Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Ontario Introduces Apology Law

The Ontario government today announced that it is introducing apology legislation that would allow individuals and organizations, such as hospitals, to apologize for an accident or wrongdoing, without it being used as evidence of liability in a civil legal proceeding under provincial law.

It would apply to civil lawsuits, administrative proceedings and professional discipline matters. The intention is to remove barriers to settlement discussions.

Originally, the idea for such an act came from a private member's bill introduced in the Ontario legislature by Liberal David Orazietti in April 2008 (see the Library Boy post of May 21, 2008 entitled Ontario to Propose Apology Law).

British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, most Australian states and 30 U.S. states have similar laws on their books.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 6:58 pm

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