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

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:02 PM  


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

CJC set to decide whether to recommend judge’s removal for lying, a Canadian first
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has refused to delay its vote on the fate of a Quebec Superior Court judge who has spent five years fighting allegations that he used cocaine as a lawyer and then lied about it to two successive CJC Inquiry Committees that investigated his conduct.

LSUC statement of principles challenged in court as black lawyers group urges profession to support regulator
The Law Society of Upper Canada’s (LSUC) mandate for licensees to adopt a statement of principles to promote diversity is drawing strong support and, conversely, opposition from various parts of the bar.

Federal Court of Appeal finds trademark infringement in flap over Swiss flag logo
A Canadian luggage company has been dealt a blow after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled several of its logos would be “likely to cause confusion” with the trademark of a Swiss company specializing in goods marked with a symbol resembling the cross on the Swiss flag.

Critics maintain Bill 62 unfairly targets Quebec’s small number of devout Muslim women
People who land public sector jobs in a post-Bill 62 Quebec could fight against having to make people show their faces when receiving services — even if that demand is stipulated in hiring contracts, said a prominent human rights lawyer.

Statistical base rates and the prediction of behavior
In their column Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner write: “The challenge for those interested in reasonable policies related to predicting behaviour is that many criminal justice concerns have low base rates and many of the things used as predictors have base rates that are much higher.”

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