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

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 1:18 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Lametti consulting this month with legal experts, public on changes to medical-assistance-in-dying law
As a court-imposed deadline fast approaches, Justice Minister David Lametti is meeting with legal experts and law groups, and surveying the public online, about what they think impending amendments to the medical-assistance in dying (MAiD) law should look like.

Manitoba Justice ‘reviewing’ judges’ criticism of northern bail system
Manitoba’s Justice Ministry will “carefully consider” a call now being made by two judges that an independent review take place into deficiencies and delays plaguing the bail system in the province’s remote north.

Loosening rules for non-lawyers needed for north Saskatchewan: law society president
Relaxing the rules around tasks paralegals and other non-lawyer service providers are barred from performing could be a key to greater access to justice in northern Saskatchewan, says the new president of that province’s law society.

Quebec Justice Ministry’s ‘ambitious’ strategic plan spurs questions
An ambitious strategic plan unveiled by the Quebec Ministry of Justice outlines measures the provincial government expects to implement over the course of the next three years to curb criminal and penal court delays, accelerate the deployment of technologies in the justice system, boost the use of alternative dispute resolution and improve access to justice.

The impact of self representation: Long-term views
In his column, Gary Joseph writes: “Recent studies suggest that almost 50 per cent of litigants in family law matters are self represented. I am told that the number is much greater in civil disputes. Responding to this rise in the number of self-represented individuals, the Canadian Judicial Council has published a Statement of Principles (principles) to guide judges in their dealings with this development.”

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