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Archive for 2017

Toronto Trial Sittings Project a Huge Success

Despite a massive caseload, the Toronto Region of the Superior Court ran a hugely successful trial sittings this fall for personal injury trials. Historically, personal injury start dates were scattered […]

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An Overview of the Juries Act

An Overview of the Juries Act

Fall civil trial sittings are about to get underway in several jurisdictions across Ontario.  This is a time of year when the Juries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. J.3 comes into play. […]

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Personal Injury Trials and Witnesses

Personal Injury Trials and Witnesses

Who the witnesses will be is surprisingly one of the most often overlooked issues until late in the course of litigation, usually when a pre-trial conference memorandum requires a list […]

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Civil Trial Trends Summer 2017

The number of civil trials is on the rise. However, the resistance to civil trials is stronger than ever.  Most cases settle.  The % of cases settling is anticipated to […]

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Small Claims Court Overview & Useful Links

While Hassell Trial Counsel’s focus is on Superior Court civil and commercial trials, we get questions about Small Claims Court trials.  Here’s an overview of the Small Claims Court process […]

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Trial Scheduling Court

What are the purposes of trial scheduling Court and what does counsel need to do to prepare for trial scheduling Court? Purpose of Trial Scheduling Court The main purposes of […]

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Toronto Trial Sittings Project

Toronto Trial Sittings Project

If you conduct personal injury trials in Toronto and surrounding communities, the Toronto Sittings Project is of great interest. Announced May 15, 2017, Toronto is experimenting with personal injury trial sittings for […]

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Civil Practice Court

Civil Practice Court was introduced to replace Motions Scheduling Court in Toronto.  It’s main function is to institute a gatekeeping Judge for long and/or complex motions and applications before a […]

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New Rule for Toronto Actions: Mediation before Trial Set Down

New Rule for Toronto Actions: Mediation before Trial Set Down

Mediation is mandatory for Toronto actions. Of course, “mandatory mediation” is an oxymoron because mediation is supposed to be a voluntary process. Prior to May 1, 2017, a party could […]

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On the Record with Brian Cameron: Juries & Advertising

On the Record with Brian Cameron: Juries & Advertising

On the Record, Episode 19 is about Juries. Mick Hassell interviews Brian Cameron, a personal injury lawyer at Oatley Vigmond. Over half of Superior Court trials are Jury trials and MVAs make up a large […]

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Superior Court Bankruptcy & Insolvency Statistics

Superior Court Bankruptcy & Insolvency Statistics

Bankruptcy ends more litigation and trials than it creates.  In fact, bankruptcy should be considered as a possible defence in every case. Here are some Ontario Superior Court of Justice […]

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Litigation Portfolio Management

Litigation Portfolio Management

The concept of litigation portfolio management involves a lawyer or law firm viewing a group of litigation cases as a whole as opposed to considering cases one by one. Doing so means the lawyer […]

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Lawyer Considerations for MVA Trials

Lawyer Considerations for MVA Trials

Are you thinking about sending an MVA case to trial? Make sure you’ve considered the following: Client Likeability Credibility Risk tolerance and costs insurance Opposition Insurance company Law firm Lawyer Liability […]

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Jury Trials On The Rise Across Ontario

Jury Trials On The Rise Across Ontario

Jury trials and MVA trials are on the rise across Ontario. Here are some highlights: Increase in trials overall Last year, there were 2,740 trials in Superior Court 5 years […]

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A Chronology for Trial Preparation

A Chronology for Trial Preparation

We read a lot about trials over here and recently stumbled upon a goldmine of advocacy and trial resources, including in podcast format. John Hollander runs The Advocacy Club based […]

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Mick Hassell to Present at the Ontario Paralegal Association on Trial Advocacy and Cross-Examination

Mick Hassell to Present at the Ontario Paralegal Association on Trial Advocacy and Cross-Examination

Mick looks forward to presenting to the Ontario Paralegal Association (OPA) at their first memberships meeting of 2017 on January 28, 2017. He will touch on two of his favourite […]

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