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Title: adjourned
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If your case is adjourned, it will be finished in court for that day, and will continue on a future date. You will have to come back to court for your next court date.

Title: adjournment
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An adjournment is when your day in court is cancelled and rescheduled for another date. This can happen for many reasons, for example, if you aren’t ready to go to court or the court does not have time to hear your case on a particular day.

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The administration of justice is the process through which the justice system works. It includes the people, activities, and organization of the justice system. It is used to find, investigate, arrest, and try people suspected of committing a criminal offence.

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At an admissibility hearing, the Immigration Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) decides if a person is inadmissible to Canada. The IRB decides this based on whether the person meets the legal requirements for the immigration status they want to get or keep.

An IRB member looks at the evidence and decides whether the person:

  • has the right to enter or remain in Canada, or
  • should be forced to leave.

For example, if a permanent resident is convicted of a serious crime, the IRB can order that they be deported.

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An adoption consent is a document a parent signs that says they agree to place their child for adoption. The document must be signed in front of a lawyer.

If the child being adopted is 7 years or older, they usually also have to agree to their adoption. The child meets with a lawyer from the Office of the Children’s Lawyer before signing a consent.

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Advice counsel are private lawyers or Legal Aid Ontario staff lawyers located in all family courts who give basic information on family law to anyone who wants information. For example, advice counsel can explain legal terms, how to start or respond to a court application, and the court process.

If your income is low enough, advice counsel can also give you legal advice about child custody and access, child support and spousal support, dividing property, divorce, and most other family law matters.

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An affidavit is a sworn statement in writing. The person making the statement must sign it after they swear an oath or promise to tell the truth, just as if they were a witness in a courtroom.

Title: affidavit
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An affidavit is a document where a witness makes statements about facts that they say are true. The document must be sworn in front of an authorized person, such as a lawyer or commissioner of oaths.

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An affidavit is a written statement that someone signs and swears is true. An Affidavit of Execution is made by one of the witnesses to a will.

The witness confirms that the person making the will signed it in front of both of the witnesses who also signed the will.

Title: affirmation
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When a person makes an affirmation, they give a formal promise that a statement is true. An affirmation may be used in place of an oath. For example, an affirmation may be used when a person isn’t able to take an oath because of religious reasons.

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