The Need for Human-Centred Design in Ontario Courts

Human-centred design is an approach to problem solving. The approach takes inspiration from real people and how they use products. It involves making prototypes, learning how users interact with them, and refining the product based on feedback. The goal is to end with a user-friendly product. To learn more about human-centred design: read here. Our … Continue reading The Need for Human-Centred Design in Ontario Courts

Will There be Civil Jury Trials Next Year?

COVID-19 has delayed many civil jury trials, creating concerns of prejudice. In the recent decision of Saadi v. Silva, 2020 ONSC 6700, the plaintiff brought a motion to strike the jury after the trial was adjourned. In October, a jury was selected for the Saadi v Silva matter. However, after jury selection, Premier Ford announced that Toronto would … Continue reading Will There be Civil Jury Trials Next Year?

Helpful Tips for Getting Through the Work Day

With COVID fatigue setting in and winter coming, motivation to complete work may be in short supply. The Harvard Business Review released an article this week titled “Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Get through the Workday” by Alice Boyes.  Alice Boyes offers the following tips for beating the blues and carrying on with work: “Focus … Continue reading Helpful Tips for Getting Through the Work Day

Do Litigants Understand Remote Hearings? What should be done about it?

In a study conducted in England, it was found that 4 out of 10 parents involved in a remote family hearing did not understand it (Legalfutures Article). “Two-thirds (66%) of parents said they believed their case had not been dealt with well remotely, with 40% recounting that they did not understand their remote hearing – … Continue reading Do Litigants Understand Remote Hearings? What should be done about it?

What is Litigation Really Like?

Last week, I had the honour to speak to law students about the realities of litigation with Heather Hui-Litwin of Litigation Help. I addressed several topics, including common misconceptions of litigation and recommendations for books to read. For the sake of brevity, I will address only a portion of the talk. Common Misconceptions: Litigation goes … Continue reading What is Litigation Really Like?

Creating Online Parks and What Courts Can Learn from Them

“The public park is only one of many institutions that was created to enact America’s egalitarian values. At the turn of the 20th century, public libraries opened nationwide to help foster literacy. In the 1910s, a few communities in the Midwest embraced the radical notion of free, universal secondary education: high school.”- Eli Pariser (“To … Continue reading Creating Online Parks and What Courts Can Learn from Them

Do Peremptory Challenges Help Make a Jury More Impartial?

“Peremptory challenges, by enabling each side to exclude those jurors it believes will be most partial toward the other side, are a means of eliminat[ing] extremes of partiality on both sides… assuring the selection of a qualified and unbiased jury.” – Justice Scalia in Holland v Illinois. On October 7, 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada … Continue reading Do Peremptory Challenges Help Make a Jury More Impartial?

Electronic Court Filing in Ontario is Becoming More Common

Ontario’s courts are embracing electronic filing for cases. Currently, you can file many types of civil documents online and can file material for reference during a hearing. The two main systems being used are the Civil Submissions Online Portal (to file documents) and CaseLines (for electronic use of documents during hearings). To learn more about … Continue reading Electronic Court Filing in Ontario is Becoming More Common

Should We Clean Up Bad Speech With Artificial Intelligence Before It Happens?

Internet trolls are pervasive. Their comments can be found on websites, Apps (like Instagram), and online groups. “Once a message enters cyberspace, millions of people worldwide can gain access to it. Even if the message is posted in a discussion forum frequented by only a handful of people, any one of them can republish the … Continue reading Should We Clean Up Bad Speech With Artificial Intelligence Before It Happens?

New Culture Shift Towards Scheduling Court Motions in Ontario

“A litigation culture has arisen in this province over the last three decades which extols creating and litigating peripheral procedural disputes, instead of moving towards the timely adjudication of disputes on their merits. That culture now lauds, as the skilled barrister, the motions specialist, not the final hearing expert.” – Justice David M. Brown  Given the … Continue reading New Culture Shift Towards Scheduling Court Motions in Ontario