Highest Court Encourages Alternatives to Trial

Highest Court Encourages Alternatives to Trial

The Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Hryniak v. Mauldin (2014 S.C.C. 7, [2014] 1 S.C.R. 87) and encouraged alternative solutions to a trial. In her decision, Karakatsanis, J. called for “a shift in culture” (para. 20). She recognized that the adjudication of… Read more

Adding, Substituting and Removing Parties to an Action

Adding, Substituting and Removing Parties to an Action

Stewart v Stewart 2017 BCSC 1532 also dealt with Rule 6-2 (7) that deals with adding, substituting or removing parties to a court action. Rule 6-2(7)(a) provides: (7) At any stage of a proceeding, the court, on application by any person, may, subject to subrules… Read more

Reasonable Cause of Action Must Be Claimed

Reasonable Cause of Action Must Be Claimed

Stewart v Stewart 2017 BCSC 1532 discussed the law relating to the failure to disclose a reasonable cause of action in the notice of claim, which if upheld by the court  can lead to the dismissal of the claim. 52 The legal framework is well… Read more

Conflict of Interest: Disqualifying a Lawyer

Conflict of Interest: Disqualifying a Lawyer

Stewart v Stewart 2016 BCSC 2256 dismissed an application to have an acting lawyer disqualified as counsel for having a conflict of interest. The court set out the criteria for such an application. The two questions to be asked in determining whether there is a… Read more

Amending Pleadings

Amending Pleadings

The Law regarding Amending pleadings was discussed in Director of Civil Forfeiture v Sanghera 2017 BCSC 863 where the director applied to amend the notice of claim which was opposed by the defendant. [18]         Mr. Justice Davies clearly set out the law regarding amendments and… Read more

Converting a Petition to an Action

Converting a Petition to an Action

Kent v Kent 2017 BCSC 1392 discussed converting a Petition to an Action when a court action has been commenced by a Petition and becomes mired in the litigation process, usually due to disputed facts, and requires the petition process to be converted to an… Read more

Re-Opening a Trial: New Evidence

Re-Opening a Trial: New Evidence

Lambert v Peachman 2017 ONSC 4270 outlined the law relating to what is necessary in the form of new evidence to re-open a trial. Analysis 26      The principles and authority to re-open evidence of a trial are well established and noted by the Supreme Court… Read more

Summary of Special Costs Awarded by the Court

Summary of Special Costs

When one litigant is ordered to pay all or most of the other  litigants legal fees it is an award of special costs, and Siemens v Howard 2017 BCSC 1193 is a good summary of when the court will award special costs. The single standard… Read more

Is it a Petition or Notice of Claim?

Petition or Notice of Claim?

Litigators must choose the appropriate forum to commence a court action: a petition or notice of claim. Most cases are commenced by the use of a notice of claim while certain types of cases may or must be commenced by petition. Carphin v Braich Estate… Read more

Understanding Inherent Jurisdiction of the Court

Inherent Jurisdiction of the Court

Mayer v Rubin 2017 ONSC 3498 dealt with the inherent jurisdiction of the court to supervise the management of estates, control its processes and protect those who cannot fend for themselves.  26      The court has broad and inherent powers to supervise the management of estates… Read more

Entering into Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreements

Probably every litigator has had the experience of having entered into a settlement agreement only to have the opposing party attempt to repudiate the settlement agreement resulting in a court application to determine if the agreement is valid and enforceable or if it was successfully… Read more

Exclusion of a Party at Trial or Discovery

Exclusion of a Party at Trial or Discovery

Generally speaking a party to an action has the right to attend the entire trial or the examinations for discovery of other parties to the action and exclusion of a party is an uncommon event, but appropriate in some circumstances. The BC Court of Appeal case Sisson… Read more

Vexatious Litigant Enjoined From Further Court Actions

Vexatious Litigant Enjoined From Further Court Actions

A particularly frivolous and vexatious claim commenced by ” God, Prince Kitsilano, Skidegate-Sterritt Family, in James Sterritt and Marya Watson , on behalf of all Indians and Muslims was struck and the litigant barred from commencing further court actions without leave of the Supreme Court…. Read more

costs against lawyers

Personal Court Costs Against Lawyers

C.A.S. of the R.M.of W. v C.T.and J.B. 2017 ONSC 318 awarded personal court costs of $100,000 against a lawyer for her role in a custody battle involved in the Children’s Aid Society. The court found that the lawyer’s tactics and strategy had caused an… Read more

Appointing and Removing a Litigation Guardian

Appointing and Removing a Litigation Guardian

Under Supreme Court Rule 20 – 2 (2) a proceeding brought by or against a person under a legal disability must be started or defended by his or her litigation Guardian. A person is typically under a legal disability when under the age of 19… Read more