Bill C-75 and Summary Conviction Matters

Numerous amendments to the Criminal Code contained in Bill C-75 (SC 2019, c 25) come into force today – September 19, 2019, including a provision that will increase the default maximum penalty for summary conviction offences from six months imprisonment to two years less a day.

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Class Action Reform in Ontario

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released its long-awaited report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms last Wednesday.

The report is the work of the LCO’s Class Actions Project which was launched back in October 2017, with a mandate “to research class actions in Ontario and to conduct an independent, evidence-based, and practical analysis of class actions from the perspective of their three objectives: access to justice, judicial economy, and deterrence”.  The project represents the first comprehensive review of the province’s Class Proceedings Act, 1992.

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Progress Report: Status of Ontario Bills as of the Summer Recess

Summer is here and while the Great Library remains open—albeit with shortened hours—these hot and sunny months have us thinking (perhaps enviously) of those who break for the season entirely.

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