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

Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 1:34 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated for SCC brings strong expertise in class actions, family, civil law
Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer, the former McGill University law dean nominated July 10 for the Supreme Court of Canada, professes a passionate commitment to bijuralism; strong expertise in class actions, family and the civil law; and an approach to judicial lawmaking that encompasses both boldness and caution.

Halfway through 2019, SCC more divided than ever as nine judges fracture in 82 per cent of cases
The Supreme Court of Canada is dividing more on the outcomes and reasons of appeals than ever in recent memory, with a record low 18 per cent unanimity rate so far in 2019, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses.

Group calling for reform to Nova Scotia’s Intestate Succession Act
A group advocating for law reform in Nova Scotia is calling for the province to update its “antiquated” legislation so that common law partners of those who die without a will can inherit what has been left behind.

Researchers to follow legal aid clients for year-long access to justice research project
An advocacy group for justice reform is being given a grant to launch a study in which people will be shadowed to examine the long-term impacts of difficulties in accessing legal help for civil and family disputes.

The special case of liability waivers for minors
In his analysis article, Ryan Morasiewicz writes: “Surprisingly, there does not appear to be any authoritative legal decision, federally or provincially, on the validity of waivers signed by parents/guardians on behalf of minor children.”

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