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Old 06-19-2014, 10:52 AM
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Judgments of Justice Quinn have been posted here on the forum on several occasions, he has a direct and sometimes sarcastic approach to his rulings.

Although addressing the mannerisms of lawyers in his courtroom, I thought the attached memo might be of some benefit to our self-reppers. And, he makes me laugh.

http://www.oba.org/en/pdf/JudgesView.pdf

The linked memo was presented to the Ontario Bar Association in 2012 OBA.org - Home

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Old 06-19-2014, 01:24 PM
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"a legal system without Family Court is like Christianity without Hell". LMAO!

Very interesting article, I will try my best to keep these pointers in mind when I go to trial this fall.
No wonder judges make good money - it must be a very stressful work environment!
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:51 PM
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Thanks for posting. I enjoy Justice Quinn's writing style.

This article should be mandatory reading for all law students IMO.
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My favorite quote is:

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11. Strong language

[57] I am aware that family cases are emotionally charged. However, when in court, avoid strong language. Never refer to the submissions of opposing counsel, for example, as “ridiculous.” Instead, make use of your many years of university education and express your feelings with erudition by saying, “The argument of my friend lacks merit” or, if you are feeling particularly brutal, “The reasoning of my friend (37) is threadbare.” That sounds so much better; and, more in keeping with your $200-$600 per hour fees.

37 - You, no doubt, are aware of the traditional reference to opposing counsel as “my friend.” Do you know when to say, “My learned friend”? Where your opponent is a Queen’s Counsel.
I also enjoyed that he wrote the paper in the same format he writes his decisions in.

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That was excellent!
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Interesting read! Enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing
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This is going to be very helpful...anybody have links to some of Justice Quinn's rulings of family law matters, as mentioned by a poster up thread?
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This is going to be very helpful...anybody have links to some of Justice Quinn's rulings of family law matters, as mentioned by a poster up thread?
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