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

Friday, May 03, 2019 @ 3:04 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

StopSOP slate takes majority of lawyer seats in LSO bencher election
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) bencher election results have been released and show that 22 of the 23 StopSOP slate of candidates have been elected, giving them the majority of the lawyer seats represented at Convocation.

Trudeau could make history by appointing first female majority SCC; next judge likely to come from Que. CA
With the impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon, Canada’s avowedly feminist prime minister has a historic opportunity to give women, for the first time, a five-judge majority on the nine-member bench of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ottawa to restore victim surcharge, but judges could waive for ‘undue hardship’ or disproportionality
The Trudeau government plans to restore the victim surcharge the Supreme Court of Canada struck down five months ago — but sentencing judges will be given a new discretion to waive it when imposing the surcharge “would be disproportionate to the gravity of the offence and the degree of responsibility of the offender” or when imposing it would cause the offender “undue hardship,” The Lawyer’s Daily has learned.

Lametti open to ‘good ideas’ from Senate to improve crime, divorce bills, but won’t change MMPs
Justice Minister David Lametti tells The Lawyer’s Daily he is open to “good ideas” from the Senate in the coming weeks to improve his government’s divorce (C-78) and criminal procedure (C-75) bills — major reforms he’s determined to get over the legislative finish line before Parliament’s summer break and a fall election.

Rethinking corporate criminal liability
In his column, Barry Leon writes: “Since the SNC-Lavalin deferred prosecution agreement issue surfaced in the media, along with the assertions that prosecuting the company could harm Canada’s economy, I have been wondering whether our approach to corporate criminal liability should be reconsidered.”

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