Focus On
The Friday Brief

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

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 3:31 PM | By Matthew Grace

Matthew Grace %>
Matthew Grace
Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.

Legal profession overdue for #MeToo movement to end ‘inappropriate’ conduct by judges, lawyers: litigator
The legal profession needs to mobilize against sexual remarks and other “inappropriate” workplace conduct by judges and senior lawyers who exploit the vulnerability of junior lawyers and law students, says a feminist lawyer who fights to advance the rights of women and LGBTQ people.

Budget 2018 provides millions in new justice funding, expanded Unified Family Courts
The federal budget proposed for the coming fiscal year includes millions in new legal aid funding for sexual harassment and immigration and refugee law cases, support for 46 new federal judgeships — including 39 to expand the Unified Family Courts (UFC) in four provinces — and money to boost staff and services at the Canadian Judicial Council and at the registries of the Federal, Tax and Supreme Courts.

Law Society of Ontario reviewing size, structure of Convocation
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) governance task force has proposed that benchers consider models for a smaller Convocation, the length of time benchers and treasurers can serve, as well as new governance and conduct policies.

Sleeper SCC ruling on defective police cautions will spark new defence bids to exclude evidence
A sleeper Supreme Court judgment that recently threw out a man’s sexual assault conviction because Edmonton police elicited an inculpatory statement from him using a flawed standard caution will generate defence bids to exclude similarly tainted evidence in Alberta, Ontario and any other jurisdictions which also have constitutionally defective standard police cautions, predicts the Edmonton defence counsel who won the case.

Trudeau’s dance of deception on Indigenous rights
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes: “Despite his many pre- and post-election promises to Indigenous peoples — Trudeau has been all talk and little action.”

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