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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]

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]