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Thursday, October 17, 2013

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In this issue:
New Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices in Court of Appeal Courtrooms
Introduction to the Social Security Tribunal: Webex Sessions for Representatives
Magna Carta Exhibition
Administration of Estates Act - Final Report

New Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices in Court of Appeal Courtrooms

Effective October 28, 2013, the Court of Appeal will adopt a new policy on the use of electronic devices in courtrooms.

Under the policy, lawyers and accredited media members are permitted to use electronic devices in courtrooms, subject to certain restrictions. Accredited media members are specifically permitted to audio record court proceedings for note verification purposes. Members of the public continue to be prohibited from using electronic devices in courtrooms.

Read the policy for full details.


Introduction to the Social Security Tribunal: Webex Sessions for Representatives

On April 1, 2013, the Social Security Tribunal, established to hear Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security appeals, began its operations. Webex sessions are provided from time to time, in both official languages, by a lawyer from the Tribunal’s Legal Services and a person from the Tribunal’s Operations. These sessions offer information on the appeal system (before and after April 1, 2013), the possible judicial reviews from the decisions of the Appeal Division, the most important legislative and regulatory changes as well as the most important new operational requirements.

To participate, please contact Denyse Leach or by telephone at (613) 957-9519. Instructions on connecting to the session will be provided upon confirmation of attendance. Thank you.


Magna Carta Exhibition

Plans for commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the issuance of Magna Carta in 2015 are well underway in the United Kingdom, the United States and, now, here in Canada.

Magna Carta Canada is a not-for-profit organization established to bring to life a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to highlight the importance and relevance of Magna Carta to the people of Canada. They endeavor to showcase an original copy of Magna Carta, and an original copy of its companion document the Charter of the Forest, as part of a six month, four city, touring exhibition. The cross-country exhibition is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 1, 2015 in Ottawa, followed by stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Toronto.

At this time, Magna Carta Canada is in the process of raising the funds necessary to create and mount an exhibition worthy of these iconic documents. It is their hope that this exhibition will be enthusiastically embraced by the Canadian legal community. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or in becoming involved as a volunteer of Magna Carta Canada, you may contact the Chair of Magna Carta Canada, Len Rodness.


Administration of Estates Act - Final Report

The Alberta Law Reform Institute has just published its report that makes a number of recommendations for reform of the Administration of Estates Act.

The Report clarifies the the roles of the estate representative, beneficiaries and the court. It will also outline the primary responsibilities of the estate representative. The objective of these reforms is to create clear, rational and accessible legislation that will provide guidance to estate representatives who are responsible for administering an estate.

Final Report 102 - Estate Administration is available for download here.


Land Titles - Results Based Budgeting Review

The Law Society of Alberta, upon request from Service Alberta, has submitted a report in response to the Results Based Budgeting Review of the Alberta Land Titles system. Read the report here.


Attention: Family Law Bar

Please review this draft Practice Note 2 and provide your comments and/or suggestions to: Peggy Kobly, Legal Counsel.


Sexual Minorities in the Legal Profession Survey

If you have an LL.B./B.C.L./J.D. degree or equivalent degree from a Canadian or foreign university, AND self-identify as a member of a sexual minority --- then please read on.

A Queen’s University research project, working with the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference of the Canadian Bar Association, is looking for participants to complete a confidential online survey.
Please complete the survey by Oct. 21, 2013.
If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please feel free to contact Dr. Audrey Kobayashi, Principal Investigator. Any ethical concerns about the study may be directed to the Chair of the General Research Ethics Board.


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