Top Court Truly Wired

Simon ((the other Simon)) reported from the Lexum Conference on Justice Bastarache‘s speech on the Supreme Court of Canada’s technology plans.

Completely unofficially, here is a picture from last Wednesday, showing the extent of the court’s commitment – every place at the counsel table is wired, the central desk from which counsel addresses the court looks like a command centre. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

Supreme Court of CanadaI didn’t have a chance to peek behind the judges’ area – I suspect that is permanently off-limit to mere mortals – but I suspect that the bench will be similarly wired. As the court moves to digital factums, counsel will need to be nimble with the mouse as well as the orator’s tongue.


  1. Got a bigger picture Simon? very cool.

  2. Sorry Steven – that was taken (illicitly, I suspect, I haven’t checked the Supreme Court Rules or the Security Policy) with my BlackBerry Pearl – not quite a digital marvel.

  3. More details available from

    The website obviously does not describe the various security and surveillance measures installed in the new courtroom. You’ll have to guess where all the bullet-proof stuff is…