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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, July 06, 2018 @ 3:16 PM | By Matthew Grace


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

New judge advocate general vows to correct delays and inefficiencies that mar Canada’s military justice system
Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez says she and her team at the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are working to fix the delays and inefficiencies in the military justice system that were spotlighted by Auditor General Michael Ferguson in his recent hard-hitting report.

Judiciary discloses more about its sexual assault law training as Parliament considers compelling judicial progress reports
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has rolled out a new website disclosing the courses it provides to 1,100 federally appointed judges — including courses aimed at training judges to avoid rape myths and other egregious errors in sexual assault trials.

Trudeau government breaks promise to disclose info on new federal judges ‘shortly’
The Trudeau government’s pledge to shed more light on the qualifications, backgrounds and relevant views and attitudes of the scores of superior court judges it appoints below the Supreme Court of Canada remains a mostly unfulfilled promise so far.

LSO approves guidelines for working with Indigenous people, gets paralegal licensing update
The Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) first Convocation under new treasurer Malcolm Mercer saw the approval of guidelines for lawyers working with Indigenous clients and an update on the state of paralegal licensing.

Why law schools must teach innovation
In her column, Rebecca Lockwood writes: “Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice.”

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