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

Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 3:53 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Exclusive: Litigators’ champion celebrates five years at SCC, looks forward to five more years
On a bench otherwise made up of ex-law deans, former senior civil servants and longtime judges, Justice Suzanne Côté’s unique brief, handed to her when she was appointed five years ago, requires her to convey the practising bar’s perspective to the Supreme Court of Canada, even when it sometimes takes her down solitary paths.

Federal judge rejects DOJ foot-dragging; expedites inmate’s ‘urgent’ plea for parole due to COVID-19
A Federal Court judge has rejected a bid by federal Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason to drag out urgent proceedings.

B.C. court dismisses complaint over environmental assessment exemption for fracking dams
The B.C. Supreme Court has upheld a decision by provincial authorities to exempt an energy company from environmental assessments for two dams which had been constructed several years ago, with a law professor saying the decision shows the need for a change in the law.

CJC rebukes judge wed to then-cabinet minister for advising Trudeau government on who to appoint to bench
A Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench judge married to a former federal Liberal cabinet minister has had her knuckles rapped publicly for having recommended names for a federal judicial appointment to the Liberal government.

Why 87 per cent of B.C’s criminal cases cannot be solved pretrial
In her column, Kyla Lee writes: “In the new practice direction issued by the court, the court shed light on an interesting statistic: only four per cent of those files that are set for trial actually end up proceeding to trial on the scheduled trial date.”

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