December 11, 2014
Every now and then, a bit of legal writing needs to be shared. What follows is the opening paragraph in an Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision.
" We have a marvellous legal system in Ontario. Anybody is permitted to walk into a courthouse and commence a civil law suit about anything. The court will patiently provide all of the time and services reasonably (and, sometimes, unreasonably) necessary. The matter may go on interminably (and, usually, does) but our accommodating nature does not abate; our patience persists; we listen, we sit and we listen some more. However, when the law suit ends, the idioms arrive: the chickens come home to roost; the jig is up; the second shoe is about to drop;the cat is out of the bag; the fat lady sings; one sows what one reaps; and, here, so aptly, the cacophonous wail in the background is that of a piper, warming up and waiting to be paid – the sum of $1,316,535.16, to be precise.
 The costs of this action are now to be determined."
The Hearing Clinic (Niagara Falls Inc.) v. 866073 Ontario Limited, et al., 2015 ONSC 1177
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