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Monday, September 14, 2020 @ 7:55 AM

Virtual justice in COVID era comes at a heavy cost, legal scholars say Vincent Denault

Months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the near shutdown of courts across Canada and paved the way for virtual justice, a Quebec lawyer and researcher is hoping that judges and lawyers will be alert to the unintended consequences of conducting justice through the use of technology. ... [read more]

Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 1:45 PM

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench embraces technology Martel_Popescul_sm

Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench has adopted new case management technology its chief justice says will “totally revolutionize” that court system. ... [read more]

Friday, September 11, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

Writing for lawyers: Thriller? News flash? Memorandum? There’s a difference writervector

Here’s a fun exercise — take a pen and throw it at a lawyer. Chances are you’ll hit someone who aspires to write a thriller or become a journalist. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 09, 2020 @ 1:58 PM

The Coach: What does COVID-19 mean for you? | Gary Mitchell

COVID-19 is the largest global disruption in modern history. And what history tells us is that we are never going back to the way things were before, at least not completely. ... [read more]

Friday, September 04, 2020 @ 8:42 AM

Court vs. commercial arbitration after COVID: Adapting to the virtual virtual_law_sm

Five years ago, my colleague Gannon Beaulne and I published an article in The Advocates' Journal (Summer 2015 at pages 11-21) titled Making up your mind: Trial litigation versus Arbitration in the Commercial World. The title was derived from the well-known song by the Lovin' Spoonful: “Did you ever have to make up your mind?/ You pick up on one and leave the other behind./ It's not often easy and not often kind./ Did you ever have to make up your mind?” ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2020 @ 12:56 PM

Ontario reopens more family law courtrooms, expands other virtual services

The Ontario Court of Justice is continuing its phased reopening for in-person family law proceedings and is expanding remote services for virtual criminal case management and Provincial Offences Act matters. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 03, 2020 @ 8:43 AM

Law school, new technologies and access to justice | Jasmine Taillefer BTLS

With the current pandemic, law students in Canada have faced new and unfamiliar challenges in regard to their academic and professional journey. Consequently, this present-day reality is constantly impacting the future of the legal profession. As a JD student myself, I had to navigate a law career while dealing with the global pandemic leading to many reflections and interrogations concerning the future reality of Canadian jurists. This article will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on law students, which law faculties and stakeholders should take into consideration. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 1:18 PM

Navigating the modern courtroom: Ontario steps up | Karen Heath

In the first two articles in this series, it would be fair to say that my musings on modernizing Canadian courts have carried somewhat of a disparaging tone. It is true, I rode in from The Hague on a high horse, armed with technology best practices from the International Criminal Court I thought were sorely lacking in our justice system. While I do stand by my previous convictions, I offer something different today: a rosier outlook. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Alberta Court of Appeal launches public portal of digital management system

The Alberta Court of Appeal has launched the public portal of its digital Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS). ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 02, 2020 @ 11:59 AM

Thriving as a law student in COVID-19 era | Nadine Tawdy Back to Law School

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected all students and professions across the world. While some have witnessed their businesses crash, other have seen their businesses bloom. While some found themselves to be more productive at home, others had to face the reality of spending days at home in precarious conflictual situations, all while maintaining productivity. Mental health is at an all-time low and working from home turned into living at work. This has sparked many discussions surrounding students and professionals’ habits and routines, namely how to remain efficient and motivated through a completely virtual world. ... [read more]