Saturday, January 26, 2013

Week 8

Bits and pieces from week 8 of the legal internship.

There is a supermax security prison about 45 mins north of Montreal. From what I've heard, it's the highest-security facility in all of Canada.

How to get things done:
  • > "I need copies from the court file, can you call and ask how soon we can have them?"
  • ... later ...
  • < "Um... they just told me the lady who does the copies has a 2-week backlog, and a rush will get you the copies in 'a couple of days'."

  • > "Well, I'm filing my appeal Monday, so fax them a letter saying you'd like the copies and someone will come tomorrow to pick them up."
Leave of appeal must be submitted in 2 copies at the court, and every party must be served a copy. Which means you'll need: 1 original, 1 court copy, 1 copy for your own files, 1 copy for opposing party, 1 copy for the children's lawyer if the kids have a lawyer.

Printing out 150 pages in 5 copies and putting them together into a court-ready package will take you about 3 hours.

Don't start drafting a letter at 6 PM thinking you'll get it done by 6:30. You won't.

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