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

Friday, June 25, 2021 @ 4:58 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Elimination of peremptory challenges constitutionally valid: Supreme Court

The abolishment of peremptory challenges in jury selections is constitutionally valid and, being “purely procedural” in nature, can apply retrospectively to pending cases, found a majority of the Supreme Court in its reasons for restoring the murder conviction of an Ontario man.

Judge’s role is to adjudicate ‘on the basis of law, precedent and evidence,’ SCC nominee says
Justice Mahmud Jamal, the Trudeau government’s nominee to the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the impending retirement of Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, says he hopes to serve with an open mind and a willingness to listen while remaining “very mindful” of the responsibility which comes with being the first person of colour to be named to Canada’s top court.

LSO re-elected treasurer, modernized Tribunal Rules of Practice and Procedure
On June 23, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) Convocation elected Teresa Donnelly as treasurer for a second term and passed motions to modernize the election of the chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee as well as the Rules of Practice and Procedure at the Law Society Tribunal.

New virtual family law project in B.C. aims to reduce court backlog, increase access to justice
An initiative has been launched in British Columbia aimed at reducing the backlog of separation and divorce matters in the courts while also trying to enhance access to justice in family law in the province.

Quebec waives MAiD final consent requirement as it considers expanding its scope
Heeding to growing pressure, the Quebec government is following in the footsteps of the federal government and has waived the final lucid consent requirement before receiving medical assistance in dying for patients whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable.

Four COVID-19 changes we should keep after pandemic
In her column, Kyla Lee writes: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major time of transition for the legal profession. It may be the thing that has finally brought lawyers out of the stone age and into embracing digital technology for their cases. Some of the changes are less convenient, to be sure, but many of the changes to our court and practices should stick around after the pandemic ends.”

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