FROM ADVOCATEDAILY: Courts have authority to make law


A recent letter to the editor of the Globe & Mail from our own (sometimes opinionated, but always polite) Timothy Sullivan got some attention this week.

From AdvocateDaily:

Judges have the authority to “make law” as a form of correcting Parliament and interpreting the Constitution, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator Timothy N. Sullivanwrites in a letter to the Globe and Mail.

“When courts go too far, Parliament can correct that with legislation and the constitutional override,” writes Sullivan, principal of SullivanLaw. “Conversely, when Parliament steps too far off base, being vague or contrary to the Constitution, courts can correct that with interpretive conventions. Sometimes that means ‘making law.’”

He was responding to another letter writer who said comments from newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Malcolm Rowe, referring to how “judges ordinarily make law, rather than simply applying it,” was an opinion that is both “profoundly undemocratic and deeply disturbing.”

Read the rest on AdvocateDaily.

MEDIA RELEASE: SullivanLaw donates tournament proceeds to CHEO


November 1, 2016 – OTTAWA   SullivanLaw is happy to announce the donation of $525.04 to the Cardiology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO Foundation), raised at their recent SullivanLaw Coach-Pitch Tournament 2016 in Alta Vista in August.

“When we realized that the Scott Tokessy Memorial Gold Glove Tournament couldn’t accept any more teams for their August tournament, we decided to host our own, smaller tournament for the children, so they wouldn’t miss out,” says organizer Timothy N. Sullivan, an Ottawa lawyer and father of baseball-loving kids.  “But we realized it was also a great way to do our bit for CHEO as well.”

Working quickly, the parent volunteers from the South Ottawa Blues were able to pull together their own event, hosting teams from the Orleans and East Nepean Little League organizations.

South Ottawa Blues coach Colin Brearley was happy to be involved. “Friendly tournaments are a great way for the kids to test the skills they’ve learned during the season and get together with friends across the region,” he says. “We really appreciated those parents who organized this great day of baseball.”

SullivanLaw’s sponsorship meant that the fees were kept low for participating teams. “We wanted everyone to be able to participate, even at the last minute. Thanks to the help of the kids and parents, we had $525 left over to donate to CHEO in memory of Scott Tokessy – which meant we were able to do our part in the spirit of the original tournament’s goals.”

All games were played at the Canterbury Community Centre ball fields #1 and #2, 2185 Arch St., Ottawa.

SullivanLaw is an Ottawa-based law firm practicing family law, civil litigation and wills & estates in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.


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