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Click on the links above to view recent decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada and summaries for noteworthy cases from across the country.

Crampton wants feds to diversify colours of court

When he became head of the Federal Court, Chief Justice Paul Crampton vowed to work for diversity on a bench where only one of 35 full-time judges came from a minority group. Since then he has sworn in 22 new members — all of them white — despite the chief justice reaching out over the past four and a half years to senior members of the bar from minority communities.

In a split decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that an Internet libel case involving one of Canada’s richest men should be tried in Ontario, even though the allegedly defamatory article was published by an Israeli newspaper and concerned an Israeli soccer team owned by the plaintiff.

This spring it was discovered that the children of Karla Homolka are attending school in Chateauguay, Que. Now known as “Leanne Teale,” Homolka was convicted of manslaughter as a result of her role in the murder of 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French, 15, in the infamous Bernardo serial killer case.

Those whose practices focus on international resources and the structuring of investments made by foreign companies in the resources sector in Canada will be familiar with these key questions: what investment, environmental and First Nations consultation requirements must I meet and how can I understand them with enough certainty to be able to make a responsibly informed decision about whether to invest or not?

Whether they’re looking for a broader client base, advancement in a large firm, or simply a job in a rapidly changing legal profession where traditional career paths are no longer certain, many lawyers may consider gaining a competitive advantage through further education in addition to a law degree.