The Supreme Court of Canada made amendments to its rules on Wednesday, which will come into force on Jan. 15 and apply to all cases. The changes aim to increase the Court’s efficiency, in part through the use of technology, and reduce costs and labour to lawyers and the public alike in requesting documents or filing notices.
In a news release, the Court’s registrar said the amendments would, “amongst other things, enhance the efficacy of the Court’s leave application and appeal processes, including for the scheduling of hearings and the publication of reasons in appeals involving sealing orders, confidentiality orders and publication bans. They will also allow parties to serve originating documents electronically and to include hyperlinks in leave materials.”
Ewa Krajewska, a partner in appellate advocacy at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, welcomes the changes, which she describes as “a moderate modernization of the rules” that has evolved “gradually” over the years.