Archive for 2016

On the Record with Michael Giordano: Trial Preparation

On the Record with Michael Giordano: Trial Preparation

On the Record, Episode 18 is about trial preparation and attention to detail. Mick Hassell interviews Michael Giordano, a personal injury lawyer at Avanessy Giordano LLP. Michael shares a couple of stories from a 3 week personal injury […]

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How to Select a Civil Jury

How to Select a Civil Jury

Through the Ontario Civil Trial Manual, we’ve released some practical recommendations on how to select a civil Jury, such as how to obtain the list of potential Jurors and how to reorganize the […]

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Commercial Arbitration: On the Record with Alex Turner

Commercial Arbitration: On the Record with Alex Turner

On the Record, Episode 17 is about commercial arbitration. Mick Hassell interviews Alex Turner, a litigation lawyer at Bales Beall LLP, whose practice focuses on estate litigation, civil litigation and employment law. Alex’s interview […]

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Evidence Act and Evidence Act Notices

Evidence Act and Evidence Act Notices

If you’re going to trial in Ontario, you need to be aware of the need for and how to complete Evidence Act notices.  These are not standard forms under the Rules […]

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Interprovincial Summonses Act and Moving Witnesses Between Provinces

Through the Ontario Civil Trial Manual, we’ve released a detailed explanation of how to summons not only witnesses within Ontario but also witnesses across provincial boundaries using Ontario’s Interprovincial Summonses Act and […]

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The Road to Trial: a Checklist with Precedents

Through the Ontario Civil Trial Manual, we’ve released an online checklist of key things that need to be done along the road to trial, including precedents for managing witnesses, joint document briefs, […]

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Precedent Questions for Medical Experts to Address Threshold – Part 3 of 3

This is part 3 of a 3 part series on medical evidence to address threshold. Click here for part 1: Questions for Medical Experts to Meet the Threshold Click here […]

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Ensuring Expert Medical Reports Address Threshold Issues – Part 2 of 3

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on medical evidence to address threshold. Click here for part 1: Questions for Medical Experts to Meet the Threshold Click here […]

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Questions for Medical Experts to Meet the Threshold – Part 1 of 3

This is part 1 of a 3 part series on medical evidence to address threshold. Click here for part 1: Questions for Medical Experts to Meet the Threshold Click here […]

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Wrongful Dismissal Overview

Below is an overview of some basic and key issues in employment law and wrongful dismissals. Union vs. Non-Union Union employee rights depend on the collective agreement. Union employees are obliged to […]

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Ryerson LPP Trial Advocacy Workshops

Ryerson’s LPP teaches trial advocacy at a very high level. Recently, I was fortunate to participate as an advisor, assisting LPP candidates with cross-examination skills.  The cross-examination workshop was led by […]

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Lions of the Trial Bar

Lions of the Trial Bar is several years old, but remains an entertaining read for trial war stories and attitudes towards trial practice.  The article looks at a number of famous […]

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On the Record with Justin Anisman

On the Record, Episode 16 is about the expert witnesses and leveraging the Evidence Act. Mick Hassell interviews Justin Anisman, a lawyer at Mason Caplan Dizgun Roti LLP, where his practice focuses on complex litigation files. […]

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How To Amend a Pleading in Superior Court

At a recent trial, I brought a motion to amend the client’s pleading day 1 in the unique situation of needing to update a claim to strictly comply with an […]

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On the Record with Geraldine Castel-Trudel

On the Record, Episode 15 is about the differences in Ontario Courts comparing smaller jurisdictions to larger ones. Mick Hassell interviews Geraldine Castle-Trudel, a criminal defence lawyer who defends cases across Ontario, in Quebec […]

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On the Record with Mitchell Rose, Settlement Counsel

On the Record, Episode 14 is about the role of settlement counsel in litigation. Mick Hassell interviews Mitchell Rose, a mediator, lawyer and settlement counsel.  The interview was conceived as a podcast battle of […]

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Kris Bonn on the record discussing costs awards in civil jury trials

On the Record, Episode 13 is about costs awards in civil jury trials and the challenges created by the Solicitors Act in pursuing costs. Mick Hassell interviews Kris Bonn a personal injury, insurance disputes and criminal defence […]

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On the Record with Scott Pearl and the Charter right to silence

On the Record, Episode 12 is about the right to silence, statements by the accused and voir dires. Mick Hassell interviews Scott Pearl a criminal defence lawyer at Edward H. Royle & Associates. Scott discusses […]

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Cross-Examining Police Officers: Interview with Calvin Barry

On the Record, Episode 11 is about cross-examining Police Officers. Mick Hassell interviews Calvin Barry, an experienced criminal defence lawyer who has conducted over 60 jury trials. Calvin has a wealth of knowledge […]

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On the Record with Chris Bentley

On the Record, Episode 10 is about one of Ontario’s most sophisticated trial advocacy programs. Mick Hassell interviews Chris Bentley who is the Executive Director of Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP). Ryerson’s LPP put […]

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Adam Wagman Interview on Trial Teamwork

On the Record, Episode 9 is about the trial teamwork required for major personal injury trials. Mick Hassell interviews Adam Wagman who is a Senior Partner at Howie Sacks & Henry LLP, one of Canada’s foremost […]

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On the Record with Gary Farb: Litigation & Taking Fruit from a Tree

On the Record, Episode 8 is about a litigation metaphor: taking fruit from a tree. Mick Hassell interviews Gary Farb of Clark Farb Fiksel LLP.  Gary is a commercial litigator and a mediator with decades […]

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On the Record with Trial Lawyer Jack Fireman

On the Record, Episode 7 is an interview about the strategy of trial, in particular the strategy of questions asked and the choreography of the Courtroom. Mick Hassell interviews Jack Fireman who has 50 […]

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Read the Judgment: Interview with Barrister Darryl Singer

On the Record, Episode 6 is an interview about the the justice system and the importance of reading the Court’s decision in order to be able to make informed commentary about the outcome. […]

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Steps in a Superior Court Lawsuit in Ontario

Civil litigation refers to legal disputes between private parties. In a civil action, the plaintiff claims a sum of money from the defendant. In a civil application, the applicant requests […]

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Interview with Trial Lawyer Karen McArthur

On the Record, Episode 5 is an interview about the intangible skills necessary for success at trial and beyond: creativity, confidence and courageousness. Mick Hassell has the honour of interviewing legendary Criminal […]

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Family Law Trial Statistics: 7.33% Likelihood of Trial

Over the past 5 years, an average of  77,537  Ontarians begin family law proceedings each year and since there is an applicant and respondent, that’s an average 155,074 people getting involved […]

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Mick Hassell to speak at CBA / OBA program on Solicitors’ Liens

Peter Carey of Loopstra Nixon LLP and Tanya Walker of Walker Law Professional Corporation are chairing the program on March 1, 2016 from 9 am – 11 am. Mick Hassell will join Charles […]

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The 3 Steps in Every Case and Trial

The 3 Steps in Every Case and Trial

Litigation is a war of information. I don’t intend to over-simplify, but there are 3 steps in every case and trial: Gather information Process information Present information The gathering of information […]

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The Importance of Witness Statements

At trial, documents are generally considered to be accurate and reliable. Conversely, at trial, witnesses are generally considered to be subject to perception, memory and communication problems.  Oral testimony in the […]

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To Be Spoken To Court in Toronto – the unwritten rules

To Be Spoken To Court in Toronto – the unwritten rules

This article is brought to you by the Ontario Civil Trial Manual and outlines what you need to know about To Be Spoken To (TBST) Court in Toronto for civil […]

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