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Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 10:54 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

JAG failed to provide ‘effective oversight’ of justice system marred by trial delays, lack of performance standards Michael Ferguson

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has agreed to an overdue retooling of its underperforming military justice system following a scathing audit by the Auditor General of Canada which slams the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) for not providing “effective oversight” of the CAF’s comparatively well-resourced justice system that is marred by trial delays, inefficiency, lack of performance measures, insufficient supports for the independence of the top military prosecutor and top defence counsel, and a failure by the JAG to fix long-identified problems and figure out ways to improve the sluggish system. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:26 AM

Norton Rose Fulbright turns to chatbot to talk about privacy, online security Ryan Berger

An Australian creation has been adapted to talk about European laws and will soon be the foundation for service that gives advice about Canadian privacy breaches. “Parker” is the name of an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot that was developed by Norton Rose Fulbright. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court Courthouse

A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates. The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

N.L. appeal highlights need for courtroom technology, lawyers say Robert_Currie_sm

Canada’s buttoned-down justice system will continue to be dragged “kicking and screaming into the 21st century,” says a legal scholar following an East Coast appeal favouring a judge who presided over court via video. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 2:11 PM

Blakes to offer self-service options for tech startups Carla_Swansburg

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is partnering with a Toronto-based legal tech startup called Founded to offer a customized online platform for clients in the tech sector. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

Benefits of technology worth the risk in M&A: panel (L-R) Michael Fekete, Jeremy Fraiberg, Andrea Wood, Anthony Pagano sm

The procurement of startups, the growing impact that data and technology are having on valuation and the changing norms of deal making are all current considerations for lawyers working in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). ... [read more]

Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Silicon Valley startup takes first prize at The Pitch in Toronto

Digitory Legal, a Californian management platform, has taken first prize at The Pitch, the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) legal tech competition that gives entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their ideas to a panel of industry judges. The event attracted startups from around the globe, but only five were chosen to participate in The Pitch on May 1. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 9:26 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

Global Legal Hackathon winners laud event for supporting innovation Raymond Luk, Alison Li, Edelweiss Kwok, Sally Yiu

The final round of the Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), held in New York on April 21, produced four winning teams and a plethora of ideas intended to solve access to justice (A2J) issues around the world. The hackathon, which began with teams from 40 cities across 22 countries in six continents, separated the teams into two categories: private benefit and public benefit. ... [read more]

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Lawyer sees benefits, drawbacks to Canada’s new strategy on intellectual property Antonio_Turco_sm

Canada’s new Intellectual Property Strategy will mean speedier justice at the Federal Court and better advice from IP legal clinics, but falls short in helping innovators in remote areas and victims of “patent trolls,” says a lawyer. ... [read more]

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Borden Ladner Gervais creates new innovation committee

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) now has an innovation thought leadership committee. ... [read more]