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WHO WE ARE

The Law Commission of Ontario is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. The LCO provides independent, balanced and authoritative advice on complex legal policy issues. Our work promotes access to justice and contributes to public debate.

Current Projects

Digital Rights

The influence of technology is pervasive; it is spreading to new areas of the private and public sectors, shaping lives like never before, and raising serious questions about access to justice. From these and other examples the LCO has begun to identify specific areas where there is evident need for sophisticated, thoughtful legal analysis in the Ontario context.

Indigenous Engagement – Last Stages of Life

The LCO is now preparing to establish a distinct engagement process to identify and hear about Indigenous laws and experiences in the last stages of life. This will take place in early 2019. This distinct Indigenous engagement process extends general LSL consultations conducted from June 2017 – May 2018.

Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms

The LCO’s Final Report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms is the first independent, evidence-based and comprehensive review of class actions in Ontario since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The Final Report makes 47 recommendations to reform the CPA and related policies in a broad range of areas.

Defamation Law in the Internet Age

The LCO’s project is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s defamation law framework to date. The project is examining the underlying purpose and function of defamation law and how defamation law should be updated to account for “internet speech,” including social media, blogs, internet platforms and digital media.

Last Stages of Life

Last Stages of Life project considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them.

News

LCO presenting at CIAJ Conference

October 10th, 2019|

LCO’s Executive Director Nye Thomas and Dr. Sue Gratton, will be presenting at the CIAJ’s national conference on October 16-18th in Quebec. Nye is giving the opening remarks and will discuss “Algorithms in the Justice [...]

Class Actions Final Report in the media

July 24th, 2019|

Since the release of the Class Actions Final Report on Wednesday, July 17, 2019,  various media outlets have discussed the report further and interviewed LCO staff and Principal Researcher Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic. See below to [...]

 

 

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