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Group of Ontario lawyers petitions courts to keep proceedings virtual

The pandemic forced millions of court proceeding to go virtual over the past two years, a necessity in order to keep the wheels of justice moving.

Now, a group of family lawyers in Ontario wants virtual hearings to be the norm.


But while some lawyers are championing remote court, others say we shouldn’t ignore the drawbacks.

Criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt saidwhile there are merits to remote court appearances, some lower-income clients will be at a disadvantage if virtual becomes the default setting.

“Insisting on virtual proceedings in those cases could essentially [emphasize] the already gross disparity between the haves and the have nots in the justice system,” Spratt said.

“Balance is the exact word that we need to use.”


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