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
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
You name it, there is probably a court form for it. A form for service. A form for requisitioning something. A form for confirming something. A form for costs. A form for a back page. And so on. Navigating these forms requires experience and ideally a law degree. But the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants … Continue reading Court Forms: Confusing by Design
In Ontario, our courts love paper. Maybe the judges and the staff loved the 1990s. I certainly did. But some things are better left in that decade, like the annoying toy Furby and paper filing. This past week, I had to file two motion records with the court. Unfortunately, I was cutting it close to … Continue reading Paper Filing: For Shame!
Technology allows us to move from paper filing to electronic filing. But, justice demands that we move from paper to electronic filing. In a democracy, people are entitled to have access to public records. Currently, the Supreme Court of Canada has electronic filing. I recently wrote about the assisted dying case Carter v Attorney General … Continue reading E-Filing: The Time is Now for Ontario Courts