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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, March 29, 2019 @ 2:38 PM | By Matthew Grace


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Matthew Grace
Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

SCC rules 30- and 90-day detention reviews for accused held on remand are automatic under s. 525 of Code
A unanimous Supreme Court of Canada decision requiring automatic detention reviews after 90 or 30 days for people in remand will have a “massive” and salutary impact on the justice system — resulting in thousands more judicial hearings to review pretrial detention, quicker trials, and fewer accused in custody pending trial, predicts the B.C. defence counsel who won the case.

Better clarity needed on ‘normal course of trade’ in trademark case: lawyer
A lawyer in a trademark case is pledging to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada after the Federal Court of Appeal said profit is not required when a transfer is made of a good in the “normal course of trade.”

N.L. legal aid hopes rebranding will crush stereotypes
Newfoundland’s legal aid lawyers are hoping a clean new logo and crisp tagline will help abolish an image of inferiority and convince clients they are “real lawyers for real people.”

‘Keep up the good fight, kid’: David Scott, 83, championed access to justice
A couple of days before David Scott passed away he called Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) to speak with its executive director, Lynn Burns. His last words to her were, “Keep up the good fight, kid,” said Burns, adding that she hopes his legacy of strong leadership will inspire other lawyers.

Pro bono: It’s in you to give
In his column, Brett Harrison writes: “One of the many issues facing the judicial system is the growing number of unrepresented litigants caused by the cost of legal representation. As stated in the National Self-Represented Litigants Project Report, the number of unrepresented litigants has skyrocketed to more than 70 per cent of lower court civil cases.”

Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.