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Access to Justice in Newfoundland and Labrador
Stakeholder Roundtable
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
St. John’s
Professional Development Session: Personal Property Security Act (PPSA)
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
St. John's

NEW! Call for Nominations 2015-16

CBA-NL Positions Available for Election 
The Canadian Bar Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Branch offers a full range of Sections, Committees and Executive Committee positions for members to become active in the CBA. 
Before the Annual General Meeting of Council, held in July, the Branch puts out a call for volunteers to fill various roles with the Branch. Branch operations would not be possible without volunteers like you. 
Please see the listing of available positions, position descriptions, information on the nomination and election process, and the nomination form.
Nomination forms must be received by 5pm on Monday, June 15.

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 12 Legal Health Checks for the public:

Breaking up: without court – Family separation is difficult. You may be able to come to an agreement on parenting, support and property outside the courtroom, at less cost, stress and conflict, and with a solution that’s right for your family.
Spousal support – When a relationship ends, economic responsibilities for your spouse may not. This checklist offers issues to keep in mind about spousal support.
Non-unionized employees – This card offers a checklist of issues to keep in mind when working as a non-unionized employee. 
Common law property – At the end of a live-in relationship, there may be rights and responsibilities between spouses, even if you are not married. 
Hiring for your small business– Operating a small business is exciting. This checklist offers issues to keep in mind when hiring. It can help you protect your interests, prevent problems and avoid costly mistakes.
Preparing a will – A will lets you make decisions that will be carried out after your death. If you die without a will, the laws of your province or territory will determine what happens to your assets. This checklist offers issues to keep in mind when preparing or updating your will.
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.
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.

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.

To learn more about the work and resources of the National CBA Sections please visit the CBA website at http://www.cba.org/CBA/Sections/nsc/.

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