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

Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 2:25 PM | By Matthew Grace

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

Courts’ hiding their COVID-19 vaccination policies legally flawed, against public interest: experts
Experts are rejecting as legally flawed, and contrary to the public interest, an argument that a few Canadian chief justices are making to justify not revealing how many of their court’s judges are vaccinated for COVID-19 and what — if any — mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies their courts have in place.

Report calls for ‘real change’ to Quebec’s legal aid system
An independent panel of experts is recommending sweeping reforms to Quebec’s administration of the legal aid system to simplify the process to seek legal aid and alleviate the administrative encumbrances faced by private sector lawyers who take on legal aid mandates.

Appellate courts ‘must resist the temptation’ to conduct second trial on appeal, court notes
The Ontario Court of Appeal released a split decision in a family law proceeding on the issue of the province’s jurisdiction to determine the case, stressing the “considerable deference” paid to trial judges. The decision may be relied upon by other cases in the future, a family law lawyer noted, because of the court’s “extensive analysis” of the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA).

Federal justice agenda features bills which died in last Parliament, many Liberal election pledges
The justice agenda of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s newly elected minority Liberal government is expected to include some justice-related bills that died in the 43rd Parliament — pushing forward with judicial discipline reforms, as well as a ban on so-called “conversion therapy,” for example — along with legislative measures to deliver on the party’s many campaign pledges.

Alberta court recognizes new tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts
In the recent decision ES v. Shillington 2021 ABQB 739, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta recognized the tort of “Public Disclosure of Private Facts.” This new tort provides a civil remedy for victims who had their personal information publicly distributed.

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