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

Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 3:42 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Judges lack awareness of increased risks of domestic violence amid pandemic: study
Canadian judges have demonstrated very little awareness over the heightened risks of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation that should prompt judges to attend comprehensive legal training over what the United Nations has described as the “shadow pandemic,” according to human rights and legal aid experts.

Juror mental health bill would show citizens justice system ‘will not let you down’: senator
People who have experienced mental health issues after serving as jurors in a criminal trial may soon have more support thanks to a bill which is winding its way through the Senate.

‘Constellation of failings’ by counsel spurs retrial in Alberta sexual assault case
An Alberta man faces a fresh trial on sexual assault charges after the province’s top court ruled his defence counsel’s error-strewn handling of the original proceeding rendered his convictions a miscarriage of justice.

Biden administration still holds challenges for Canada, say former politicians
A Joe Biden presidency in the United States will present a strategic opportunity for Canada to reset its most important international relationship, but Ottawa will be challenged by issues such as the likely demise of the Keystone XL pipeline and a rekindled competition for top international talent, said a panel of former high-profile Canadian politicians.

Consider intersectional approach to your recruitment experience
In her column, Naomi Sayers writes: “Often the legal industry talks about how progressive their own law practice is without critical examination into how their own recruitment experience closes the doors onto so many.”

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