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Limitation Periods and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

This article discussed provincial limitation periods in Ontario (not federal limitation periods) and how many limitation periods were paused due to the covid-19 pandemic. It is generally good practice to move forwards on the basis that limitation periods did not pause, taking any necessary steps on the assumption that limitation periods did not pause. But […]

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How to Draft a Reply

This article is an abbreviated version of a chapter in Civil Litigation D.I.Y., a litigation book on how to value, assemble and settle lawsuits. The book does a deep dive into how to draft a reply. The book and this article are legal information, not legal advice. A reply is not a mandatory pleading. All […]

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How to Draft a Statement of Defence

This article is an abbreviated version of a chapter in Civil Litigation D.I.Y., a litigation book on how to value, assemble and settle lawsuits. The book does a deep dive into the 6 steps outlined below, discussing each of the steps in some detail. The book and this article are legal information, not legal advice. […]

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Top 10 Tips for Pre-Trial Conferences

This list is based on our firm’s extensive pre-trial conference experience both conducting and consulting on pre-trial conferences. Persuasion. The goal of the pre-trial conference is to persuade the Judge to see the case your way and to express a judicial impression to the other parties. Concise. Judges are extremely busy, often with multiple pre-trials, […]

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The Future of Civil Jury Trials in Ontario

On January 1, 2020, the maximum claim for simplified procedure actions (lawsuits) was increased from $100,000 to $200,000. At the same time, the use of Juries in simplified procedure was abolished, with the exception of defamation (libel and slander), malicious arrest, malicious prosecution and false imprisonment cases. Covid-19 has presented massive challenges to Jury trials […]

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Outsourcing Trial Work

Mick Hassell was recently quoted in a Canadian Bar Association article talking about law firms outsourcing, including outsourcing trial work. Mick is quoted as saying Most law firms retain me for trials because they could use someone with more trial experience and/or they are too busy litigating other files. Click here for the full article. […]

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How to Draft a Statement of Claim

This article is an abbreviated version of a chapter in Civil Litigation D.I.Y., a litigation book on how to value, assemble and settle lawsuits. The book does a deep dive into the 6 steps outlined below, discussing each of the steps in some detail. The book and this article are legal information, not legal advice. […]