a report Wednesday that makes 50 recommendations to speed up criminal trials, saying what’s needed is a complete rethink of the Canadian criminal justice system, not drop-dead timelines. Rick Woodburn, president of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, said the report isn’t “alarmist” but “realist.”

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Publication date : 2017-06-14

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2009 Theman’s award recipient to Paul Vesa and Paul Vesa bursary


Dear Friends of Paul Vesa :
At 5:00pm on April 16, 2009, at the Raddison Admiral Hotel, 249 Queen's Quay West , Toronto, our colleague Paul Vesa will receive the coveted CACC Dennis Theman award from the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel. Paul's spouse, Ondina Zanini will receive this award on Paul's behalf.
Following this ceremony, the Paul Vesa Bursary at the University of Windsor will be formally announced.
Your are invited to attend this important occasion to well remember Paul.
Yours truly,
Tom Hewitt President Ontario Crown Attorneys Association
Nick Hedley President Association of Law Officers of the Crown
Claude Girard President Canadian Assocation of Crown Counsel

Paul Vesa Bursary description

The Paul Vesa (University of Windsor Law ’81) bursary is available to the second year student interested in the practice of criminal law who best exemplifies Paul’s tremendous love of life, community involvement, education of the profession and deep commitment to the administration of justice.
Paul Vesa passed away on June 14, 2008 after a brief but ferocious battle with leukemia. Paul was an accomplished barrister having prosecuted as an assistant crown attorney for the majority of his professional life. Paul’s contribution to the community reached far beyond the court room. Paul was a strong leader in the professional advancement of crown attorneys and lawyers across Ontario and Canada. Over his career Paul was the President of the Ontario Crown Attorneys’ Association, Canadian Association of Crown Counsel and long-standing member of the Ontario Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association serving on the OBA Executive and on countless committees and projects.