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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Blockchain and smart contracts: Hype or opportunity? blockchain_conracts_sm

With all the current volatility in cryptocurrencies, it’s easy to dismiss them as a passing fad. However, the technology used does have some long-term utility and will likely change many aspects of modern commerce and potentially the practice of law. ... [read more]

Monday, May 27, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Access to Justice: Action Committee summit all about change | Beverley McLachlin

In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a-changin.’ ” In order to truly achieve access to justice across Canada, the justice sector needs to embrace change. The discussions at this year’s Annual Summit of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters reflected this need. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 8:48 AM

Is AI coming to a legal transcript near you? voicerecognition_button_sm

We ask Alexa to play songs from the ’70s. We ask Siri for a weather report. We dictate e-mails and text messages to our phones. We speak into machines and they do things for us. They seem to understand us. But is this technology up to the task of preparing important documents like legal transcripts? ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 2:11 PM

Parental benefits: one size does not fit all prof w baby_sm.jpg

“Your Honour, before we begin I just wanted to apologize for my attire. I had a baby eight weeks ago and don’t yet fit back into my robes.” This is what I uttered at the beginning of a guardianship hearing in February 2018. No longer pregnant, it was not obvious why my robes didn’t fit and I didn’t want my open waistcoat to become a distraction or make me appear forgetful or sloppy. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 09, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

Determining best interests of trans and gender non-conforming children Transgender_jpg

Family court judges are increasingly being asked to make decisions revolving around a child’s transgender identity or gender non-conforming (GNC) behaviour. ... [read more]

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]