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

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 1:52 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Rae skewers Liberals’ SCC appointment process
Asking judges and other senior jurists to apply for the Supreme Court of Canada in the name of expanding the top court’s diversity is “misguided” because it effectively excludes some people who feel it is unseemly to compete for the job, said Bob Rae, Ontario’s ex-NDP premier, and the former interim leader of the federal Liberals.

New Quebec law is unconstitutional and unfairly targets devout Muslim women who cover their faces: experts
Expect a swift Charter challenge to new Quebec laws requiring Muslim women who cover their faces to unveil when accessing public services, legal minds say.

MPs heed defence bar’s warning that compelling defence disclosure in sex assault cases violates Charter
Members of the defence bar who warn that imposing unprecedented new disclosure requirements on people accused of sexual assault is unconstitutional say MPs appeared receptive to their suggestions for improving Bill C-51.

CJC ‘very hopeful’ Senate will heed red flags judiciary raised about judicial training
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has turned down Sen. Kim Pate’s request to particularize how federal judges are trained to handle sexual assault cases — but the powerful council of 39 chief justices says it remains “very hopeful” that the Senate will fix a judicial training bill opposed by the judicial branch.

Early evidence gathering helps with challenge of proving workplace sexual harassment
In her analysis article, Jonquille Pak writes: “With the growing media focus on workplace sexual harassment, we may see a real shift in the number of people litigating sexual harassment complaints. The early stages of evidence gathering may tip the balance in your client’s favour.”

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