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Wednesday, July 27, 2022 @ 12:42 PM

Digital platform for filing criminal charges now available across Ontario Doug Dwoney, Attorney General

On July 27, the Ontario government announced the provincewide expansion of the eIntake digital platform for filing criminal charges as the system is now available in the Eastern region. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 14, 2022 @ 4:14 PM

Accessible information for online hearings needed, broadcast appellate courts: U of T researcher Jérémy Boulanger-Bonnelly, University of Toronto

A study done by a University of Toronto (U of T) researcher on public access to online hearings during the pandemic has highlighted the importance of privacy and security while maintaining the open court principle, identifying best practices for the courts moving forward. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 2:52 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 3:14 PM

‘Chaos’ in court during Rogers outage, contingency plan needed, lawyers say Alison Craig, Posner Craig Stein LLP

As the federal government directs Canada’s major telecommunications companies to come to “a formal agreement within 60 days” to ensure resiliency of Canada’s networks, lawyers are speaking out about their experiences in the justice system as millions of Rogers users, including the courts, were without Internet on July 8. ... [read more]

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 2:42 PM

Mediation: Moving beyond the virtual vs. in-person debate Scales of justice in the cloud

In my previous article about virtual mediation for this publication in early January, I boasted that I was “reasonably confident we won’t return to in-person mediations this year, nor will they be the default mode beyond that.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 08, 2022 @ 10:32 AM

Arbitration in the metaverse: You can’t go back again Hand holding a globe in the metaverse

This is the third in a three-part series that examines the role the metaverse could play in the future of dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. In the pervious articles, Anthony Daimsis explained what led to the University of Ottawa becoming the first law faculty to run a moot in the metaverse and the pros and cons of running a hearing in the metaverse. In this third article, Barry Leon will comment on these observations and draw on his own experience in conducting virtual arbitrations to offer his perspective on how virtual reality technology may have a transformative role in dispute resolution, even if it is in its infancy. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 06, 2022 @ 9:58 AM

Arbitration in the metaverse: Access to justice Hand holding metaverse globe

This is the second in a three-part series that examines the role the metaverse could play in the future of dispute resolution, with a focus on arbitration. In the previous article, Anthony Daimsis explained what led to the University of Ottawa becoming the first law faculty to run a moot in the metaverse. This article describes the pros and cons of running a hearing in the metaverse. In the third article, Barry Leon will comment on these observations and draw on his own experience in conducting virtual arbitrations to offer his perspective on how virtual reality technology may have a transformative role in dispute resolution, even if it is in its infancy. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 12:27 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022 @ 1:25 PM

Conference continues celebration of federal courts’ golden anniversary Chief Justice Paul Crampton, Federal Court of Canada.

Speakers at a conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of Canada’s federal courts noted the need to balance remote hearings versus in-person appearances, while stressing the importance of having bodies in the courtroom. The use of remote technology by the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic and the gradual return to in-person hearings was a key talking point on June 27, the first day of a delayed three-day symposium marking the golden anniversary of the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, June 27, 2022 @ 8:05 AM

Amber and Johnny and Z | Gabriel Latner

I wish I could say I kept my nose entirely out of the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga, but that would be a lie. The combination of star power and apparently incompetent lawyering is irresistible, and so I found myself chuckling along to some of the choice video clips that did the rounds online. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 2:34 PM

The point of mediation is apparently in the eyes of the beholder | AJ Jakubowska

I thank my esteemed colleague, Gary Joseph, for his generous comments at the beginning of his piece entitled “Yes, advocacy and mediation can exist together” (June 8). In it, he was responding to my jaunty tips for undermining mediation even before it starts, appearing earlier in this publication (June 6). I am replying not because it is my nature to insist on having the last word. Rather, I am interested in continuing this friendly debate and I invite others, as I am sure does Gary, to contribute further ideas to the topic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 @ 1:18 PM

How AI can make background checks smarter Robot picking up a switched on lightbulb

In today’s high-stakes deal-making environment, yesterday’s due diligence background checks that rely on simple Google searches and personal references won’t cut it. What’s more, the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that investors can’t always rely on in-person interaction to evaluate potential business partners, and thus, risk management solutions need to hold up even when exchanges happen online. ... [read more]