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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 3:34 PM

Ontario’s chief justices address backlogs, stress need for accessibility as courts modernize George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The quick modernization of the justice system in the wake of a global pandemic and the “historic backlog” of cases that COVID-19 has created were consistent themes throughout Ontario’s opening of the courts ceremony, held virtually on Sept. 14. One thing was made clear: technology is needed to keep justice moving, but ensuring the courts remain accessible to the most vulnerable is an important priority. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 @ 2:18 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 1:01 PM

Courts working on policies on judges’ COVID jabs; Ont. C.A. staying with virtual hearings for now George Strathy

The Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court of Justice, Canada’s largest trial court, are both working on COVID-19 vaccination policies for their judges. “A policy regarding vaccination for the judiciary is being developed, but has not been finalized,” Jacob Bakan, special counsel to the Office of Chief Justice of Ontario George Strathy, explained in an e-mailed response to The Lawyer’s Daily which asked what one of Canada’s most influential appellate courts is doing to ensure COVID-19 vaccinations of its members and court staff. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 2:43 PM

Back to Law School Roundup: News, analysis and opinion Back to Law School

For the second year in row, we have set out to cover the issues and challenges faced by Canadian law schools and students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Friday, September 03, 2021 @ 7:16 AM

New OBA president focused on enhancing ‘connectivity’ of members across province Karen Perron, OBA president

The Ontario Bar Association’s (OBA) new president, Karen Perron, believes “connection is more critical than ever” and her mandate is focused on enhancing that connection between members across the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 02, 2021 @ 3:01 PM

Roomies and Zoomies: Pandemic has sparked new terms, some innovation in law school teaching Back to Law School

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on both law students and law professors, but the good news is it is also spurring some welcome and long overdue innovations in the traditionally staid and passive model of law school teaching. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 @ 10:31 AM

Lessons learned from online bar exam technology fail Back to law school logo

I had a nightmare a few weeks before writing the barrister exam. I was sitting at my computer unable to connect with my virtual proctor, watching the minutes go by. 10:29 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 10:31 a.m. My exam time came and went. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 26, 2021 @ 10:30 AM

Best of both worlds: The virtual door to opportunity | Bo Kruk Back To Law School

The second week of March 2020 forced a dramatic change on a profession steeped in tradition. In a matter of days, classes that had remained much the same since the days of slates and chalkboard were teleported to the 21st century. As COVID-19 swept around the globe, five words became a common refrain: “Hold on, you’re on mute.” ... [read more]

Thursday, August 19, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

B.C. law society authorizes two new projects through ‘innovation sandbox’

The B.C. law society has authorized two new proposals aimed at improving the availability of employment law services for those who cannot afford a lawyer. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:08 PM

Tories propose pandemic financial supports, regulatory reforms, new offences and mandatory minimums Erin O'Toole

The Conservative Party’s self-described “very detailed” election platform contains dozens, if not hundreds, of promises of note to lawyers practising in diverse areas, including in-house, criminal, intellectual property, corporate-commercial, environment, tax, trade, immigration, labour and employment, charities, mining, oil and gas and other natural resources. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 @ 9:43 AM

Backlogs at court, A2J for jury trials at risk as pandemic persists Michael White, president of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association

Despite the justice system’s massive pivot to adopt technology and remote hearings at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, legal organizations and lawyers have noted that a backlog persists creating an access to justice issue in areas of practice that require jury trials.   ... [read more]