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

Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 4:41 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Courts must continue modernization after COVID-19, Ontario judges say
The COVID-19 health crisis has “booted” courts into the 21st century, and they now must continue to “evolve” technologically to stay efficient in a new economic reality.

Ontario law society CEO says COVID-19 ‘opens all of our eyes’ on how to be more efficient
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has implemented a long list of measures in response to COVID-19. From working with justice partners to establishing a will drafting legal service for doctors to providing financial and annual report filing relief measures, the regulator has been changing processes and providing practice directions while working remotely.

SCC to launch virtual hearings in June; carbon tax challenges moved to special fall session
The Supreme Court of Canada is launching virtual hearings in June to catch up on some of the 11 cases it postponed in March, April and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it plans to go ahead with hearing provincial challenges to the federal carbon pricing regime at a special session in September.

CMAC awards $10,000 to officer for failed prosecution of his use of double-entendres during training
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must pay $10,000 in partial party and party legal costs to a military member prosecuted in a “questionable” test case, related to “Operation Honour,” that the Court Martial Appeal Court (CMAC) said “failed miserably.”

Examining ‘irreplaceability’ of courtroom advocacy, testimony
In his column, David W.L. Wu writes: “Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how antiquated Canadian court systems are, there have been renewed calls for the adoption of such technologies from the highest levels of the profession. Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in an article on March 31 in The Lawyer’s Daily wrote that our system’s reliance ‘on only one mode of dispensing justice is wholly and woefully inadequate.’ ”

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