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Open courts during the pandemic

Our latest blog post looks at the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on the court system.

Anthony Moustacalis

Anthony has practiced advocacy for over 35 years in criminal law and general litigation. He is a Board member of The Advocates’ Society, was the President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association 2013-2017 and has litigated appeals and trials since 1984.

Anthony is a Board member of The Advocates’ Society, was the President of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association 2013-2017 and has litigated appeals and trials since 1984. He has conducted 1000s of trials, over a 100 appeals and enjoys complex legal issues and advancing public policy related to access to justice and AI and the courts.

News

Open courts during the pandemic

Open courts during the pandemic

Recently, the Ontario Court of Justice has announced a near shut down of court operations because of the Covid19 virus. While this makes medical sense, and reflects the emergency and quarantine laws of our governments, I wonder about the impact of such a restriction to access on the open court principle – that justice must be seen to be done.

In the Media

Appeal Court case shows uneven playing field for unrepresented appellants, say lawyers

Appeal Court case shows uneven playing field for unrepresented appellants, say lawyers

Recently, the Ontario Court of Justice has announced a near shut down of court operations because of the Covid19 virus. While this makes medical sense, and reflects the emergency and quarantine laws of our governments, I wonder about the impact of such a restriction to access on the open court principle – that justice must be seen to be done.