The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has issued the following new practice direction:
Beginning in February 2018, as a one-year pilot project, all pre-trial conferences for judge-alone trials in the case of new criminal matters will be managed by one of approximately eight judges. A first group of four of these pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the first six months of the year and a second group of four pre-trial judges will be assigned to this project for the second six months of the year. Each new criminal matter proceeding by judge-alone will be assigned to one of these pre-trial judges.
The lastest Criminal eLaw has been published. If you’re not familiar with this resource, it is a publication produced by the Law Society of Manitoba with the latest news on a particular area of law, including digests of recent decisions, relevant changes to legislation, and other interesting commentary. eLaws are produced on Business, Criminal, Family, Labour and Employment, Litigation, Property and Succession, and Practice Management.
Selected contents from the Criminal eLaw:
Text Messages May Be Protected Under s.8 of the Charter: SCC
When homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments, lenders have the option of foreclosure. Judges have leeway to reach a decision that is equitable to the lender as well as sympathetic to the mortgagor. In Winters v. Hunking, the Court of Appeal overturned a default judgment ordering foreclosure.
The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Winters v Hunking, 2017 ONCA 909 provides an example of the court acknowledging that the mortgagor may have been within its strict legal rights to seek foreclosure on the appellant’s home, but finding that “special circumstances” made such a foreclosure unjust in the circumstances.[FN]