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Monday, May 10, 2021 @ 8:42 AM

Legal aid services and estates law Drowning hand reaching for legal aid help

The Legal Aid Services Act (LASA) received royal assent in July 2020 as part of the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act. The LASA is a step forward to modernize the legal aid framework for low-income Ontarians through a shift from a regulatory regime to giving Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) more flexibility to develop and adapt its own rules, policies and services that better serve low-income Ontarians. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 29, 2021 @ 2:38 PM - Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2021 @ 12:28 PM

Nova Scotia courts turning to widespread use of Microsoft Teams

Having suspended most in-person proceedings due to rising numbers of COVID-19, Nova Scotia’s courts will soon begin universal use of a popular videoconferencing platform for matters deemed fit to be carried out virtually. According to an April 29 notice, matters where a judge has given approval to proceed will be conducted using telephone or Microsoft Teams, an online communication platform that allows for group chat and videoconferencing. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 8:53 AM

Report calls for proactive regulation to address government AI accountability gap Nye Thomas, Executive Director, Law Commission of Ontario

The warning is loud and clear: if governments at all levels in Canada don’t act now to regulate their own use of artificial intelligence, it could end up hurting vulnerable citizens, damaging public services and undermining public trust, according to a recent report by the Law Commission of Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 @ 8:41 AM

The Coach: A year later: What does COVID-19 mean for you? Gary Mitchell

It is now just a little over one year since the world, including the legal world, got kicked in the briefs. And yes, that pun was intended. From lockdown to opening up, then back and forth between different levels of restrictions, it’s certainly been a challenging year. This column serves as a recap of what we have gone through, and some of what we can expect moving forward. ... [read more]

Friday, April 23, 2021 @ 1:41 PM

LSO approves technological legal services pilot; Alberta law society adopts new hearing guideline Law Society of Ontario bencher Jacqueline Horvat

With the rise of apps and online services upending the legal profession, benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) have given the nod to launching a pilot project aimed at more closely regulating innovative technological legal services (ITLS) in the province. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 @ 3:16 PM

B.C. budget focuses on COVID-19, future economic growth CBABC president Jennifer Brun

British Columbia has outlined its fiscal plan for the next three years, and like their federal cousins B.C. lawmakers are focusing on the short-term need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and a long-term focus on job growth and economic recovery. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 06, 2021 @ 1:11 PM

Nova Scotia opens COVID-19 compliant courthouse

A high-tech, COVID-19 compliant “criminal jury courthouse” has opened its doors in Atlantic Canada. The courthouse, in Dartmouth, N.S., opened March 31 and has been specially designed for the physical distancing of those inside. According to a news release, it is the first of its kind to be opened in Atlantic Canada. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 2:04 PM

Evidence-based legal practice: The value of data in litigation Woman lawyer analyzing legal data

Professionals are paid for their judgment and experience. That judgment and experience should be supplemented, wherever possible, by empirical data. ... [read more]

Friday, March 26, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

Confidence in virtual proceedings important for justice system Headphone and mike on a laptop

Confidence in virtual proceedings is important for the justice system now that it seems clear that virtual is going to be a part of how civil, criminal and administrative hearings in Canada, and globally, will be conducted long term, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 @ 1:23 PM

Access to (In)justice: A critical race reflection | Joshua Sealy-Harrington

It is a privilege to be invited by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin to write the second guest column in her The Lawyer’s Daily series on access to justice. In the first guest column (by Justice Michelle O'Bonsawin), the former chief justice of Canada indicated that her hope for such columns was to widen perspectives on access to justice. With that in mind, I want to briefly explore how the dominant individualistic paradigm of access to justice is flawed, and how we must shift to a systemic paradigm for meaningful access to justice in Canada to be realized. ... [read more]