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

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 3:00 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Proceedings in first-ever Zoom trial at Federal Court met with praise by judge, counsel
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March legal proceedings across the country largely ground to a halt, leading courts to consider alternative technology so that matters would still be able to be heard. And in one such matter at the Federal Court testimony was moved online for the first time ever, with counsel in the case and the judge presiding over it both agreeing that the process worked well and shows potential for the future.

Door still open to social host liability even after B.C. judge denies latest claim: lawyers
Lawyers on both sides of B.C.’s personal injury bar say social host liability cases will continue to flow even after a B.C. Supreme Court judge rejected the latest attempt to establish a claim.

World’s first restorative justice lab opens at Dalhousie University
In the interests of justice — restorative justice — Dalhousie University opted to move forward with an historic initiative despite the constraints imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the world’s first restorative justice lab is now up and running.

Ontario greenhouse gas emissions targets violate Charter, lawsuit argues
A group of nine young people have taken the Ontario government to court, arguing its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) targets are inadequate to meet the challenges associated with climate change and violate their constitutional rights.

Stare decisis and equal protection of the law
In his column, Lawrence David writes: “Overturning precedents that perpetuate systemic discrimination is key to advancing the rule of law’s promise of equal protection under the law. Where judicial precedent is premised upon unacceptable discriminatory attitudes, or where the evidence establishes that a precedent’s real world application has had a disproportionate impact on racialized persons and other vulnerable communities, Canadian courts should not hesitate to overturn or modify it.”

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