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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

Nova Scotia set to join B.C. in conducting residential tenancy hearings by phone Julien Matte

Landlords and tenants in Nova Scotia looking to put an official end to arguments will no longer look each other in the eye. Effective Sept. 4, the province will become only the second in the country to conduct residential tenancy hearings via telephone. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 08, 2018 @ 12:10 PM - Last Updated: Friday, August 10, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Canadian law schools embracing technological change with new courses, training OttawaU class

Law schools are changing. They’re adapting to the demands placed on them by students eager for technological training that will allow them to not just keep up with a world ever more dominated by the latest high-tech concepts and tools, but to be able to use those advances in their own careers as lawyers. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 02, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Experts say 3D crime scene investigative technology offers benefits, challenges Caitlin Pakosh

From an objective view, it’s simple to say that 3D scanners can create accurate representation of a crime or accident scene, but from a subjective view, experts are still divided about their benefits and usefulness. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 @ 9:31 AM

Over 40 researchers commit to AI project aimed at improving access to justice Nicolas_Vermeys_sm

According to Nicolas Vermeys, the vice-director of the Cyberjustice Laboratory in Montreal, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming, and the legal profession needs to prepare. “There’s no way around it. So how do we make sure that companies or individuals who are developing AI applications for the legal system do so in a manner that will not jeopardize the pillars of our system? That it will not affect the principles of equality?” he asked, while explaining a newly launched research partnership centred around these very questions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 @ 9:47 AM

Quebec judge’s actions draw rebuke from Appeal Court Emmanuelle Bernheim

A Quebec judge who refused to hear a quarrel between neighbours and emphatically insisted that they negotiate a settlement before adjourning without cause a hearing over which he should have presided the same day has been sanctioned by the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, July 23, 2018 @ 9:23 AM

Access to Justice: Diana Lowe on the theory of change | Thomas Cromwell

Alberta has been engaged for several years in an ambitious family law reform effort. I spoke to Diana Lowe, co-lead of the Reforming the Family Justice System initiative, about what they have been doing and what’s ahead. Here is what she told me. ... [read more]

Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

How law schools can teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

In an article earlier this month, I argued that legal education should place more emphasis on teaching innovative thinking, not just logical analysis. Though this may seem antithetical to the study of law, there are various ways that innovation can be taught in law schools. Legal education can learn from other disciplines that have effectively and explicitly incorporated innovation into their teaching models. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

B.C. launches online tool for joint-filed divorces Leena Yousefi, YLaw Group

People can buy music and order pizza with the simple click of a mouse. And now, people in B.C. will be able to start the process of getting a divorce without having to leave the comfort of their armchair. The provincial government has launched the Online Divorce Assistant (ODA) application, which helps with completing documentation for joint-filed divorces in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in cases without children. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 9:30 AM

In blockchain we trust Manoncomputerchip_sm.jpg

The first thing we do, let’s disintermediate all the lawyers. Imagine a virtuous world where someone says they would do something and then actually did it. Blockchain promises to revolutionize the economy since the need for virtue simply disappears. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Police turning to 3D technology for crime, accident scene investigation Brian Harder

As 3D scanners are increasingly becoming the tool of choice for police departments across the country to use while investigating accident and crime scenes, it makes sense for lawyers to have a better understanding of how the technology works and how it is used. ... [read more]