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The Friday Brief

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

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 2:27 PM | By John Carson


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John Carson
Congratulations to The Lawyer's Daily team for being nominated for Best Business Publication in the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

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

CMAC strikes down key provision of National Defence Act for violating military members’ Charter right to jury trial
In a legal earthquake for the military justice system, the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada (CMAC) has split 2-1 to strike down s. 130(1)(a) of the National Defence Act (NDA) because the majority held that the provision — which deems Criminal Code offences committed in Canada by military members to be “service offences” — deprives military accused of their Charter s. 11(f) right to trial by jury.

Legal regulators, law groups slam proposed restrictions on agents in summary offence courts, urge fix to Bill C-75 flaws
Legal regulators, law clinics and bar groups are urging Parliament to make major changes to the Trudeau government’s sweeping package of proposed Criminal Code reforms (Bill C-75).

Cyber losses: A serious organizational risk in the modern world
Losses and costs relating to cyber liability incidents have escalated exponentially given that the world has become much more computer-dependent and technology is rapidly advancing.

It's up to Indigenous, environmental groups to protect public interest
Despite objections from some of the Indigenous groups about the consultation process, the Federal Court of Appeal (in Tsleil-Waututh Nation et al. v. Canada (Attorney General) 2018 FCA 153) held that Canada acted in good faith and that the consultation framework it used was appropriate.

Risks of intimate partner homicide to lawyers, mediators, clients and families
It is a fact that many more women die by the hand of their intimate partner than by any other means. There were 18 women killed and two men killed in Canada from January to April 2018 by their intimate partners, making a mockery of the words “I love you” and “to love, honour and cherish.”

John Carson is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Lawyer's Daily.