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

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 3:09 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Given the upcoming long weekend, here is a Thursday edition of The Friday Brief. The Lawyer’s Daily will not be publishing on March 30 and April 2. We will be back on Tuesday, April 3.

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

Liberals advised to ditch ‘tough on crime’ approach to justice system
Canada’s criminal justice system needs a major cultural shift to broaden its focus from deciding guilt and meting out punishment to helping to rehabilitate and reintegrate people — especially the estimated 70 per cent of accused with mental health or substance abuse problems, the Liberal government has been told.

Supreme Court welcomes its newest member as Martin dons the red robes
When Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin’s proud father drove her back and forth to the train that took her from a Montreal suburb to McGill University’s law school, her dad assured her she had the right stuff to one day join the nation’s highest court.

Court of Appeal dismisses Fasken’s motion for charging order against client
The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed a motion brought by Fasken Martin DuMoulin LLP for a charging order on costs against a client. The decision, counsel says, shows that provisions under the Solicitors Act should not be used as “primary tools” for the collection of unpaid accounts.

Solicitor-client privilege could be next victim of the Panama Papers
In his column, Julius Melnitzer writes: “Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal, is closing its doors at the end of March. But its legacy, a full-frontal attack on lawyers, looms large.”

Facebook data scandal raises stakes for PIPEDA overhaul
In his analysis article, David Young writes: “The report’s two focuses — PIPEDA’s consent rule, and online reputation — drill down to a critical examination of how protective a privacy law can, or should, be.”

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