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Commissioning Documents

There are still many questions around the obligations of a commissioner for oaths in these times of social distancing. In general, the requirements for administering an oath continue to apply. The Law Society has reached out to the Department of Justice and Public Safety on this issue; however, we have not been provided with any...

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Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act – Submissions Due Monday, April 6, 2020

As noted in our email of April 1, 2020, the House of Assembly has passed the Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act (the “Act”) which can be found online at: https://www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/t04-02.htm We have asked you to advise us and the department responsible of any statute with limitation and/or time periods which should be extended, how...

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Requirements under the Wills Act

Members continue to ask questions about their obligations under the Wills Act – here is some guidance. Without a legislative amendment, the requirements for drafting a valid will under the Wills Act continue to apply. At this time, the Law Society is not aware of any movement on the government’s part to amend the Wills...

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Update – Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act and the Wills Act

We have an update with respect to the status of our recent consultations with the government. Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act The House of Assembly has passed the Temporary Variation of Statutory Deadlines Act (the “Act”) which can be found online at: https://www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/statutes/t04-02.htm While this Act does not amend a limitation period, it does...

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Update Notice

Dear Law Society members, As we collectively deal with the upheaval in our lives wrought by the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to reach out again to assure you that the issues you have brought to our attention have not been overlooked or ignored. We are all committed to ensuring lawyers can continue to provide essential...

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Adjustments to Requesting Legal Clearance from WorkplaceNL

Re: Adjustments to Requesting Legal Clearance from WorkplaceNL WorkplaceNL is using social distancing measures to help proactively slow the spread of COVID-19. We are operating with reduced staff to focus on core services. WorkplaceNL is committed to continued responses to legal clearance requests. Business legal clearance requests To request clearance on a business, use our...

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Consultations with Government

We understand that these are trying times and that there are a myriad of issues arising for which you can find no easy answers. We want to reassure you that we are here and that we are consulting daily with the Minister of Justice and Public Safety and his staff on issues that impact on...

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COVID-19 Updates

As you are all aware, our government is trying very hard to ensure that all citizens of the province adhere to the social distancing/isolation requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This means that everyone, including lawyers, should be working from home, if at all possible. There is a public interest element in continuing...

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COVID-19 Updates

Update from the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador Please find attached an updated notice from the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. The notice addresses the Court’s processes regarding urgent filings, the requirement to have documents witnessed and limitation periods. We have also been advised by the Court that its drop boxes are not...

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NL Labour Relations Board Notice – COVID-19 Operations

Effective March 17, 2020, the Labour Relations Board has been operating on a remote basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was based upon direction from government and it is consistent with protecting the health and safety of our staff, our stakeholders and the general public. All Board staff are working remotely until further notice....

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