It has recently been reported that jury trials may resume soon. The Toronto Star reported the following: “Canada’s justice system has no intention of holding Zoom jury trials — or cancelling them. That means … thousands of others may soon find themselves called into an Ontario courthouse, reporting for jury duty amid the ongoing pandemic … Continue reading Online Juries?
Recently, the Ontario government has made large strides in introducing CaseLines and the Court Case Search Portal. CaseLines operates in conjuction with existing conference tools, like Zoom. It is a document sharing platform. CaseLines is not an e-filing system. It is a platform that will require parties to upload documents in advance of a hearing. At this time, … Continue reading Details on CaseLines – New Ontario Electronic Court System
The delivery of legal services is changing. Author Mark Cohen writes in “Big Money is Betting on Legal Industry Transformation” that law is a trillion dollar market with no Goliaths. The industry is fragmented and ripe for transformation. Law firms are becoming a smaller segment of the legal supply chain. Cohen predicts that “the hegemony … Continue reading Advice for New Lawyers in a Changing Legal Market
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
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?
This June 2020, I had the opportunity to speak to Global Lawyers of Canada about grit and happiness in the law. I was so honoured to speak to the group about my research. Above is a video of our presentation. Below are links to previous blog posts outlining my research on growing grit and happiness … Continue reading The Power of Grit and Happiness in the Law: Speaking to Global Lawyers of Canada
The Ontario government is considering granting immunity from civil lawsuits related to COVID-19. Other jurisdictions have already done so to varying degrees. In New York, Governor Cuomo signed legislation immunizing health care providers for medical decisions that they make in the course of treating victims of the pandemic. (Reported in the New York Times.) Similarly, in British … Continue reading Should the Government Grant Immunity From Civil Lawsuits Related to COVID-19?
“It wasn’t that long ago in Canada when our justice system put a Black judge on trial for acquitting a Black boy of allegedly running his bike into an officer’s leg – her offence? Speaking truth to power by stating that sometimes police over-react when dealing with Black youth.” – Professor David Tanovich @dtanovich In R … Continue reading Revisiting R v. S. (R.D.), 1997: A Case About a Black Judge on “Trial” for Acquitting a Black Boy
Recently lawyers have been debating online about whether the rules about affidavits of service should be reformed. Particularly in the context of serving documents by email, and there is a clear record of service. Service is important. It ensures that parties know about important court events before they happen. Sometimes self-represented litigants do not know … Continue reading Should Affidavits of Service Be Required?
In 4352238 Canada Inc. v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., 2020 ONCA 303, the Ontario Court of Appeal heard arguments on whether an appeal should be heard in writing only. Deviating from the usual mode of oral and written submissions. The appellant objected to the matter being heard only in writing. Despite the objection, the court held that … Continue reading Ontario Court of Appeal Hearing Some Appeals in Writing