Past Ontario Bar Association president David Sterns argues that we should defund the Ontario Civil Rules Committee. In its place we should involve new voices and take an inter-disciplinary approach to building the committee. I agree. We need to either supplement or change the Civil Rules Committee. We must look towards engaging new people. Let’s not just … Continue reading Should We Defund the Civil Rules Committee in Ontario?
In March 2020, courts across Canada have been forced to confront issues arising from social distancing measures. The Supreme Court of Canada is now allowing documents to be filed by email, with original paper copies to be filed subsequently at a later date. Further information can be found here. Similarly, the Ontario Court of Appeal … Continue reading Service and Filing by Email: Courts Are Being Forced to Adapt
In the New York Times article “5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please“, Dr.Newport discusses attempts to change the way we work in the knowledge economy. He gives the example of a German entrepreneur, who put in place a 5 hour workday. Employees arrive at 8am and leave at 1pm. Employees do not work until returning … Continue reading Eliminating Waste in Your Law Practice
In British Columbia, the Legal Services Society has launched a free, online service called “The Family Resolution Centre”. It is part of My Law BC(delivered by legal aid provider Legal Services Society). The Family Resolution Centre program of My Law BC helps separated couples create parenting plans online. The parenting plans deal with parenting … Continue reading Court Services of the Future: Online Mediation
“Society has been scrambling to catch up to this problem [the publication of intimate photos or videos online without consent] and the law is beginning to respond to protect victims.” – Justice Stinson in Jane Doe 464533 v N.D., 2017 ONSC 127 Gradually courts have been awarding damages for the tort of public disclosure of … Continue reading Privacy Rights in the Internet Age and The New Tort of Public Disclosure of Private Facts
Court forms are confusing. They are difficult to fill in and contain legal jargon. Even worst, the guides for court forms can be hard to follow. Especially, if you do not have a strong grasp of English or an understanding of the court system. I have personally witnessed numerous people struggle with court forms, … Continue reading Court Forms: Should They be Eliminated?
“Law is reason free from passion.” – Aristotle As a precedent based system, law lends itself nicely to predictive analytics. In predictive analytics, historical data is used to build a mathematical model. This model can then be used to predict what will happen next. As case law becomes easier to access, many companies are developing predictive … Continue reading Analyzing Court Decisions According to Judges
Through the Toronto Public Library, you can now access a licence to use Law Depot. Law Depot is an online program that allows you to create a free will, employment contract, marital contract, and so much more in a matter of minutes. I recently used it and was very impressed with how easy the program … Continue reading Law Depot: A Great New Legal Product
Recently the Toronto Star published an article on abusive workplaces for articling students. Although the broad range of abuse was not covered, it has been noted before by Dean Adam Dodek that the abuse ranges from unpaid or underpaid work, termination without cause, harassment, and the absence of proper supervision or feedback. In response, Dean Dodek … Continue reading Why Allowing Alternative Business Structures Could Help Articling Students
Many new judicial appointments are former lawyers with active social media accounts, including Twitter. Assuming that judges should be allowed to use Twitter, what are the rules? The National Judicial College posted useful rules here. The recommendations include: not engaging in ex party communications, not giving legal advice, not conducting independent judicial investigations, and not … Continue reading Should Judges be Allowed to Block Followers on Twitter?