The Sixteenth Annual Straight from the Bench Conference: Southwest Regional Update 2021; Case comment: Sherman Estate v. Donovan, 2021 SCC 25 | CPDonline.ca

The Sixteenth Annual Straight from the Bench Conference: Southwest Regional Update 2021; Case comment: Sherman Estate v. Donovan, 2021 SCC 25

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Credits
Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
20 minutes
Substantive: 0.25
15 minutes
Published
2021
Presenter(s)
Jennifer Butkus
Bruce G. Thomas
Source
Middlesex Law Association
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
35 minutes
Price
$79.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Regional Senior Justice Thomas delivered a Southwest Regional Update which, as always, was comprehensive and informative, including the complement of judges, the increase in matters in 2021 compared to 2020, the status of civil litigation trials, and more. This will be primarily of interest for anyone practising in the southwest region – London, Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia, Stratford, Goderich and St. Thomas.

An overview of the Supreme Court’s analysis in Sherman Estate v Donovan, which focuses on the court’s redefinition of the test to be met for a party seeking a confidentiality order, as previously established in Sierra Club, and its decision as to whether the interest of privacy could amount to a public interest sufficient to justify a limit on public access to a court proceeding or file. 

Presenters

Jennifer Butkus

Regional Senior Justice Bruce G. Thomas

Justice Bruce G. Thomas was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in 1999 and subsequently to the Superior Court of Justice in 2008. Throughout his judicial career, Justice Thomas has dedicated himself to courts administration. While a member of the provincial court, he served as Regional Senior Judge for the West Region. Since joining the Superior Court of Justice, he served as the local administrative judge in Windsor, Chatham, Sarnia and was appointed Regional Senior Justice in 2017.   A graduate of the University of Western Ontario (B.A., 1976) and the University of Windsor (LL.B., 1979), Justice Thomas practised with McGuire, McFarlane & Thomas prior to his appointment to the bench. His practice included criminal law, family law, and civil litigation.

Justice Thomas has been active in continuing education. He was the criminal law education chair for the provincial court, and he has taught extensively across Canada in the programming of the National Judicial Institute.

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