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Saba Ahmad is a Litigator working on environmental, administrative and commercial matters in Toronto. Learn more at www.sabaahmad.com

Rant on Court Filings #cdnlaw #cdnlegal

I am ranting about an obscure topic here.  It will probably only resonate with litigators.  And probably only junior litigators and sole practitioners. It’s about having your materials rejected at … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Courtrooms in India #cdnlaw #litigation

While vacationing in India last year, I observed a criminal proceeding in New Delhi. My tour guide considered my request for a tour of the court akin to a request … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Thoughts on Sammy Yatim #topoli #onpoli

When I was in law school, we learned that disproportionate responses were bad.  We learned about it in Criminal Law, when self-defence was claimed.  Was the defendant really in imminent … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · 26 Comments

Citation Styles Affect Writing Styles #cdnlaw #litigation

I has been six years since I moved back to Canada after having lived in the U.S. for over a decade.  I learned how to be a lawyer in New … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Neighbours and Driveway Disputes #toronto #cdnlaw #litigation

There’s a lovely stretch of houses in my neighbourhood along Glenlake Road, but my heart sinks whenever I pass by the neighbours at 100 and 104. Before I read about … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Expecting Manners in Law #law #cdnlaw #litigation

I have long been a fan of Miss Manners.   In a recent article of hers, she clarified that a first year law student should not scold her  professor – especially … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fouldis v. Ford Decision in ORs today #cdnlegal #topoli #onpoli #litigation

The Fouldis v. Ford libel decision was published today in the ORs.  Justice MacDonald dismissed the complaint, finding there was insufficient evidence to link Mr. Fouldis to Tuggs Inc. – … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Video Taping an Examination #CDNlegal #litigation

Interesting decision in the ORs today.  In J.M. v. Clouthier et al., 2013 ONSC 221, Hennessy J. allowed a motion to videotape a defendant‘s examination for discovery for potential use … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Divided Case Law – Are Duties to Negotiate in Good Faith Unenforceable? #CDNLaw #litigation #onca

Provisions requiring parties to negotiate in good faith are pervasive.  But Justice Pattillo of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently ruled that requirements to negotiate in good faith – … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

We Need Government-to-Government Relations to Address Ontario-First Nations Dysfunction: Inquiry Report #idlenomore

The relationship between Ontario’s justice system and Aboriginal peoples in this province is dysfunctional, according to the Honourable Frank Iacobucci in his report released late last month:  First Nations Representation … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

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