Tag Archives: courts

State Secrets? Obama Invokes Privilege to End Lawsuit

The White House has invoke the state secrets privilege in an attempt to end a lawsuit brought on behalf of an alleged terrorism suspect. The suspect is believed to be targeted for capture or death under a clandestine military program.…

Underfunded Court Systems Can Lead to a Loss of Constitutional Rights

Post by Randall Ryder State judicial systems around the country are becoming overburdened because of inadequate funding. In Georgia, Chief Justice Carol Hunstein is concerned the current system threatens the constitutional rights of civil litigants and criminal defendants. Hunstein views the…

New York Paves an Easier Path for Transgender Name Changes

Two recent decisions, along with countless volunteer lawyers, have made it easier for transgender individuals to change their name in New York. In the first case, the New York appeals court held that individuals seeking name changes are not required…

Back to Basics: ‘It’s not what happened that matters to the court, only what you can prove happened’

I hope that’s an accurate quote.  I tried to remember it exactly as I heard it last week in Hamilton where Justice Harvey Brownstone talked about his book, Tug of War.  While he had a lot of informative and entertaining…

Movement on to ‘hear the child’ in court

Kids need to have views considered in family breakups, activists say By Katherine Dedyna, Times ColonistJune 4, 2009       Lawyer Suzanne Williams, with son Elijah, is with UVic’s International Institute for Child Rights and Development: "This is about…

Scrap juries in ICBC cases, critics say

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Scrap+juries+ICBC+cases+critics/1625192/story.html By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist May 24, 2009  ICBC’s improper disclosure of the personal accident histories of jurors to a Victoria lawyer hired by the auto insurance corporation has raised questions about whether civil juries should continue to decide…