Appeals Court Calls Opinions Copied From Lawyers’ Briefs Mystery Rulings, Tells Judge to Try Again

Saying that a Canadian judge’s wholesale copying from lawyers’ briefs made it impossible to determine the jurist’s rulings and reasoning process, an appellate court has told him to try again. Although Justice Donald Lee of Court of Queen’s Bench called the retyped paragraphs his Reasons for Judgment in the two related opinions last year, “every one of the paragraphs in the reasons was extracted essentially verbatim, from the chambers briefs,” wrote the Alberta Court of Appeal panel. “There is no independent authorship. Even spelling mistakes in the briefs are faithfully carried forward.” The rulings involved a decade-long legal battle between…

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Appeals Court Calls Opinions Copied From Lawyers’ Briefs Mystery Rulings, Tells Judge to Try Again