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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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2018-02-21
Les juristes promettent de traîner Couillard et Moreau devant les tribunaux

Malgré leurs quatre mois de grève en plein hiver, les avocats et notaires de l'État (LANEQ) devront se contenter de la plus faible hausse salariale de toute la fonction publique. Incapables de s'entendre avec Québec, ils promettent de traîner Philippe Couillard et Pierre Moreau devant les tribunaux.

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Date de parution : 2017-07-13
Avocats et notaires de l'État québécois : Échec prévisible de la médiation obligatoire

Les avocats et notaires de l'État québécois (LANEQ) réagit au dévoilement du rapport résultant de la médiation tenue obligatoirement avec le gouvernement en vertu de la loi. Le rapport conclut à l'échec de la médiation. Selon LANEQ, ce résultat désolant était prévisible, dans la mesure où la loi adoptée par le gouvernement pour forcer le retour au travail de ses membres ne permettait pas de réelle négociation.

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Date de parution : 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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Date de parution : 2017-07-10

 

CACC “Outstanding Achievement” (Dennis Theman) Award

 

The Canadian Association of Crown Counsel is the national Association which represents the collective interests of Crown prosecutors and Crown lawyers. It contributes to helping governments and the public understand issues involving Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system and Crown civil lawyers in the civil justice system. It addresses issues of Crown lawyers concerning conditions of employment and working conditions and promotes and encourages the professional development of Crown Counsel. Members include representatives of Associations representing criminal and civil Crown lawyers from the ten provinces and from the Federal government.

 

Background to the Award

 

This national award was established in 2004 to recognize, honour and celebrate the work of devoted Crown Prosecutors and Crown Lawyers who have shown outstanding dedication to their role as Crown Prosecutor or Crown Counsel and who have shown exceptional support for and have promoted and defended the interests of the Crown and the interests of Crown Counsel.

 

The CACC Outstanding Award was first presented to and is named for Dennis Theman, in recognition of his perseverance in assisting the Crown employer and the public understand the issues that involve Crown prosecutors in the criminal justice system. It is also in recognition of Dennis Theman’s remarkable dedication to improving the conditions of employment and working conditions for Crown Prosecutors and his promotion and encouragement of their professional development. It also is in recognition of a man who was also an excellent and dedicated Crown Prosecutor.

 

From his call to the Bar in 1978, Dennis Theman exhibited a passion for issues of social justice and the practice of criminal law. He began his employment as a Crown Prosecutor in Nova Scotia in 1990. He was responsible for training many Crown prosecutors and was a respected role model. He never hesitated to assist other Crown Prosecutors in preparing their cases for trial while at the same time remaining fully prepared and dedicated in each of the matters he was assigned to prosecute. He was also devoted to ensuring the independence of the role of Crown Prosecutor. Dennis Theman served as President of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorney’s Association. During that time, and under his leadership, the Nova Scotia Crown Attorney’s …

Eligibility

 

This Award is open to a Crown Counsel, who is a:

ideally a member or former member of an Association of the CACC,

 

Criteria

 

This Award was created to recognize exceptional contribution and achievements by a criminal or civil Crown Counsel including:

 

a) outstanding mentorship;

 

b) outstanding contribution to the organization of Crown lawyers;

 

c) outstanding perseverance and dedication shown in the role of Crown Counsel;

 

d) exemplary leadership; and

 

e) outstanding commitment and service to the members of his or her Association.

 

This Award is available only to individuals, not Associations and may be presented posthumously. The CACC Executive and/or Nomination Committee Members are not eligible for the Award.

 

Nomination Procedure

 

The nominator for the Award must be a member of a CACC. Nominators must provide a brief statement outlining their reasons for nominating the candidate, including any press clippings and any other relevant information to the President of the CACC, or his or her delegate, by the date established for the deadline of nominations. The nomination must indicate that the candidate has been advised of the nomination prior to the deadline and that the candidate has consented (unless the person is deceased).

 

Selection Process

 

On the years in which the Award will be open for nominations, the President of the CACC, is to appoint a Nominations Committee to solicit nominations, recommend candidates to the Executive, and administer the Award and to arrange for the Award ceremony. The composition of the Nomination Committee is at the discretion of the President but should consist of a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of five (5) members. It should include at least one representative of a Criminal and a Civil Association. It may include the Previous President of the CACC, members of the Executive, the previous award winner and/or Dennis Theman.

 

The recipient of the Award shall be chosen from the candidates by a majority vote. More than one person may be awarded the Award in a given year. The Committee may also decide not to present the Award in any given year.

 

Presentation

 

The Award will be presented at a program or other function as is determined by the President.

 

Award

 

The Award will consist of a special plaque to be given to the recipient of the Award.

 

Deadline for Applications

 

Nominations and supporting material must be filed with the President of the CACC by a deadline specified each year. The deadline may be extended in circumstances that the President determines appropriate.