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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 3:13 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

SCC underscores federal courts’ obligation to vindicate official language rights at hearings
Violations of language rights in court will usually require a new hearing, even if the fairness of the hearing wasn’t affected, the Supreme Court of Canada directs in a far-reaching 9-0 judgment that underscores the obligation of Canada’s federal courts to vindicate language rights, including by providing timely and effective interpretation services to litigants, witnesses and counsel at hearings.

Legal profession has ‘stepped up’ to help Pro Bono Ontario, now it’s time for institutional help: lawyers
When the Honourable Thomas Cromwell broke the news that Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) would be closing three of its Law Help Centres the legal profession responded with a rallying cry that said: Access to justice matters to us.

Sentences must be proportionate, not unjustly light to avoid deportation, finds Appeal Court
Threat of deportation can be a factor in the sentencing of a non-citizen, but the punishment must fit the crime and not simply serve as a pass on immigration consequences, says the lawyer of an offending permanent resident whose sentence was increased by Manitoba’s Appeal Court.

Going to authorities not viable option for many sexual assault survivors, report says
The experience of women who have suffered sexual assault is an issue that is receiving more focus than ever thanks to the #MeToo movement and increased realization among the public that an endemic problem needs to be addressed. And now, a report from a legal advocacy group is shining some light on the experience of survivors and why they feel the justice system is not responsive to their needs.

How law firms can audit their social media
In her column, Kim McLaughlin writes: “Social media works best when supported by a solid strategy that is consistent and co-ordinated and effective measurement is in place to measure success or correct course when needed.”

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