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

Friday, October 04, 2019 @ 2:08 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Retrial ordered by Ontario Court of Appeal highlights ongoing issues with jury selection process
Just five days after the coming into force of Criminal Code amendments that abolish peremptory challenges of jurors and allow only a judge to determine challenges for cause of prospective jurors, the Ontario Court of Appeal once again highlighted the struggles of trial judges over the jury selection procedure that could be simplified by the changes in Bill C-75.

Decision indicates courts now less patient with ‘overly aggressive approaches’ to condo disputes: lawyer
The Ontario Court of Appeal has sided with a unit owner in her fight to have legal bills assessed after proceedings were brought against her by a condo corporation. Counsel said the decision shows the courts are no longer patient with “overly aggressive approaches to condominium disputes.”

Court rules Quebec’s back-to-work legislation unconstitutional
A Quebec court ruling that declared unconstitutional a special law that forced provincial government lawyers and notaries to put a halt to the longest Canadian strike by public civil servants may give them much needed ammunition to persuade the government to introduce binding arbitration, according to legal experts.

B.C., Alberta law societies formalize rules on trust accounts, disciplinary processes
Benchers of both the Alberta and British Columbia law societies met at the end of September, agreeing to a number of rules changes on financial disclosure and the use of fiduciary property, as well as tweaks to formal disciplinary procedures.

McLachlin memoir a great read but needs more on SCC decision making
In her column, Heather MacIvor writes: “A good memoir inspires its readers to reflect on their own lives — those actually lived, and those that might have been. Truth Be Told: My Journey Through Life and the Law, the new memoir by former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin, does just that.”

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