Month: February 2020

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Ninety

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of an extremely unusual criminal response to the coronavirus outbreak. Then, we look at one way to get stung after a DUI crash. Finally, we examine just how far distracted driving can go in a very unusual case.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe. …

Kyla Lee on CBC News

Kyla Lee was interviewed on CBC News to discuss yet another distracted driving ticket that was overturned and to clarify the rules on what constitutes distracted driving.

Watch here.

Kyla on Global News: B.C.’s distracted driving law could be adjusted after another ticket tossed out by court

The latest distracted driving ticket to get tossed out by a B.C. judge could lead to adjustments to the law itself, the province’s public safety minister says.

In the meantime, Kyla Lee, a defence lawyer who specializes in traffic cases, says the new ruling sets a precedent that can be cited in future cases.

“Anybody who’s received a ticket for having their phone in their lap should be looking at disputing that ticket,” she said.

“If you’ve been convicted, you ought to appeal.”

Watch the news story here.

BC Court Rules Having Phone on Lap not Against the Law

having phone on lap is not distracted driving

In a recent decision from traffic court, the BC Provincial Court has provided further clarity to the seemingly-endless grey area that is the distracted driving laws in British Columbia.

In this case, Ms. Wylie was seen driving with her phone plugged and sitting on her lap. The screen was not illuminated and she was not touching the device. The officer who ticketed her argued that simply having a phone resting on or near her lap was using it. Ms. Wylie testified that the phone was next to her leg and was charging.

You can find the judgment here.

Kyla on Radio NL: Lawyer Happy that BC Law Society is Removing ‘Mental Fitness’ Questions from Applications

The Law Society of BC is no longer going to be asking applicants about their “mental fitness”.

Acumen Law’s Kyla Lee applauds the move saying these questions are unnecessary. “We have a process already designed to identify people who aren’t capable of being lawyers, that’s why we have articling. People who want to be lawyers have to work under the direct supervision of another lawyer for at least one year before they can be called and admitted to the bar. And that lawyer has to sign off on their fitness to practice law.”

Read more here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume Eighty Nine

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we travel the globe for some truly strange legal stories.

First, we look at a case out of Congo with some very unusual allegations of criminal activity. Then, we find out how some people are revolting against the use of photo radar in Toronto. And finally, we land in Florida where we look at a Florida man, er, lawyer who appears to think that he is above the rules that apply to trust accounting.  

Follow the jump and read more about this week’s weirdest legal cases. 

Kyla on the Jeff Andreas Show

Kyla joins the Jeff Andreas Show to discuss possible new training for judges when it comes to Sexual assault cases as well as the removal of medical fitness questions in the Law Society of BC admission application.

Listen here.

What’s Missing in Federal Government Sexual Assault Training Bill

The Liberal government has recently introduced a bill that would require all federally-appointed judges to undergo training for sexual assault cases. This is a laudable goal, but it is not one that achieves the desired purpose in a well-planned way.

What Bill C-5 purports to do is protect the rights of survivors of sexual assault to have a fair proceeding that is not perpetuated by myths about sexual assault survivors. This stems, most likely, from some high-profile incidents including Judge Robin Camp who asked a complainant in a sexual assault case why she didn’t just keep her knees together,  or the experience of the complainants in the Jian Ghomeshi prosecution. …

Kyla on CKNW Programming Full show: Anorexia, emotional abuse, & weight loss

Welcome to the Sunday Night Health Show podcast! Tonight, we chat with lawyer from Acumen Law, Kyla Lee. Not about law though, but about mental health, specifically anorexia. We also have another Biodiet checkup with Dr. David G. Harper – maybe I didn’t have an oscar-worthy performance but it’s not the end of the world! We also have a conversation about emotional abuse – some signs to look out for. Finally, Ella Dreyshner, a life skills and weight loss coach, joins us to chat about how she helps women lose weight.

Listen here.

Kyla on The Jill Bennett Show

The BC Law Society will no longer ask questions about medical fitness – specifically, mental health

Listen here.

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