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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 2:45 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

Manitoba man who bombed ex-wife’s lawyer convicted of attempted murder, aggravated assault
A disgruntled litigant who targeted two Winnipeg law offices with explosive devices in 2015 and maimed family law lawyer Maria Mitousis with a disguised bomb he sent her anonymously through the mail, has been convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault.

SCC okays limited use of sexual assault complainant’s prior consistent out-of-court statement to police
The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed that when a sexual assault complainant’s testimony is challenged for inconsistency with her prior police statements the court can also take into account the consistent elements of her statements to help assess whether the inconsistencies are material or not.

N.L. appeal highlights need for courtroom technology, lawyers say
Canada’s buttoned-down justice system will continue to be dragged “kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” says a legal scholar following an East Coast appeal favouring a judge who presided over court via video.

Court of Appeal sets higher standard to protect injured workers from wrongful conviction, counsel says
The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed three appeals regarding offences under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act in a decision, counsel says, that sets a higher standard for courts to follow when convicting under subsection 149(2).

Dunsmuir revisited: If at first you don’t succeed …
In her column, Heather MacIvor writes: “This is big news. Dunsmuir is to administrative law what R. v. Stinchcombe [1991] S.C.J. No. 83, [1991] 3 S.C.R. 326 is to Crown disclosure in criminal trials. It is the judicial touchstone, the ubiquitous citation, the case reproduced in every book of authorities.”

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