Virtual court operations in Saskatchewan

Despite the availability of virtual technology, it remains impossible in many Canadian courts to file court documents online, or hold video hearings. This article argues that Canadian court systems face two options during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. First, resign themselves to pause the vast majority of civil matters indefinitely, risking the loss of public confidence, and lack of justice, which could result;
  2. Alternatively, use this time to make swift investments in e-filing systems, and video technology, to allow virtual operations to continue as normal.

The rule of law is not something that society can suspend indefinitely. In an era in which many people conduct their lives online, the legal profession should embrace virtual court processes to maintain public access to court services.

For more information, please contact:

 

James D. Steele

306.933.1365

Email: j.steele@rslaw.com

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