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Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 8:40 AM

The legal landscape in the COVID-19 era | Gina Rhodes

There is no doubt that COVID-19, its effects and certainly the uncertainty of the future has already gravely impacted the legal profession. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

‘Paper-based system is not going to exist anymore,’ Chief Justice Morawetz says of post-COVID-19 court Chief_Justice_Geoffrey_Morawetz_sm

As the COVID-19 pandemic has turned society on its head, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has been rapidly trying to adapt. Under the leadership of Chief Justice Geoffrey Morawetz, the court has adopted electronic filings and virtual hearings in an effort to continue current operations and with a plan to not go back to the status quo of a paper-based system. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

Six positive things about COVID-19 and working | Jana Schilder

We have not faced a pandemic as aggressive as COVID-19 since the Spanish Flu of 1918. Life as we know it has ground to a halt. “Social distancing” is the phrase for 2020. We have new stresses in our lives coping with what is essentially house arrest, but for our own good. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 10:40 AM

Wisconsin election schmozzle lesson for everyone Wisconsin

Does anyone remember the Iowa caucus voting app disaster? Way back in the halcyon days of Feb. 5, 2020 B.C. (Before COVID-19), voters in Iowa hoping to choose the next Democratic presidential candidate found themselves in a technological quagmire when the software developer could not determine who the next Democratic winner in that state was, and counting the votes took several days to figure out. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 9:47 AM

Quebec allowing notaries to sign documents remotely during pandemic but issues remain Isabelle Couturier

Under pressure to deliver legal services in spite of Quebec’s public health state of emergency, notaries in the province have been given the go-ahead by the Quebec Ministry of Justice to sign notarized documents remotely. Under an order-in-council on essential services issued by the Quebec government on March 23 and extended until May 4, notaries, lawyers and bailiffs are deemed to offer essential services, giving them the choice to remain open. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 @ 8:34 AM

Virtual proceedings are here: Now to do them effectively headphones_computer_sm

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily. It is clear is that “normal” will not return for some time … if ever. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 07, 2020 @ 1:12 PM

Exposed: What COVID-19 has taught us | Gary Joseph

The COVID-19 virus is a risk to all but specifically it targets and exposes the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. In the same way the pandemic has exposed our court system for what it is, an “elderly” system developed to service a 1970s population drowning in a media/web savvy 21st century. Our judicial and court leaders are struggling to make it work in an environment where failure is inevitable. The structure of our courts and the supports built around it are paper intensive and people intensive. They cannot adept quickly to the fast-changing environment. This is not a criticism of our judicial leaders but a sad refrain for those who long ignored the need to upgrade technology and facilities. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 1:46 PM

The effects of pandemic on international arbitration virtual_meetings_international

The arbitral community has been turned upside down by COVID-19, like every other sector of the legal industry and the broader business community. Many hearings are being adjourned as people are restricted from travelling or forced into self-isolation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 10:28 AM

Show of hands: Virtual annual general meetings virtual_voting_sm

As all levels of government in Canada continue to impose increasingly restrictive physical distancing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, not-for-profit and charitable organizations are facing unprecedented challenges in connection with holding their upcoming Annual General Meetings (AGMs). ... [read more]

Thursday, April 02, 2020 @ 4:33 PM

Nova Scotia court to allow virtual affidavits

As part of efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is taking the unorthodox step of allowing the virtual swearing of affidavits. ... [read more]