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N.L. appeal highlights need for courtroom technology, lawyers say

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 11:33 AM | By Terry Davidson

Canada’s buttoned-down justice system will continue to be dragged “kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” says a legal scholar following an East Coast appeal favouring a judge who presided over court via video.

On May 8 the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador decided in R. v. Newfoundland and Labrador (Provincial Court, Judge) 2018 NLCA 26 that it was fine for a provincial court judge in a town in south Newfoundland to use video conferencing to hear a criminal matter in another town almost...