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

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 1:35 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Judicial vacancies doubled around election; ‘chronic’ judge shortage wreaks ‘havoc’ say bench, bar
Justice Minister David Lametti is poised to start filling the backlog of superior court vacancies that more than doubled around last fall’s federal election,The Lawyer’s Daily has learned.

Access to Justice: Rise Legal Centre: Bridging the gap for women
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “Happy new year to all of you. I am pleased to use my first column of the new decade to begin a periodic series showcasing access to justice in action across Canada. This column is an important way to bring attention to critical issues and an opportunity to highlight the impact that so many of you are having in responding to the access to justice crisis.”

Discrimination still an issue, LSO treasurer says in wake of bencher’s critical review
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) strategies for addressing systemic racism in the legal professions are under scrutiny after bencher Murray Klippenstein released a critical review of the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees: Final Report (Challenges report). The Challenges report helped inspire the regulator to take action against discrimination.

Quebec tax agency can’t invoke Crown interests in access to information matters: commission
Quebec’s Access to Information Commission held that Revenu Quebec cannot invoke “Crown priority” in access to information matters, handing a legal victory to a produce retailer targeted by the provincial tax authorities.

Ottawa reintroduces measures for CBSA/RCMP external review
The Liberal federal government has introduced legislation to revamp the RCMP’s public complaints body to encompass external review of the conduct of federal customs agents.

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