Victim of Crime? Obtaining Compensation in Criminal Proceedings

Periodically I am contacted by someone who has been a victim of a criminal offence. As a personal injury lawyer my job is to obtain compensation for the victim for the damages caused by the criminal. In addition to the civil remedies (e.g., filing a lawsuit, questioning the perpetrator at discovery, etc.) there is also a little-used section of the Criminal Code which can be very effective in obtaining at least partial compensation for victims of crime.

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Ontario launches Civil Case Management Pilot – One Judge Model

Litigation cases are taking too long to move through the system. Ontario had to find a way to relieve some of the backlog that has been piling up and straining judicial resources. In 2018, I had the pleasure of participating in a case management pilot planning group chaired by Chief Justice Strathy, that also included members of the judiciary, the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates Society, the Law Society, and others, with the goal of examining support to explore utilizing a one judge model here in Ontario.

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Ontario Government Asking For Public Feedback To Reform Car Insurance

Between now and February 15, 2019, the Ontario government is looking for public feedback about how to reform car insurance in the province. Unfortunately, their focus seems to be exclusively on reducing premiums, rather than ensuring fair benefits for injured people. Like so many governments before them, the fear is that they will try to reduce rates by cutting benefits for accident victims even further, and by making the process to claim benefits even more difficult.

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Christmas Gifts


2018 has flown by and it is already December! Whether or not you have started (or finished?!) your holiday shopping, we hope this gift guide can help you find something for that difficult-to-buy-for person in your life.

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Multple car accident on the highway in the snow.


Annually, we Canadians gear up for our winter experiences, many of which are fraught with danger.  It seems in many years winter is upon us in a flash and we’re just not ready or prepared for what winter has to offer.  We all know what those hazards are but often forget especially at the start of the season.

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Tropical beach with palm trees and ocean.

Tourist Claims for Vacation Injuries

With the warm and sunny days of summer behind us, many Canadians are planning tropical vacations to get a break from the impending harsh winter weather.  Many of these trips will go off without a hitch but, for some, things can go very wrong and serious injuries can occur.  We are often consulted by injury victims upon their return to Canada to determine whether they have a viable claim, or lawsuit, arising from the injury.  The question of whether they can be compensated is complex and involves an entirely different analysis than if the injury had occurred in Ontario.

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Lawyers Making a Difference

Car Seat Clinic Success!

It was a chilly morning outside yesterday for Martin & Hillyer’s first Free Car Seat Clinic but everyone kept warm with hot coffee and some delicious home

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