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

Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 2:38 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Supreme Court of Canada granted fewer leaves, issued more oral judgments in 2019
The Supreme Court of Canada’s intake of cases remained comparatively low last year, as the number of judgments it rendered from the bench, mostly without written reasons, rose by 25 per cent, the court’s 2019 annual statistics disclose.

Alberta bill on human trafficking sets out new powers for judges, victims
Legislators in Alberta are currently considering a bill which would give judges and victims in the province greater powers in the fight against human trafficking.

Ontario not immune from negligence liability in administrative segregation class action, court rules
In another decision damning the use of administrative segregation in prisons, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has tackled the Crown Liability and Proceedings Act, determining it did not protect the province from liability in negligence in a class action brought by prisoners in correctional institutions.

Important for public to see legal system still operating: B.C. law society president
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant organizations throughout the world have had to adapt their procedures in order to ensure they stay operational and accountable to the public. Many have turned to electronic platforms to hold meetings, and the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has added its name to this growing list.

Government censorship and pandemic misinformation
In her column, Cara Zwibel writes “I have written elsewhere about the dangers of misinformation, particularly during a global health crisis, and recognize the real harm that can result if we are not savvy consumers of information. Still, I am deeply skeptical about the ability of the criminal law to tackle this problem in a way that doesn’t create a whole host of new ones.”

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