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Technology in Litigation: What can we do and why should we do it?

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Credits
Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 2.0
2 hours
Published
2022
Presenter(s)
Peter Bawden
David Parke
Eadit Rokach
Jonathan Rosenstein
Tamara Sugunasiri
Brian White
Source
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
2 hours
Price
$149.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Technological tools have become a mainstay of the modern courtroom.  Counsel must either adapt to this new reality or be left behind.  This presentation will focus on best practices for the use of technology in the preparation and presentation of a case in both a civil and criminal context.  In addition to experienced criminal and civil counsel, our panel members also include two members of our Judiciary as we provide input on getting the most of currently available software.

Our presentation will focus on two key aspects of the modern day civil and criminal file, being the use of CaseLines and Zoom.  We will begin our presentation with an exploration of CaseLines including how to file and ultimately present your case.  We will then provide tips and tricks on the best ways to use current software (including Adobe and PowerPoint) so that you can get the most out of CaseLines and Zoom.  We will complete our discussion by reviewing the benefits and pitfalls of virtual proceedings.

Join us to learn how best to use technology to successfully prepare your case for virtual proceedings.

Presenters

The Honourable Peter Bawden

Justice Bawden was a proud member of the TLA Board of Directors at the time of his appointment to the Superior Court in October 2017. His Honour spent many happy hours working in the TLA library in the years preceding his appointment and still describes it as the best working law library in the city. Justice Bawden was assigned to the Criminal Team at 361 University when the pandemic struck in March 2020. Since that time, he has presided by Zoom over bail reviews, section 469 bail applications, judicial pre-trial conferences, and lengthy criminal trials. He describes himself as a guarded optimist regarding the future of virtual criminal proceedings.

David Parke Assistant Crown Attorney

David Parke is an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Durham Crown Attorney’s Office and is currently on secondment to Ministry of the Attorney General’s Drugs and Impaired Driving Prosecution Team. His work focuses on constitutional challenges, issues of statutory interpretation and complex prosecutions regarding impaired driving offences.

For the past 6 years, David has been a director of the MAG Summer School Course “Technology in Litigation,” a week-long program by Crowns for Crowns. His hope is to inspire lawyers to use technology in the same way that teachers do: helping judges and juries understand cases using new programs and tools to help facilitate learning. David’s focus is on hands-on learning – it’s one thing to tell people they should use technology in the courtroom, but it’s another thing to teach them how.  

Eadit Rokach Assistant Crown Attorney

Eadit Rokach graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999. She has been an Assistant Crown Attorney at the Scarborough Crown Attorney's office for 17 years. She has extensive criminal litigation experience conducting trials at the Ontario and Superior Court of Justice with particular knowledge conducting dangerous offender hearings.  

Jonathan Rosenstein Civil Litigator

Jonathan Rosenstein is certified as a specialist in civil litigation and practices at his own firm RosensteinLaw in Toronto. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appeals, and he frequently appears in courts of all levels in Ontario. For many years, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law teaching advanced civil procedure.

The Honourable Tamara Sugunasiri

The Honourable Madam Justice P. Tamara Sugunasiri was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in June 29, 2021. Prior to that she was a Master of the Superior Court of Justice. Before her time on the bench, she was a senior litigator at the Department of Justice, practising in the areas of tort, administrative law and commercial litigation. Justice Sugunasiri graduated from Windsor Law in 1998, having completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy in 1995 with a focus on access to justice. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000. Justice Sugunasiri has taught paralegal courses in civil litigation and legal writing and research for Humber College, and she continues to be faculty for various courses and CPD programs, including Osgoode Hall’s part-time Civil LL.M. course. Recently Justice Sugunasiri founded and funds an Access to Justice Award at Windsor Law to recognize a first year student who demonstrates exceptional dedication to improving access to justice in Ontario.

Brian White Assistant Crown Attorney

In 2004, Brian received his Bachelor of Laws, with distinction, from the University of Western Ontario and was awarded the David C. Scott Memorial Award for high academic achievement and outstanding contribution. After graduating, he articled with the London Crown Attorney’s Office and was subsequently hired after his call to the Bar in 2005. Since joining the Ministry, Brian has participated in two major case prosecutions with the OPP’s Biker Enforcement Unit. Project Retire was a province-wide arrest of more than 50 members and associates of the Outlaws Motorcycle Gang. Brian was also on the Project Octagon prosecution team. Project Octagon was one of the largest mass murders in Canadian history and is known worldwide as “The Bandidos Massacre”.

In addition to work in the courtroom, Brian has presented across North America on various legal issue including expansive use of technology in litigation, impaired driving, high risk offender matters, and ethics & professionalism. During his time with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Brian has received 5 awards recognizing excellence in Innovation [x2], Teamwork [x2] and Outstanding Achievement. Brian is also one of the four founding course directors for the Ontario Crown Attorney’s Association educational program entitled Technology in Litigation. This course provides training to prosecutors on the use of technology to prepare their case and, through innovation, enhance the impact and comprehension of trial evidence. In his spare time, Brian has spent the last several years working with Western University’s Pre-Law Society by assisting with their annual moot court competition.

Brian can be reached at brian.white@ontario.ca.

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