I missed the new Ontario E-Discovery Rules of Civil Procedure which came into effect on 1 January. By “missed”, I mean that I knew about them but decided that it was a topic important enough to be put on one side until I had time to review them properly. That is not going to be this week, so instead I refer you to the thoughtful and well-hyperlinked commentary Ontario Rules of Civil procedure on e-Discovery come into effect by Ledjit whose Dominic Jaar I hope to see at LegalTech.
The other Canadian whom I hope to meet in New York is Justice Colin Campbell of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. My hoped-for visit to Canada last year did not happen, so this is a chance to catch up with him and with what has been happening there. Justice Campbell is a member of a judicial panel organised by Stratify which also includes Judge Simon Grenfell, Designated Civil Judge, Leeds and North Yorkshire, England, Magistrate Judge David Waxse and the UK’s Senior Master Whitaker.
I will catch up with Canadian developments in 2010. Meanwhile Ledjit’s article is a good introduction to the Ontario eDiscovery changes.
As I am about to publish this post, happy chance (aka Twitter, thank you @complexd for picking it up) points me to an article published yesterday on the highly-regarded Canadian legal site Slaw called Guidelines for Canadian Court Web Sites, which reports on an initiative instituted by Dominic Jaar in his capacity as CEO of the Canadian Centre for Court Technology to modernise the court web sites. My own web site redevelopment plans include many more resources, including pages for each jurisdiction where e-Discovery is relevant. Slaw will make the Canadian exercise relatively straightforward.