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Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

New judge advocate general vows to correct delays and inefficiencies that mar Canada’s military justice system Exclusive

Commodore Geneviève Bernatchez says she and her team at the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are working to fix the delays and inefficiencies in the military justice system that were spotlighted by Auditor General Michael Ferguson in his recent hard-hitting report. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 @ 9:02 AM

Why law schools must teach innovation | Rebecca Lockwood

Innovation is everywhere these days, even in the legal profession. Lawyers aren’t typically described as such, but it is a characteristic that is increasingly sought after. As the legal landscape shifts — for economic and technological reasons among others — lawyers must do the same to keep up. And being innovative is key to this process. However, it’s not a quality that is traditionally developed in law school. Legal education must also move with our dynamic profession and build innovation into law curricula to adequately prepare future lawyers for practice. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

Fasken uses HighQ’s cloud-based tech for client collaboration portal Robert Garmaise

In a move that will allow the firm to better collaborate with clients and share information, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP is launching a cloud-based client portal. “We see opportunities to collaborate more richly on document authoring, review, archiving, signing documents, you name it. [We can let] clients launch new transactions that then become new documents. In our current framework, where we had things stored behind the firewall, we had great security here internally, but then we’d go to e-mail things and the security kind of disappears as soon as you do that,” said Robert Garmaise, chief innovation officer at Fasken. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Companies team up to make estate management, creditor notifications easier Patrick Hartford and Grant Goldrich

A long-established legal technology company is teaming up with a legal-tech startup with the goal of making it a more seamless process for trustees to manage estates and publish notices to creditors. ... [read more]

Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

OBA casebook printing initiative assists access to justice, environment Justin Nasseri sm

Printing casebook pages double-sided may seem like a small step toward making civil proceedings more environmentally friendly, but it’s an initiative the Regional Senior Judges Council (RSJ Council) has made mandatory as of June 15 after receiving a proposal from the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) advocating for reduced paper use. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:18 AM

Fantasy Courts asks players to predict how the Supreme Court will rule Thomas Slade

Forget basketball brackets, hockey pools and fantasy sports. Now Canadians can demonstrate their superior knowledge of Supreme Court decisions in an online fantasy court challenge. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 3:17 PM

Ontario expands online civil claims filing

The Ontario government has updated its civil claims filing system, allowing for the filing of additional document types. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Ontario legislature updates website

Even though the province of Ontario is in the midst of a provincial election, things have been happening behind the scenes at Queen’s Park, as the Legislative Assembly of Ontario has revamped its website. ... [read more]

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]