Apr. 04, 2020 - Across the globe, courts are rapidly adapting their practices and procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a number of jurisdictions, hearings have been adjourned; procedures and timelines for filings have been amended; and limitation periods have been suspended. We have summarized...
A Paperless Courtroom: Embracing the Use of Electronic Trials
In this article, James Bunting, Chantelle Spagnola and Anisah Hassan discuss a number of innovative practices that were adopted by the parties and the court in the Husky v. Schad trial heard in the Ontario Superior Court (Commercial List) in late 2015 and show how the adoption of those practices allowed the parties to effectively and efficiently bring this large and complex piece of commercial litigation to trial on an expedited schedule. Of particular note, the procedure adopted by the court and the parties included the use of iPads by both counsel and the court; the “chess clock” method of allocating each party’s time at trial; evidence-in-chief by way of affidavit; cloud storage and transfer technology; and real-time transcription.
Apr. 03, 2020 - In an article posted to our website on March 18, 2020, we discussed the potential for the recovery of property and business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Our advice then was that while the pandemic would likely be considered a fortuity, it was uncertain whether, in the...