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

Friday, October 30, 2020 @ 2:52 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

LSO Convocation adopts revised proposals on fee exemptions for older practitioners
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has tweaked its proposals to remove fee exemptions for certain older members of the profession, adopting measures which would provide a reduced rate for practitioners 65 and older and ensuring those individuals who are currently covered by an exemption for those who have practised 50 years or more will still be able to benefit when it is eliminated next year.

Ontario Appeal Court decision a victory for not criminally responsible accused: lawyers
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the Ontario government and the Ontario Review Board violated a man’s Charter right to liberty for the past six years by keeping him confined to a psychiatric hospital — even after his medical team and the board agreed in 2014 he could be moved into supportive housing in the community.

Current model of lawyering unequally distributes legal power in society, scholar says
Substantive change is required in the legal system — and legal education — to meaningfully address access to justice and systemic racism. That was the message from scholars who spoke on an Oct. 26 panel set up as part of Access to Justice Week.

Ottawa promising action on sexual violence in correctional facilities
The federal government is promising to take action on the issue of sexual coercion and violence in prisons after Canada’s correctional investigator said the issue is largely being ignored or dismissed as part of the prison experience.

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system
In her column, Julie Sobowale writes: “October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.”

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