Ensuring access to justice is the greatest challenge to the rule of law in Canada today. As trials become increasingly expensive and protracted, summary trials offer an effective and affordable means of enforcing rights. This week, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench dismissed a preliminary objection to proceeding by summary trial in a breach of contract claim by a First Nations leader who spent decades negotiating and advocating for the creation of the Peerless Trout First Nation. Mark Underhill and co-counsel Bram Rogachevsky represented the plaintiff, whose claim will proceed to a summary trial in September of 2017.
We understand the need to find the right strategy to resolve our clients' disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner, including the use of summary trial procedures where appropriate.
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