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

Thursday, April 09, 2020 @ 3:06 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Given the upcoming long weekend, here is a Thursday edition of The Friday Brief. The Lawyer’s Daily will not be publishing on April 10 and April 13. We will be back on Tuesday, April 14.

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

SCC’s Cory remembered as brave and compassionate judge who protected human dignity, fairness
Retired Supreme Court Justice Peter deCarteret Cory, a Second World War hero who distinguished himself in the judicial trenches for a quarter century, dodged more than his share of bullets during his decade on the highest court.

Ethical obligations for lawyers with COVID-19
In her column, Kyla Lee writes: “As a lawyer who is currently a presumptive positive for COVID-19, I have had to think about my ethical obligations to my clients. This includes planning in the event my condition worsens, ensuring my files are orderly and managed and maintaining adherence to quarantine obligations to protect my clients and staff from catching the virus.”

Exercise good judgment before coming to courts in light of COVID-19, family lawyers say
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the legal system in Ontario on its ear, with lawyers and judges coping to deal with the stresses brought about by social distancing and court closures. This is particularly true of family law, where matters concerning children make concerns even more acute. But an emerging body of jurisprudence, coupled with guidance from the courts, is helping to clear a path through the forest.

SCC ruling opens door to attacks on use of sentencing ranges, starting points: defence counsel
Lower courts’ use of starting points for sentences is ripe for challenge at the Supreme Court of Canada, following recent comments from the top court in a landmark case on sentencing of sexual offences committed against children, suggests counsel for the intervener Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association (CTLA).

Quebec allowing notaries to sign documents remotely during pandemic but issues remain
Under pressure to deliver legal services in spite of Quebec’s public health state of emergency, notaries in the province have been given the go-ahead by the Quebec Ministry of Justice to sign notarized documents remotely.

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