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Friday, May 01, 2020 @ 1:17 PM

History made in Ontario courts: Counsel’s thoughts on virtual proceedings youtube_court_sm

In my first article in this series on Ontario’s virtual proceedings for the Nation Rise v. Minister of the Environment judicial review, I talked of how I had tried to put myself in the shoes of counsel during the hearing. I spoke with a few counsel on the case, before the hearing and after. Here are some observations and lessons learned. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 @ 9:55 AM

History made in Ontario courts: Virtual proceedings on YouTube youtube_court_sm

In the weeks since the COVID-19 global pandemic closed Ontario’s physical court facilities, under the leadership of Ontario Superior Court Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, history was made as virtual proceedings began to come to the fore. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 3:54 PM

CBA launches national task force to help with plans to reopen and improve justice system Vivene Salmon

Canadian Bar Association (CBA) president Vivene Salmon is chairing a new blue-ribbon national task force that will make recommendations for improving, and eventually gearing up, the justice system that has almost ground to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 @ 9:56 AM

Courts must continue modernization after COVID-19, Ontario judges say Justice_Frank_Marrocco_sm

The COVID-19 health crisis has “booted” courts into the 21st century, and they now must continue to “evolve” technologically to stay efficient in a new economic reality. These were some of the views shared on April 23 by four senior Ontario judges who participated in LexisNexis Canada’s Justice Adapting: The Courts, the first in a series of online discussions on how Canada’s justice sectors are coping with the ongoing pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Ontario law society CEO says COVID-19 ‘opens all of our eyes’ on how to be more efficient Diana_Miles_sm_3

The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) has implemented a long list of measures in response to COVID-19. From working with justice partners to establishing a will drafting legal service for doctors to providing financial and annual report filing relief measures, the regulator has been changing processes and providing practice directions while working remotely. ... [read more]

Monday, April 27, 2020 @ 8:41 AM

Wellness: My post-COVID hopes for the profession | Darryl Singer

Our profession has and will continue to suffer as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. From small boutique firms to large national firms, many have been forced to lay off staff, take on additional debt and forgo partner draws. Solo practitioners, particularly those whose income is dependent on Legal Aid or working clientele and a fully operational court system, have had much of their work dry up. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 23, 2020 @ 9:57 AM

Important for public to see legal system still operating: B.C. law society president B.C. law society president Craig Ferris

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant organizations throughout the world have had to adapt their procedures in order to ensure they stay operational and accountable to the public. Many have turned to electronic platforms to hold meetings, and the Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) has added its name to this growing list. The law society held its regular bencher meeting April 17 via Zoom, a videoconferencing system which has become more and more popular amid lockdowns and closures. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 @ 1:04 PM

Lawyers of the future: Virtual mooting in COVID-19 era | Sigma Samanta Khan

Whether a law student is an eager litigator-to-be or a shy public speaker breaking out of their shell, mooting is a traditional and universal rite of passage for all law students, and practising lawyers often fondly reminisce about their law school mooting experiences. ... [read more]

Monday, April 20, 2020 @ 9:01 AM

Technology and the courts: Now or never | Neil Wilson

The COVID-19 pandemic has ground justice to a halt together with the rest of society. The only way to keep going will be to finally embrace what the justice system has resisted for so long: the use of technology. As the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” — or, in our case, necessity may be the mother of finally applying long-available inventions to the trade of lawyering. ... [read more]

Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Welcoming e-advocacy: Advice on winning your first virtual appeal V&Wvideoconference

The world of advocacy is changing. With the advent of social distancing how we deliver legal services, and especially how we assist clients navigating the justice system in our courts, has changed abruptly and significantly. ... [read more]