A person who “appeals” to the Supreme Court wants that court to take another look at a decision made by a lower court, such as the Court of Appeal of Quebec. The person appealing disagrees with the lower court decision. But what is the Supreme Court of Canada? What kinds of cases does it accept? And what kinds of decisions can it make? The Supreme Court of Canada: the Highest Court in the Country The Court is located in Ottawa and has nine... Read more

Did you see the headlines recently? You might have heard about the “Lola” court case and how common-law partners can now get support payments from a former partner. Is this really true? If so, why the change? Flashback to 2009 Back in 2009, Lola lost her court case the first time around: the Superior Court of Quebec decided that common-law couples cannot get support from an ex-partner. To understand what happened in the first case, read “... Read more

Hear the name "Lola" and you might think about a court case about common-law partners who want the same rights as married couples. When it comes to offering protection, the law in Quebec often overlooks common-law partners. For example, unlike married or civil-union spouses: Partners don't automatically inherit from each other. If they break up, common-law partners don't have a right to spousal support or a share of the family property,... Read more

Did you know that once Parliament in Ottawa has approved a federal law, it can still sit on the shelf for years before taking effect? This happens when the law doesn’t have a specific date for “coming into force”, which means to take effect. Laws sitting on the shelf for 10 years can get cancelled in a clean-up that happens every December 31. But how does this work? First Things First: How Do Laws Come Into Force? Once proposed laws are... Read more

Did you know that once Parliament in Ottawa has approved a federal law, it can still sit on the shelf for years before taking effect? This happens when the law doesn’t have a specific date for “coming into force”, which means to take effect. Laws sitting on the shelf for 10 years can get cancelled in a clean-up that happens every December 31. But how does this work? First Things First: How Do Laws Come Into Force? Once proposed laws are... Read more

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