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

Friday, March 06, 2020 @ 3:38 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Federal Court slams prosecution’s bid to force military judges to preside over Dutil court martial
The Federal Court has rejected a bid by Canadian Armed Forces prosecutors to compel a member of the military bench to preside over Chief Military Judge Mario Dutil’s court martial despite the military judges’ conflicts of interests.

‘High bar’ to have civil jury verdict overturned, but not impossible: lawyer
An Appeal Court’s overturning of a jury verdict in a civil case may be rare, but it remains a possibility for clients wanting to challenge an “unfavourable” outcome, says a lawyer after a fraud victim was ordered to repay a bank loan when it was found she had been unjustly enriched by the money.

Canadian Judicial Council ‘urges’ Ottawa to apply pension accrual freeze to embattled judge
A disagreement has emerged between the Canadian Judicial Council and the federal government over whether legislation coming down the pipe should apply to potentially freeze the pension accrual of sidelined Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard, who is fighting in court the CJC’s recommendation that he be removed from office for misconduct.

SCC opens door to foreigners suing here for Canadian companies’ human rights violations abroad
In a public international law decision that breaks new ground nationally and internationally, a divided Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that three Eritreans who claim they were abused and forced to work at a Canadian-owned mine in Eritrea can proceed with their damages suit in B.C. Supreme Court for alleged human rights violations that breached the norms of customary international law.

Three leaders who embody International Women’s Day
In her column, Naomi Sayers writes: “This International Women’s Day, a day started to celebrate women’s global achievements, is Sunday March 8. Sometimes, success and achievements look different for many. For me, success and achievements mean resisting interlocking systems of oppression to achieve greater equality, not just for women but for those who will come after us.”

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