Nine great industry news stories from this week you may have missed.
Supreme Court chief justice says he's 'optimistic' about launch of virtual hearings
According to CBC, Chief Justice Richard Wagner is feeling optimistic about Tuesday’s launch of virtual hearings at the Supreme Court of Canada. He reportedly told the news network, “Although this pandemic was terrible, and is still terrible for every Canadian, we have to see some positive aspect to it and … one positive aspect to it is the chance, or the opportunity, to use more technology for the justice system in Canada.” Furthermore, he added that there is “no plan B” and the virtual meeting must work going forward. The Supreme Court hearings will take place through Zoom and will be live-streamed on the court’s website — a first in the Supreme Court’s history. Read the full story here.
Relativity Fest Goes Virtual
Big news came this week when Relativity announced they would be making their famous Relativity Fest a fully-virtual event in 2020 — and it will be completely free. The conference, which is considered to be the eDiscovery industry’s biggest networking and education event, is historically run over several days in Chicago each fall. Learn everything you need to know about this year’s Fest, here.
Clearview AI lets Canadians check if their data is stored in its database, but won’t delete it
Another week, another Clearview AI story. By now, you’re likely familiar with the U.S.-based facial recognition technology firm which came under scrutiny earlier this year when it boasted about collecting billions of photos from the internet to feed its facial recognition app. Several law enforcement agencies including the RCMP, Toronto and Edmonton Police have acknowledged using the software.
According to Mobile Syrup, Canadians can now reach out to Clearview AI to find out if their images are stored in its database. While those north of the border can request their data to not be sold to other companies, the question of whether the data can be deleted remains unanswered. Read the full story here.
Return to work includes strict occupational health and safety requirements with personal liability
As Canadians return to their workplaces, supervisors and managers will be personally liable to strict legal requirements and duties which carry charges and fines if violated. Adrian Miedema, a partner in the Toronto employment group of Dentons Canada LLP, told Canadian Lawyer, “This is not just an exercise in getting people back to work. It’s an exercise in complying with some very strict legal obligations, particularly in Ontario.” In Ontario, the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act puts board obligations on the “person responsible for a place of business.” If an individual breaches the obligations stated in their provincial health and safety code, they can be personally charged and fined. Learn all the details here.
Remote eDiscovery: Pandemic accommodation or improvement
David Greetham, VP of eDiscovery Sales and Operations for Ricoh USA, discussed the challenges associated with working remotely in the legal industry in an article published by Above the Law. The idea of a remote distributed workforce is not new, particularly to us in the world of eDiscovery. In fact, moving data storage, processing, analytics and review to the cloud remotely is an everyday occurrence. Tools that support remote work and collaboration, and technologies that support remote eDiscovery operations, have made this possible. Cloud technology, especially, has been a key driver. Even though professionals are increasingly dispersed, data is now increasingly “centralized.” Learn why David suggests document review is a decentralized, work-from-home affair, here.
Manage productivity with employees working from home
As economies open up after the COVID-19 crisis, companies are opting to integrate the work-from-home model as part of their operations. A recent Forbes article raises the following issues:
- Is the work-from-home model sustainable?
- How can companies manage this model?
- And, how can we ensure employees will operate at a high productivity level going forward?
Productivity is a multi-dimensional issue, and all the issues interrelate to one another. Before a company can go on a journey to improve its productivity (even in the work-from-home model), it must first understand how to measure and monitor productivity on an ongoing basis. Read the full article to learn how.
Courts need new ideas to safely resume jury trials, selection, lawyers say
Canada’s courts are going to have to be “creative” if they want to resume jury trials and selection while continuing to practice social distancing, says a legal mind. As some of the nation’s courts slowly restart certain operations, questions remain about how they will resume jury trials and the process of gathering large groups of people together to choose who will sit on a panel. Learn what some Canadian lawyer's suggest could help modernize the jury process on The Lawyer's Daily.
Firms shouldn’t ignore those who hate working from home
Working from home is tough: the kids might be in the background, your roommate might be using the living room and the endless Zoom meetings may be leaving you feeling weary. For some, working from home just isn’t for them. According to The Law Society Gazette, firms have realized that home working is possible and will be desperate to shed financial commitments on commercial property wherever they can. Some firms are announcing they will be leaving their high-rise offices and replacing them with smaller meeting spaces for those who want communal time. Read the full article to explore both sides of the debate and learn which direction firms may be taking post-COVID-19.
CPA Canada Breach Hits Over 300,000 Accountants
Over 300,000 Canadian accountants and related stakeholders have been hit by a breach of a professional member association. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) revealed in a statement that an unauthorized third party managed to access personal information after compromising the organization’s website. Over 329,000 individuals were notified and warned of follow-on attacks. Read the full story here.