Saturday, March 31, 2012

Reasonable Doubt: Explanations of Legal Terms and Thoughts on Legal Issues

The Georgia Straight has a regular Friday column, Reasonable Doubt, in which lawyers offer general advice about legal topics. It's worth checking out. Here are a few to check out. Click on the link to read the full article.

Lawyer-client privilege not always clear-cut
Nancy Seto, March 30, 2012

Communications are subject to the privilege when three preconditions are met:
1) it’s a communication between a lawyer and client,
2) which entails the seeking or giving of legal advice, and
3) which is intended to be confidential by the parties. 

There are a number of exceptions.

1) “innocence at stake”
2) “public safety exception”
3) “criminal communications”

Reasonable Doubt: Peace bonds demystified and online surveillance bill criticized
By Nancy Seto,
A peace bond is a court order designed to prevent a person from committing or recommitting a crime that has an aspect of violence (i.e. assault, uttering threats, and criminal harassment). 

Friday, March 30, 2012