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Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 4:11 PM

‘There’s never been a more important time for law and legal education,’ says Osgoode’s incoming dean Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School

As the world deals with a rapidly changing climate and the implications of artificial intelligence (AI), Osgoode Hall Law School’s incoming dean believes “there’s never been a more important time for law and legal education.” ... [read more]

Monday, July 31, 2023 @ 12:36 PM

Boolean searches, bulky suits, memories are made of these | Gary Goodwin

I recently attended the 40th anniversary of my call to the bar to see colleagues I have not seen for years. This should normally be a time for personal reflection and spiritual growth. But I did spend the smallest amount of time contemplating the reflection in the mirror to make sure I had not grown too much physically. My decades of working out did treat me well. Yes, colour me shallow, and this was no longer high school. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 27, 2023 @ 12:56 PM

LSO allows ‘virtual verification of client identity with authentication’ effective Jan. 1

As of Jan. 1, 2024, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) will “allow virtual verification of client identity where the licensee determines that the client’s government-issued photo identification is authentic.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 @ 11:16 AM

Canadian court allows service via NFT ‘airdrop’ NFT on a parachute

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently allowed service of a Statement of Claim and a Mareva (“freezing”) Order via a non-fungible token (NFT) “airdrop” (distribution) into 13 cryptocurrency wallets for the purpose of notifying an unknown “John Doe” defendant. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 @ 2:50 PM

Legal experts question trailblazing AI disclosure directives from Canadian courts University of Waterloo professor Maura Grossman

Legal experts in professional ethics and computer science are questioning the recent trailblazing moves of two Canadian trial courts that issued novel practice directions requiring lawyers and litigants to disclose to the bench any use of “artificial intelligence” (AI) in their legal research and court submissions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 @ 10:03 AM

Use of AI by legal profession raises accuracy, reliability concerns | Ryan Flewelling and Neelum Raja

On June 23, in a first for a Canadian court, the Manitoba Court of King’s Bench issued a directive requiring parties to disclose if artificial intelligence (AI) was used in the preparation of court submissions. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 12:27 PM

Ontario investing $166M in digital justice platform Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey

Ontario is investing $166 million in an initiative to deliver more legal services online, which would replace paper-based procedures with a digital platform to support access to the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 4:10 PM - Last Updated: Thursday, July 13, 2023 @ 5:13 PM

Chief justice says disclosure directive aims at generative AI-aided legal research, submissions Yukon Supreme Court Chief Justice Suzanne Duncan

As Canada’s courts and tribunals consider what oversight they might give to the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in legal proceedings, the country’s smallest superior trial court has forged ahead with a broad practice directive requiring lawyers and litigants to inform Yukon’s Supreme Court of any reliance on AI in their preparation of legal research or court submissions. ... [read more]

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]

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]