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Lands Act Review

The Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs is conducting a review of the current Lands Act and its service delivery model. 

For information on the Review, including the schedule of public consultations taking place throughout the province from March 19 to April 7, 2015, please visit the Department of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs website at www.miga.gov.nl.ca/lands/lands_act.html .

For information on the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador meeting on the Lands Act Review, please visit: www.lawsociety.nf.ca/event/review-lands-act-meeting/

Call for Nominations for Standing Committees

The CBA is currently seeking candidates for its National Standing Committees. All CBA members are eligible to apply for positions on the following committees:

  • Access to Justice
  • Awards
  • Communications
  • Equality
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • International Initiatives 
  • Judicial Compensation & Benefits
  • Legal Aid Liaison
  • Legislation and Law Reform 
  • Professional Development
  • Resolutions, Constitution and Bylaws
  • Supreme Court of Canada Liaison

For further details on the mandate and time commitment for each committee, see www.cba.org/CBA/groups/committees/  

For information and an application form, see www.cba.org/CBA/groups/committees/getinvolved.aspx or contact the NL Branch at cba-nl@cba.org.

The deadline for applications is April 15, 2015.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

CBA-NL/CBIA Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch
Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm 
Location: Johnson Geo Centre, 175 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s
RSVP: CBA-NL members may R.S.V.P. by email at cba-nl@cba.org or by phone at (709) 579-5783.

CBA Tools and Resources

Pandemics and the Workplace: A Resource for Lawyers

Be ready to advise your clients during the next pandemic. The Pandemics and the Workplace e-resource for lawyers of employers, unions and employees is your go-to guide. This resource compiles laws, cases and best practices for various workplace settings.

Click to view: Pandemics and the Workplace - A Resource for Lawyers. Please note this e-resource is available to CBA members only, member login is required.

CBA Legal Health Checks

An important part of improving access to justice is to ensure people have the information and tools they need to avoid legal problems in the first place, or to prevent those problems from becoming bigger than they might have been. As part of the CBA’s Reaching Equal Justice initiative, CBA is offering 6 Legal Health Checks for the public:

5 steps to legal wellness – speaks to the reasons why smaller legal problems can snowball into much larger and more complex problems, particularly for already vulnerable people
On your own - youth – provides quick information on topics especially of interest to youth, with ways to find out more
Avoid surprises – builds awareness about the times when getting legal advice at an early stage can save money and aggravation later
Breaking up – encourages separating couples to reduce costs and stress by taking a reasoned approach
Breaking up: parenting – encourages separating couples to consider the impact of their next steps on their children, and
Before you buy – alerts home buyers to questions they should be able to answer before they sign.
The goal of the Checks is to encourage people to recognize legal problems early, and to take action when they do identify them.  For lawyers, these materials are a way to start conversations with people about the law, how to get legal help and how to work effectively with a lawyer.
For more information, please contact equaljustice@cba.org.

New Resource for Family Lawyers!
Tax Matters Toolkit: The CBA Family Law Section has collaborated with Justice Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency and Finance Canada to develop the Tax Matters Toolkit. The Toolkit will help family law lawyers and their clients understand how tax rules might affect their future finances on separation or divorce. It explains the various credits, benefits and deductions, and will help you navigate and apply the often complex tax laws to the particular circumstances of your clients.
Tax Matters Toolkit: information to provide to your clients
Tax Matters Toolkit: for lawyers

For more information, please visit: http://www.cba.org/CBA/sections_family/main/

News Releases

November 6, 2014: CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch welcomes the planning of a new court complex in St. John’s
October 10, 2014: CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch welcomes the renaming of the Department of Public Safety
October 2013: 
Over $8.8 Million to be refunded to CBIA customers! 

May 3, 2013: CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch 2013 Award Recipients
April 13, 2013: 
CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch addresses the provincial government’s review of cuts to justice in the 2013 provincial budget
April 3, 2013: 
CBA- Newfoundland and Labrador Branch opposes cuts to justice in the 2013 provincial budget

Practice Notes

NEW: December 10, 2014: Consent Applications for Postponement of Proceedings

Requests for the Use of Specialized Equipment to be used in the Courtroom

Video Link to Her Majesty’s Penitentiary

Specialty Court Application Process

Consent Applications for a Witness to Appear via Video Link

Pre-sentence Reports

Provincial Airlines Limited Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier Partnership

Enjoy an exclusive discount every time you travel with Provincial Airlines Limited.
The Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland & Labrador Branch is pleased to partner with
Provincial Airlines Limited (PAL) as the official Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier for air travel within Newfoundland and Labrador. The CBA-Newfoundland and Labrador Branch is confident that this new membership benefit will be of value to you and your practice.

As part of the new partnership,
Provincial Airlines Limited will be offering CBA-Newfoundland and Labrador Branch members preferential discount rates. The Branch has developed this Exclusive Provincial Preferred Supplier agreement with tailored savings to enhance members’ professional and personal bottom lines.

To find out how to obtain CBA-NL Branch member discounts with Provincial Airlines, please contact the CBA Branch office at (709) 579-5783 or email cba-nl@cba.org.

CBA-NL Sections

In order to keep our records up to date and to ensure that you receive notices and correspondence tailored to your practice and/or interest areas, please take a moment to complete the
Section Registration Form.

Newfoundland and Labrador Sections represent 30 groups of CBA-NL Branch members, organized according to specific areas of law. Sections are the CBA's greatest resource for:

• Expertise in specific areas of law and matters relating to the objectives of the Association;
• CBA initiatives addressing matters of concern to the legal profession;
• Professional Development services.
How to enroll in CBA-NL Sections:

• You must be a CBA member in good standing to become a Section member and to attend Section meetings and Professional Development Luncheons. Registration 
in a CBA-NL Branch Section automatically provides free membership in the National Section counterpart;

• There is no limit to the number of Sections you choose and section registration is free.

To learn more about the work and resources of the National CBA Sections please visit the CBA website at

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