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

Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 3:55 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Female SCC presence drops, even as record women, Indigenous, racialized jurists apply for top court
Two-thirds of the jurists who applied for the latest Supreme Court of Canada vacancy filled by ex-Ontario Court of Appeal judge Mahmud Jamal, were Indigenous, or members of visible minorities, according to the independent board which last May recommended three candidates to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, including Justice Jamal.

Canada Revenue Agency discloses latest earnings of self-employed lawyers; top tier at $1.5 million-plus
Top-earning big-city lawyers earned net incomes, on average, of close to $1.6 million in 2019, according to the latest earnings information for self-employed lawyers who do not practise through professional corporations.

Alberta decision shows need for Supreme Court to weigh in on self-induced intoxication: law prof
The Alberta Court of Appeal has overturned the acquittal of a man who assaulted a university professor while naked and high on magic mushrooms, saying a lower court judge was in error when he ruled that a section of the Criminal Code dealing with self-induced intoxication was unconstitutional.

Decision highlights ‘the analytical distinction between access and possession remains’: counsel
An Ontario Court of Appeal decision ordering a new trial in a drug possession and trafficking case highlights the “analytical distinction between access and possession,” counsel said.

OECD to release cryptocurrency reporting framework in October
In his analysis article, David J. Rotfleisch writes: “The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is due to release a recommended policy framework for cryptocurrency reporting standards in the upcoming months. Currently, there is little cohesion or transparency among the treatment of cryptocurrencies across countries.”

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