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Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers

It was one year ago today that the Quebec government passed a law that forced the province’s 1,100 civil lawyers and notaries back to work after a four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history. But the head of the lawyers’ union says time hasn’t taken the sting out of the collective slap his members received when the law was passed following a marathon 24-hour debate in the National Assembly on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Publication date : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email

A junior lawyer’s decision to speak out — with an email copied to dozens of government lawyers — about an allegedly “abusive” boss at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General caused Queen’s Park to finally take notice of historic problems that were later called a “festering” sore in a government report.

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Publication date : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals

Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years.  The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day...

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Publication date : 2018-02-21
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


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The CACC reacts to the new “impunity” measures

19-04-2013
CACC ACJE Maritime Center 1505 Barrington Street, Suite 1325, Halifax, NS B3J 3K5 CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF CROWN COUNSEL ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE DES JURISTES DE LETAT p. 902 424 7670 • f. 902 424 0658 • e. Info© CaCc-acjeCa • w.caCc-ac]eca April15, 2013 The National Association of Members of the Public Prosecution Service of Brazil (CONAMP) Mr. Cesar Bechara Nader Mattar Junior President SHQ, Quadra 6, Conjunto “A” Complexo Brasil 21, Bloco “A”, Salas 305)306 CEP 70.322-915 - Brasilia - Distrito Federal Brazil Dear President, I am pleased to provide this letter on behalf of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, a national association which represents the collective interests of Crown prosecutors and Crown lawyers in Canada. I understand that a proposal (PEC 37/2011) has been introduced to amend the Brazilian Constitution, which, if adopted, will result in significant changes in the conduct of prosecutions in Brazil. Our Association is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors (lAP). We agree with the content of a letter that James Hamilton, the President of the lAP, sent to you in February. We are particularly concerned that one of the principal effects of the proposal is that the power to conduct criminal investigations would be assigned exclusively to the police, thus removing the role of the Brazilian prosecution service from the evaluation of criminal charges. We also understand that a main concern of your association, CONAMP, and other Brazilian prosecutors’ associations is that the amendment would significantly affect the ability of prosecutors to conduct effective, fair and impartial criminal investigations including those relating to the fight against organized crime and corruption. We strongly support CONAMP in its effort to oppose this proposal because it may seriously affect the role of the Brazilian prosecutors’ services as gate keepers and decision makers in the criminal justice system. A system of checks and balances is fundamental to all criminal justice systems that adhere to the rule of law. We are concerned that the current proposal removes an important check and balance in your system. The CACC, an Association used to helping governments and the public understand issues involving Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system and Crown lawyers in the civil justice system, shares the concerns already raised by your association and underlined by the lAP. Moreover, we support any initiatives that will help Brazilian prosecutors in their efforts to maintain the principle of the rule of law as it is established and recognized in international standards, conventions and laws. Sincerely, --- I - - Eric Woodburn, President