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Google Maps at Trial

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Although the courts may be slow to recognize and adopt technology, there are occasional glimmers of hope. In R. v. Calvert, the Court of Appeal confirmed that it is proper (at least in certain circumstances) for a trial judge to use Google Maps to assess the quality of the evidence in a case.

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GasTOPS and Long Trials

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The Ontario Court of Appeal does not appear to appreciate long, expensive trials, even in complex high stakes litigation.

When the the trial in GasTOPS v. Forsyth was completed in 2009, it was said to have "broken new ground" in Ontario for its use of electronic litigation tools.  The trial, which dealt with former employees taking clients away from their employee, involved thousands of exhibits and took over 295 days in court between 2002 and 2007.  At the end, it resulted in a decision by Justice Granger that awarded $11.4 million to the employer, plus over $4 million in costs.

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Calculating Costs Awards

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While most litigants are aware that an unsuccessful party in Ontario litigation will have to pay the successful party some costs, the details can be somewhat perplexing. As the rules on costs awards can be somewhat complex, many litigators struggle with this issue.  A recent case on costs provides a helpful explanation as to how a few common costs issues are dealt with by the courts.


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