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Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:58 PM

More outreach, less paper to be focus of Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench: annual report

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench is looking to increase accountability, harness new technologies and reduce its reliance on paper as it looks to its future. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 09, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Marriage of Big Law and alternative legal services electronic_legal_sm

If you can’t beat them, join them. Or better still, have them join you. Is that, perchance, the evasive formula for satisfying the ever-more complex expectations that clients and in-house counsel have of their law firms? ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

France prohibits case analysis using deep learning Gears inside head

Algorithms can rewrite themselves through a process called deep learning. Our limited ability to fully understand and control how deep learning algorithms function have led some jurisdictions to consider how to limit the use of new artificial intelligence technologies. Last month, France amended Article 33 of the Justice Reform Act, making it illegal to use a judge’s name for the purpose or effect of evaluating, analyzing, comparing or predicting his or her professional behaviour. ... [read more]

Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 1:19 PM

StopSOP benchers will continue to oppose Statement of Principles | Michael Menear

On May 1, 2019, Ontario’s legal profession elected the StopSOP slate to repeal the Law Society of Ontario’s (LSO) mandatory requirement that all licensees adopt a Statement of Principles (SOP). The SOP is a statement of values determined, defined and enforced by the society. At the June 27 Convocation, the StopSOP slate did what it was elected to do — it put forward a motion to repeal the requirement that Ontario lawyers adopt and promote an SOP. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 04, 2019 @ 2:36 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal shuts many out | Michael Lesage

Access to justice is increasingly an issue in Ontario. Over tea and crumpets, posh debating societies have determined it to be serious enough to warrant discussions and committees. Meanwhile, judges have spoken out, warning that justice is increasingly available only to the rich and that our “fossilized Jurassic Park” of a legal system is at risk of becoming an “irrelevant museum piece.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 02, 2019 @ 8:56 AM

Why Libra could be a cryptocurrency game changer Libra_coin_sm

Facebook has announced a new cryptocurrency, Libra, that looks to shake up the cryptocurrency marketplace in at least the same degree as the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009 changed the concept of money. Moreover, it offers real potential to profoundly modify international commerce. Libra is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2020. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 1:09 PM

Foreign trained lawyer in land of opportunity | Alexandar Pavlov

June 27 is National Multiculturalism Day. Coming five days before Canada Day makes it the perfect time to reflect on why I am glad to be pursuing a law career in multicultural Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 27, 2019 @ 11:27 AM

Queen’s Law developing AI trademark tool with European business school Samuel Dahan sm

The Conflict Analytics Lab, at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, has partnered with LegalEDHEC, a research centre in France, to develop a tool that will put “artificial intelligence at the heart of decision-making in the field of intellectual property law.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 11:29 AM

B.C. government looking at improving technology in courtrooms B.C. Attorney General David Eby

The B.C. government is studying ways to introduce more technology in courtrooms to improve access to justice and the user experience, but observers are saying such change needs to be considered carefully to ensure it functions properly and is accessible to as many people as possible. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 1:18 PM

Challenges in litigating AI, focus on transparency, highlighted at LCO event Jill Presser new sm

Technological literacy, transparency, security and client-centred technology were highlighted as emerging legal issues by a panel of experts at “AI for Lawyers: A Primer on Artificial Intelligence in Ontario’s Legal System” hosted by the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) at Osgoode Hall Law School. ... [read more]