Courts would benefit from efficiency of e-scheduling

As provinces such as British Columbia look at ways to introduce more technology into courtrooms, e-scheduling of court dates is one issue that needs to be tackled, as it will lead to greater efficiencies in the court system, Toronto business lawyer Inga Andriessen tells The Lawyer’s Daily.

The article notes that the B.C. government is studying ways to improve access to justice and the court system through the increased use of technology via the Court Digital Transformation Strategy (CDTS), including looking at court scheduling and ideas on how courts can use artificial intelligence to improve efficiency.

Broadly, says Andriessen, principal of Andriessen & Associates, the e-scheduling of court dates is not difficult in this day and age when so many platforms have scheduling capabilities that allow lawyers to electronically book.

“All lawyers are registered with the law society, so you could give each lawyer a PIN number that dials right into the courthouse. The biggest issue in the courts is scheduling, so software like that would be a massive help — it would avoid a bunch of unnecessary travelling time and make the courts run more efficiently for everyone,” she says in the article.

However, she adds, the use of videoconference “depends on the situation,” as of the challenges when you are doing advocacy is that “you need to able read the room.”

“There’s a lot going on, but if you do it electronically, I don’t know if that works the same way,” says Andriessen.

“Then, of course, as much as you have the world’s greatest internet connection, it can still go down. That’s a big problem if you are in the middle of an argument,” she adds.

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