The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of its Passing

In the “Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of its Passing”, trial lawyer Robert Katzbergreminds readers of the importance of the jury trial, why it is in danger of vanishing, and what makes a good trial lawyer. His arguments are grounded in stories from his experience of being a trial lawyer for … Continue reading The Vanishing Trial: The Era of Courtroom Performers and the Perils of its Passing

Why the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Has Barely Missed a Beat During the Pandemic

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has been fully functional for almost the entire time period during the pandemic. The court has easily transitioned to web-based hearings at the end of March 2020, – as announced here. Hearings are being heard in their ordinary order, in the same numbers as before the pandemic. Saskatchewan’s swift success … Continue reading Why the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Has Barely Missed a Beat During the Pandemic

The Future of Our Courts: Online Courts

“The Future Has Arrived — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed Yet.” – William Gibson In “Online Courts and the Future of Justice”, Richard Susskind proclaims that our courts are moving towards radical change. Conceived in the dark ages and modified in the 19th century, our courts are now overwhelmed by paper and archaic processes. The operations … Continue reading The Future of Our Courts: Online Courts

Blockchain Regulation and Governance Course

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology are considered by experts to be the biggest technological change since the invention of the internet. Since ancient times money has been the domain of governments. Because digital currencies such as Bitcoin are not created by governments as a central authority, and are being increasingly used to transfer wealth, regulators … Continue reading Blockchain Regulation and Governance Course

Third Party Funding: Can AI Help?

Recently Alan Freeman wrote about the use of artificial intelligence in third party funding of litigation, in his article “Intelligent Funding: Could AI Drive the Future of Litigation Finance”. Litigation funding, also known as third party funding, provides financing to plaintiffs and law firms to enable them to pursue their claims in return for a … Continue reading Third Party Funding: Can AI Help?

Are the Big 4 Accounting Firms Poised to Dominate Law?

In Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Richard Susskind predicts that the Big Four Accounting Firms would overtake law firms in the years to come. Susskind explains that the accounting firms were forced to deal with disruption earlier than law firms. In the course of adapting to the disruption, the large accounting firms became more streamlined and became more … Continue reading Are the Big 4 Accounting Firms Poised to Dominate Law?

Blockchain and the Judiciary

In Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott discuss the potential for blockchain in changing our world. Blockchain is a list of records (blocks) that are linked using cryptography. The list of records are permanent, open, and time stamped. The records are linked using … Continue reading Blockchain and the Judiciary

Predicting the Future of Legal Products

Content might be king, but distribution is the kingdom. – Derek Thompson In Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction, Derek Thompson explains what makes a hit. He argues that consumers are looking to try new things but are also afraid of anything new. So the goal for making a hit new … Continue reading Predicting the Future of Legal Products

The Ethics of Big Data in the Law

A basic premise of our legal system is that you are innocent until proven guilty. But what if we could predict who would offend using Big Data? At its core Big Data is about predictions. It’s about taking large data sets and applying math to infer probabilities.  In the Future of the Professions, Susskind predicts … Continue reading The Ethics of Big Data in the Law

Predicting the Outcome of Legal Cases: How Technology Promises to Help

Predicting the outcome of a case may be getting easier. The Toronto based product Tax Foresight, part of Blue J Legal, promises to do just that. Users enter facts into the program and an answer is provided. Professors Benjamin Alarie et al, explain in “Computational Legal Research and the Advocates of the Future” that the … Continue reading Predicting the Outcome of Legal Cases: How Technology Promises to Help