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IRP appeal? We win the most

IRP Appeal - We win the most

Each month we count up the winning IRP appeal decisions from RoadSafetyBC to see where we stand. For as far back as we have records, going back now well over 2 years, each month we win the most IRP appeal hearings of any law firm in British Columbia. It's a great track record.[pullquote]It doesn’t matter where you are in British Columbia, if you have an IRP you just need to give us a call.[/pullquote] This week we obtained the statistics for April 2015. We succeeded in more than 5 times as many IRP appeal hearings as the next most successful law...

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Our law office in Victoria

Law Office in Victoria

We’ve opened a law office in Victoria BC. Acumen Law Corporation’s newest office is located in downtown Victoria at 1529 Amelia Street. That puts us 2 minutes from the Victoria courthouse, government offices and the Victoria Police. It’s good location to serve our clients and follow through on some of our plans.[pullquote]Sacha Roudette is now part of the most successful IRP DUI firm in all of BC working at our new Victoria law office.[/pullquote] About a year ago we decided that we needed to increase our presence on Vancouver Island particularly with respect to Immediate Roadside Prohibition defence. As far as...

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More great lawyers

More great lawyers

We've been very worried about steps taken by the BC Government to eliminate justice. As lawyers we find this particularly abhorrent because our justice system is the source of the freedoms we enjoy and the collective understanding we have about the rights of individuals in a democracy.[pullquote]Hard work is simply that, and not every lawyer is capable of doing the work at the level we need while also being creative.[/pullquote] There may be no point in fighting the elimination of justice. Over the last 5 year we've seen similar steps taken by the Conservatives in Ottawa and in a number of...

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Fairness at IRP hearings

Fairness at IRP hearings is nonexistent

At the May 19, 2015, Supreme Court of Canada hearings into the first version of the Immediate Roadside Prohibition scheme, the Government took a position that the RoadSafetyBC tribunal could provide a remedy under section 7 of the Charter of Rights. The lawyer for the Government said that fairness at IRP hearings could be raised before the adjudicators. [pullquote]At our office we don't hang our hat on any Charter argument because we knew of the instructions to their adjudicators.[/pullquote] We've been doing IRP review hearings since the law was introduced and this is the first we've heard of this. In speaking of...

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How it went down: IRPs at the Supreme Court of Canada

IRPs at the Supreme Court of Canada

Seven heavy-duty judges, cameras and a very impressive room filled with lawyers. Kyla was the first to step up and speak to the Court. It was an impressive sight seeing how it went down when we finally got to discuss IRPs at the Supreme Court of Canada.[pullquote]We think the lawyers on both sides made their best efforts before the Court to advance their arguments. Still, we can always imagine a better method of sorting this out.[/pullquote] Our first impression was that we got out the essential points and the Court seemed to understand our concerns with the scheme. The next day...

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Prepared for a big day in IRP history

IRP History

We've arrived in Ottawa. We've got all of our material and argument together. We're prepared for a big day in IRP history. And it will be a big day. Last Friday we received a fax from the registry at the Supreme Court of Canada listing the order of cases and speakers. The Wilson case will be first which means that Kyla is the first one to speak at the Supreme Court of Canada about IRPs. She is allotted 30 minutes. Counsel for the BC Government will speak next and Kyla will be permitted a 5-minute reply. Then the Wilson case will...

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Supreme Court of Canada next week

Supreme Court of Canada to hear Wilson and IRPs

In one week the Wilson case and the Goodwin (Sivia) case will be argued at the Supreme Court of Canada. It's hard to believe what a long road this has been, but here we are. We're at the Supreme Court of Canada next week.[pullquote]For us it's a no-brainer because some officers have told us that there were occasions when they felt they didn't have the right opinion despite the test results.[/pullquote] Our role is exclusive to the Wilson case. When Kyla looked at the BC Court of Appeal decision in Wilson she felt that the Court failed to apply the correct...

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The laws have changed

The laws have changed and you didn't even notice

You wake up one morning and the laws have changed. You realize that the society around you is no longer recognizable to you. The ideas and concepts that you have long considered abhorrent and contrary to the dignity of yourself and your fellow humans have now become the law. The laws have changed. What do you do?[pullquote]Got an IRP and feeling lonely? You're not alone. You're part of a community with a particular common experience and particular insight into the state of justice in our province.[/pullquote] Three years ago we told our readers where things are going in BC. It saddens...

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Steps to eliminate justice

House of cards

It's a disturbing time to be living in Canada. In BC we see that our provincial Government is attempting to undermine the justice system. For political and economic reasons they want to eliminate justice. It's an upsetting trend.[pullquote]No, the actual purpose from what we can see is to stack the deck in favour of the Government because they know that actual lawyers pose the biggest risk to the Government.[/pullquote] We watched in recent years as legal aid has been reduced to such an extent that legal aid lawyers no longer have the resources to put up much resistance to the Government...

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Funny doings in Victoria

Clown

We keep our finger on the pulse of the legislative action in Victoria when it comes to the proposed changes to the Motor Vehicle Act. Mind you, “action” probably isn’t the appropriate term because it suggests a level of intensity that just isn’t there. And "pulse" would suggest that there is one; as though democracy was alive and well and fulfilling the purposes we expect of it.[pullquote]As a member of the opposition you may feel you have no choice but to vote for a bad law because you know your political fate hangs on how you deal with this particular...

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