Our Civil Justice System: What's Next?


Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.)

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2 h 30 m Substantive
30 m Professionalism

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  • The Honourable David Brown
    Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Falguni DebnathSenior Legal Officer
    Court of Appeal for Ontario

In February, we convened a program and explored changes to our Civil Litigation system to bring it into the 21st century, and many of you engaged in that challenging discussion. Then the pandemic struck, translating theory into stark reality. So, what’s next? Can we leverage this unprecedented situation to create lasting innovation without sacrificing central tenets of our system that protect plaintiffs and defendants? COVID-19 has shown that we can adapt quickly, and we are now able to seize the opportunity presented. Join us to be part of the next iteration of our legal future.

  • Identify process gaps revealed by the pandemic and what was done to meet them
  • Inventory "new" processes that are being implemented at trial and appellate levels
  • Discuss benchmarking of innovative steps taken to properly measure their success (or failure)
  • Propose how to move from temporary emergency measures to long-lasting and solid improvements 


  • The Honourable David BrownCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • Falguni DebnathSenior Legal OfficerCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Honourable Grant HuscroftCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Honourable Mahmud JamalCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • The Honourable Fred MyersSuperior Court of Justice
  • The Honourable Darla WilsonSuperior Court of Justice
  • Suzanne ChiodoProfessorWestern Law
  • Nadia CampionLax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
  • John AdairAdair Goldblatt Bieber LLP
  • Guy PratteBorden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Shantona ChaudhuryPape Chaudhury LLP
  • Merredith MacLennanMerovitz Potechin LLP

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