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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 1:10 PM

Settlement of legal dispute using B.C.-produced robot mediator called first ever Graham Ross

Although the use of technology and artificial intelligence in the judicial system may conjure up images of Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone, a dispute in the U.K. was recently solved through the use of a system designed by a B.C.-based company in a situation a lawyer involved in the case is calling the first of its kind. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 10:54 AM

Online restitution payments welcomed in Nova Scotia Tilly_Pillay_sm

Nova Scotia hopes its pioneering move of allowing restitution payments to be paid online will help boost low rates of offenders handing over what is owed to crime victims. The online option, launched March 21 by the Nova Scotia Department of Justice’s court and victim services divisions, allows those ordered to pay restitution to do it anytime, from wherever there is the Internet. ... [read more]

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Ontario’s ‘One-Judge’ pilot borrows from arbitration one_judge_sm

On Feb. 1, Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice began a two-year pilot project to test-drive one important feature of arbitration — one judge handling all procedural steps in a case: all pretrial hearings, case management conferences and the trial. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 1:36 PM

Estonia set to introduce ‘AI judge’ in small claims court to clear court backlog Man&Botshakinghands

Recently, I commented on Jane Philpott’s, former Canadian minister of digital government, launch of the federal government’s Directive on Automated Decision Making, purported to use artificial intelligence (AI) to assist the government in replacing mundane administrative tasks within all of its branches.   ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

Ontario introduces digital self-auditing tool to monitor compliance with ESA Inna Koldorf sm

In its “commitment to a modern, efficient government,” Ontario has introduced a digital self-audit tool to replace paper audits done by employment standards officers (ESOs) on companies’ compliance with the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Labour and employment lawyers say they believe this tool will prove effective and save time for employers, but have mixed feelings about non-compliant companies using the tool appropriately. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Women of Legal Tech honouree says ‘it is impossible to be the best lawyer you can be’ without technology Natalie Worsfold sm

Natalie Worsfold said her legal career path’s intersection with technology was a “happy accident.” However, her drive to be a better lawyer and involvement with tech has landed her on the American Bar Association's (ABA) 2019 Women of Legal Tech list. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 9:47 AM

Global Legal Hackathon creates women in legal tech mentorship program

An initiative to connect women in legal technology, inspired by the 2019 Global Legal Hackathon (GLH), has gained such an overwhelming response that the organizers plan on separating it into its own enterprise that will host events for women around the world. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:41 AM

Feds launch directive on automated decision making AI_decision_sm

On March 4, 2019, Jane Philpott, president of the Treasury Board and minister of digital government, launched the federal government’s Directive on Automated Decision Making purported to guide government departments in the transparent and accountable use of artificial intelligence (AI). ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 @ 8:17 AM

From tools and tech to relationships and respect | Kurt Sandstrom

The justice sector has been the subject of intense scrutiny over recent years. This has both compelled and inspired us to seek new and innovative ways of ensuring access to justice for all British Columbians. We have pursued principled, achievable and meaningful initiatives that address both the relatively simple and the more complex issues facing the justice system. ... [read more]

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:29 PM

Nova Scotia vulnerable feel ‘helplessness and disappointment’ in accessing justice, official says Luther

Nova Scotia has been pairing cutting-edge data gathering with old-fashioned legwork to address a lack of access to justice for the province’s most vulnerable — many of whom, it was found, have given up on the justice system. ... [read more]