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

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 3:14 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Bill C-75’s ‘intimate partner’ language could slow bail, draw out trials, lawyer says
“Intimate partner” provisions in proposed changes to domestic violence laws will bog down an already sluggish criminal justice system, says a voice for lawyers as the federal government explores sweeping reforms to the Criminal Code.

Family lawyers prefer mediation, collaborative processes: study
A recent survey of family lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and British Columbia found that the majority prefer to resolve family law disputes with collaborative settlement processes rather than through costly litigation.

Growing use of intermittent sentences worsens overcrowding, says Quebec ombudsperson
A dramatic rise in the use of intermittent sentences has exacerbated overcrowding in Quebec correctional facilities, leading to difficult detention conditions, security problems and human rights violations, says a special report by the Quebec ombudsperson.

Court of Appeal upholds lifetime sex offender registry, which CLA deems ‘overbroad’
Imposing lifelong registration for repeat sex offenders on a national registry is constitutional, ruled the Ontario Court of Appeal in a decision counsel for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) say supports “overbroad” legislation regarding mandatory orders under the Criminal Code and the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA).

Canada’s criminalization of the Indigenous tobacco trade
In her column, Pamela Palmater writes: “Characterizing Indigenous peoples who engage in the tobacco trade as gangs, criminals or members of organized crime is racist, factually wrong and is itself a form of hate crime insofar as it paints all Indigenous peoples in the trade as criminals and dangerous.”

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