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Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 9:25 AM

Lawyers’ use of augmented reality Augmentedreality

The start of the pandemic marked a significant turning point for technological adaptation within the legal realm. The incorporation of advanced technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and more recently, augmented reality (AR), has unlocked possibilities that are virtually limitless in both scope and scale. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 @ 9:30 AM

Manitoba law society to launch mandatory Indigenous training Sacha Paul, past president, Law Society of Manitoba.

This fall, lawyers in Manitoba will have to start taking a new course on Indigenous culture as part of their law society’s competency mandate — something the regulator’s departing president hopes will start a “voyage of understanding and empathy.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 @ 5:04 PM - Last Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 @ 10:10 AM

Educational requirement for Hong Kongers with Canadian work experience to be dropped Aug. 15: IRCC Federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser

Canada will next month remove the present requirement that Hong Kong residents with Canadian work experience must also have formal educational credentials in order to qualify for a pathway to Canadian permanent residence created specifically for Hong Kongers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Mulroney’s call to bar, KC designation a ‘mockery,’ process should be reviewed, lawyers say Anita Szigeti

As Ontario reintroduced the honorary title of King’s counsel (KC), one name on the list of those receiving the designation stood out: former attorney general Caroline Mulroney. Minister Mulroney was called to the Ontario bar just days before the designation was given, leading many in the profession to raise concerns with the process surrounding the awarding of the title. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 @ 2:04 PM

Judicial council to issue ‘guidelines’ for judges on use of ChatGPT, other AI tools in litigation Canadian Judicial Council spokesperson Johanna Laporte

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) is developing “guidelines” over the next few months to help judges deal with the ramifications of lawyers and litigants’ use of ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence (AI) tools in court cases, Law360 Canada has learned. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 @ 11:09 AM

Ontario Appeal decision illustrates perils of technicality defence Techscales

Queen’s University criminal law professor Ron Delisle many years ago admonished his students: “Don’t ever think you can build a criminal defence based on a technicality.” That advice should have been taken to heart in R. v. Dinall 2023 ONCA 474. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 @ 9:22 AM

Reporting to the lawyer from hell | Murray Gottheil

So, imagine that you are a newbie lawyer working for a firm. When looking for your first job, nobody told you that the most important consideration was to work for a competent person of good character, so you chose your job based on other factors which seemed important at the time, like prestige or money. ... [read more]

Monday, July 10, 2023 @ 9:56 AM

The legal profession and the evolution of artificial intelligence Robot finger touching finger of a man

As the legal industry continues to evolve with the advancement of technology, law firms and lawyers are constantly seeking new tools to improve their efficiency and productivity. One tool that has gained traction in recent years is ChatGPT. This tool allows users to utilize a chat function to ask questions, perform tasks and conduct substantive research. ChatGPT produces natural language responses and is trained on a substantial set of text found online as the basis for its responses. ... [read more]

Friday, July 07, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - Last Updated: Friday, July 07, 2023 @ 1:30 PM

SCC considers possible practice direction on use of AI in top court as more trial courts weigh in Eugene Meehan, Supreme Advocacy, Ottawa

The Supreme Court of Canada is among the courts mulling whether and what practice direction to issue to counsel and litigants about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in the preparation of Supreme Court materials, after two superior trial courts recently required disclosure to the bench of AI used in court submissions. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 06, 2023 @ 3:17 PM

How not to challenge validity of a regulation | Sara Blake

The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian Council for Refugees v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) [2023] S.C.J. No. 17, focuses mostly on Charter issues, which are discussed by other commentators. ... [read more]