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

Friday, July 26, 2019 @ 1:36 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Supreme Court of Canada nominee Kasirer says policy-making is for legislators, not judges
Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Nicholas Kasirer says he finds oral advocacy “very useful” in deciding appeals and advises counsel to hone in on what’s most important when making their arguments.

SCC restores ability of courts martial to try serious crimes by military members in Canada
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled 5-2 that military members charged under the National Defence Act (NDA) for serious criminal offences committed in Canada do not have the right to trial by jury — overturning a Court Martial Appeal Court (CMAC) Charter ruling below that would have gutted the court martial system, and jeopardized dozens of current prosecutions, including for sexual assault.

Salmon to be CBA’s first racialized president, will highlight young lawyers during term
Vivene Salmon, the incoming president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), is a young lawyer and the first racialized person to take on the role. She understands the impact a recession can have on a legal career, so she wants to focus her term on young lawyers and encouraging intergenerational dialogue.

Complainants’ stories of intimate image sharing could inform courts, lawyer says
A Toronto lawyer is hoping victims’ stories of having intimate images shared online can be used as supplemental evidence in criminal and civil cases.

Divorce no longer a social taboo
In his column, Steve Benmor writes “There once was a time when divorce was considered shameful. Even the word was whispered quietly from one person to another. Divorce was an embarrassment; it was rare, avoided and considered a failure.”

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