The Cyberjustice Laboratory (Laboratoire de Cyberjustice) in Montreal has launched a 6-year research initiative to examine artificial intelligence in the justice sector. This Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded project includes 16 sub-projects, and a multi-disciplinary and international team of 45 researchers and 42 partners.
The Autonomy through Cyberjustice Technologies (ACT) research project by the Cyberjustice Laboratory will provide greater understanding of the socio-legal and ethical underpinnings of applying and integrating artificial intelligence tools within the justice system. More information about this important research initiative, being led Professor Karim Benyekhlef, Direcor of the Cyberjustice Laboratory, is available in the press release, available in English here: http://cyberjustice.openum.ca/files/sites/102/PressReleaseACT.pdf, and in French here: http://www.cyberjustice.ca/files/sites/102/CommuniqueAJC-VFinale.pdf. Visit the Autonomy through Cyberjustice Technologies (ACT) website here: https://www.ajcact.org/.
Interesting (and rare) article on the business problems of a Toronto-area law firm trying to provide accessible services in today’s Globe and Mail.
There are a variety of issues tied up here, including providing accessible legal services to survivors of domestic abuse, multi-disciplinary partnerships, alternative business structures, and crowdfunding. The article also highlights a need for more discussion about how to run a sustainable legal practice to provide accessible services.
In the aftermath of the Vilardell/TLABC decisions in Canada, those interested in court fees and access to justice may be interested in current trends in the UK. There are a few articles on rising court fees in the UK, including this one in The Telegraph, this one in Global Legal Post, and this article in the South Wales Evening Post.
This article by Kathryn A Sabbeth examines public interest lawyering in the US, and argues that public interest lawyering should not be regarded as a market exception.
At the Winkler Institute blog, here is an article on the new Legal Information Technology offered by Osgoode.
At Open Law Lab, Margaret Hagan reflects on the “No Assholes Rule” and law.