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  • Criminal convictions and public employmentSeptember 22, 2015

    Public employees are held to a higher standard than employees in the private sector under the Criminal Code. Subsection 750(1) of the Criminal Code states: (1) Where a person is convicted of an indictable offence for which the person is sentenced to imprisonment for two years or more and holds, at t … Read more »

  • Criminal convictions and administrative law: what can’t be consideredJuly 15, 2015

    Tribunals are not permitted to look behind a criminal conviction but a recent decision of the Ontario Divisional Court is a lesson in what adverse inferences a tribunal is NOT permitted to draw from a criminal conviction. A wholesale car dealer was denied an annual license and this decision was appe … Read more »

  • Best Practices for civil trials and relevance for tribunalsJune 25, 2015

    The Advocates’ Society has released a best practices guide for civil trials. It suggests that the guide is adaptable to tribunal proceedings as well. Brian Gover, the chair of the Advocates’ Society task force on civil trials, says that although there were differences of opinion on minor points, the … Read more »

  • The business case for civility in the hearing room, Part 1June 23, 2015

    A recent federal report develops the business case for civility in the workplace. A summary of that report is available here. And a recent report out of the US has highlighted the health costs of incivility. This led me to thinking about the business case for civility in the hearing room. I find tha … Read more »

  • Top Tips for Decision Writers, Part 3June 15, 2015

    This is the third, and final, post of tips for decision writers, based on a recent presentation I did in Ottawa. 15 After writing, put the decision aside for a few days before doing a final review. Fresh eyes will pick up flaws. 16 Get someone to review your decision who has some expertise (legal co … Read more »