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Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 2:03 PM

Sustaining our justice system in pandemic times | Roger Bilodeau

In recent months, several judges, court officials and observers have stated that the pandemic has thrust the justice system further along into the 21st century with the push to use all available technologies to maintain court operations. Many of them have also rightly pointed out that access to justice is still a challenge for a great number of Canadians. As courts take steps to resume regular operations, what does the future hold in terms of sustaining our justice system? Here are a few points to consider as governments, courts and other interested parties move forward to map out the future. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Ontario’s chief justices call for reinvestment in legal aid at court opening ceremony George_Strathy

Two of Ontario’s top judges have urged the provincial and federal governments to reinvest in legal aid at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Ontarians at their most vulnerable. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 2:49 PM

Implications of patenting adaptive clothing Womaninwheelchair.jpg

Adaptive clothing is defined as clothing that caters to the needs of disabled persons and the elderly through design elements that improve the wearer’s quality of life and ease of dressing. Adaptive clothing can also be worn by persons with conditions such as arthritis, edema, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, among others. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

How COVID-19 will change legal innovation robots

When Ryan Edmonds, a Toronto-based employment lawyer, launched his firm in 2014 he didn’t set out to be an early adopter of legal technology. Cost and flexibility, he says, made setting up a cloud-based paperless system an easy choice. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

Paper-based vs. paperless vs. digital paperless_office_sm

Recently I spent three days in a law firm boardroom digitizing the entirety of a law firm’s corporate minute book collection. One by one we combed through the pages of the binders, carefully disassembling decades-old records to be fed through the scanner that worked effortlessly, albeit with a faint hum. ... [read more]

Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 7:55 AM

Virtual justice in COVID era comes at a heavy cost, legal scholars say Vincent Denault

Months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the near shutdown of courts across Canada and paved the way for virtual justice, a Quebec lawyer and researcher is hoping that judges and lawyers will be alert to the unintended consequences of conducting justice through the use of technology. ... [read more]

Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench embraces technology Martel_Popescul_sm

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench has adopted new case management technology its chief justice says will “totally revolutionize” that court system. ... [read more]

Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Writing for lawyers: Thriller? News flash? Memorandum? There’s a difference writervector

Here’s a fun exercise — take a pen and throw it at a lawyer. Chances are you’ll hit someone who aspires to write a thriller or become a journalist. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

The Coach: What does COVID-19 mean for you? | Gary Mitchell

COVID-19 is the largest global disruption in modern history. And what history tells us is that we are never going back to the way things were before, at least not completely. ... [read more]

Friday, September 04, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Court vs. commercial arbitration after COVID: Adapting to the virtual virtual_law_sm

Five years ago, my colleague Gannon Beaulne and I published an article in The Advocates' Journal (Summer 2015 at pages 11-21) titled Making up your mind: Trial litigation versus Arbitration in the Commercial World. The title was derived from the well-known song by the Lovin' Spoonful: “Did you ever have to make up your mind?/ You pick up on one and leave the other behind./ It's not often easy and not often kind./ Did you ever have to make up your mind?” ... [read more]