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

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 3:02 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Supreme Court of Canada hits record low 40% unanimity rate in 2019; many appeals came from Quebec
The Supreme Court of Canada divided on the outcomes of appeals in 60 per cent of the cases it decided in 2019, and spoke with one voice in just one-third of its appeal judgments — a record low unanimity rate in at least 30 years, an analysis by The Lawyer’s Daily discloses.

SCC’s Wagner, Moldaver and Martin key to majorities in 2019 as top court divides in most judgments
Justices Michael Moldaver and Sheilah Martin and Chief Justice Richard Wagner were at the core of most Supreme Court of Canada majorities in 2019, an analysis of the nine judges’ voting patterns by The Lawyer’s Daily reveals.

Judgment shows you can’t hide behind Internet and get away with defamation, lawyers say
An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered nearly a dozen online posters to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages after it was determined they defamed a former pharmaceutical executive and his spouse, despite the fact that they did so anonymously and remain largely unidentified.

Chief Justice Wagner ‘very happy’ Ottawa to table bill aimed at expediting judicial discipline
Justice Minister David Lametti is working on legislation to improve the cumbersome and costly federal judicial discipline process — measures he hopes to introduce before the House of Commons adjourns for the summer in June, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned.

My profession is phenomenal
In her column, Jasmine Daya writes: “It is a privilege to practise law in Ontario. I wake up every morning excited to hit the office. I am proud to serve my clients and exhilarated to not completely know what challenge the day will bring or sometimes what part of the province I may be required to attend. I have fantastic staff, students and associates. I have formed so many incredible friendships with lawyers and other people in the industry that I would have never met if I weren’t practising law.”

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