Lawyers intimidating judges

11 Feb

As the cost of hiring a lawyer soars out of reach, unrepresented litigants are flooding the courts in unprecedented numbers.

While no definitive figures exist, some judges, especially in family law, say it’s over 60 per cent in their courtrooms.

He won a summer job in the New York City offices of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, one of Canada’s leading firms.

The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), which regulates Ontario’s lawyers and paralegals, denied his application to join the profession, based on its ages-old “good character” requirement.The Ontario Court of Justice, housed in a grey building with small slitted windows, could leave any visitor feeling like a tiny speck before the mighty judicial system. A single mother, she filed a lawsuit against her ex seeking child support and sole custody of their two kids. “I don’t make a lot of money,” says the Toronto child-care worker.“But I make too much to get legal aid, and not enough to pay a lawyer.” Augustine was left with little choice but to represent herself.Young, ambitious and intelligent, Ryan Manilla was, by almost all accounts, on the road to becoming a first-rate lawyer.He excelled at Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in the top 10 per cent of his class.