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

Friday, September 18, 2020 @ 3:50 PM | By John Carson

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John Carson
Stepping in for the Managing Editor, here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Supreme Court’s early start to fall session will clear backlog, could bring landmark rulings
In what will be an early start to its fall session, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to tackle highly anticipated appeals involving provincial challenges to the federal carbon tax, a newspaper reporter’s fight to unseal estate details of a murdered billionaire couple and a dispute over the ending of peremptory challenges in jury selections.

Virtual justice in COVID era comes at a heavy cost, legal scholars say
Months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the near shutdown of courts across Canada and paved the way for virtual justice, a Quebec lawyer and researcher is hoping that judges and lawyers will be alert to the unintended consequences of conducting justice through the use of technology.

LSO budget balance: Support for licensees and public | Joseph Groia
These are difficult times for many members of the legal professions. Like so many others across the province, the country and the globe, lawyers and paralegals have seen COVID-19 have a material impact on their practices. Now is the time for the legal community to come together and work collaboratively to respond to the very real social and financial effects of COVID-19. And, we need to do this in a thoughtful, strategic and disciplined way — resisting reckless responses in direct contrast to the havoc of the pandemic itself.

Countering ageism fundamental to transforming dementia care
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians overwhelmingly agree that the virus has exposed a greater need to focus on health care for seniors, according to a new survey by the Baycrest Foundation. The Canadian Brain Health Index, an Angus Reid poll of 1,510 Canadians, provides a benchmark of attitudes towards older adults, health-care research and brain health.

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation
When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. Now six years later, Edmonds’ practice is still growing (even in today’s climate), and investing in technology early on, he says, was key to enabling his firm to capture the sharp spike in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer’s Daily.