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

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 4:11 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Access to Justice: A plea for technology in the justice system
In her column, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin writes: “There is a danger that once things return to normal, the legal system will go back to its old ways. This would be to squander the opportunity the current crisis has given us to rethink the way we do justice in Canada. Instead of returning to the “old normal” we need to build on what we have learned to bring the justice system into the 21st century.”

SCC denies Crown appeal; decision ‘clear notice’ to be proactive in moving cases forward: lawyer
The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the Crown challenge of a decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal to allow the stay of proceedings in the case of a man accused of murdering his spouse, ruling his right to be tried within a reasonable time was infringed.

Ontario Court of Appeal rejects application for COVID-19 bail from inmate with diabetes
The Ontario Court of Appeal has demonstrated how far it is willing to go to relax bail rules to reduce prison populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Alberta bill proposes significant overhaul of labour, employment rules
Alberta is looking at changing the rules governing labour and employment requirements in the province with an aim to reduce red tape and support economic recovery, but the proposals have earned the derision of provincial labour leaders, who characterize the changes as “union busting” which will lead to Alberta taking on the characteristics of a U.S.-style “right-to-work” jurisdiction.

Divided Ontario Appeal Court ruling regarding trial management, fairness headed to top court
It will be left for the country’s highest court to decide when a judge’s rulings on testimony move from trial management to threatening an accused’s right to a fair proceeding, following a 2-1 decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

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