When it comes to the courts and COVID-19, necessity has definitely been the mother of invention. Same thing for litigation practice generally. Over the past nine months the pandemic has forced Ontario courts (and courts across the country) to modernize and implement technology for remote hearings and electronic filing of documents at an unprecedented pace. It was recently announced that more than 50,000 virtual or remote court hearings have been held over the past 9 months across Ontario. Beyond court hearings, litigators have similarly learned to do everything from initial client meetings to discoveries and mediations using remote videoconferencing technology. ... [more] Full article
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