Justice David Brown delivered a paper on 21 November 2014 at the Carleton County Law Association Annual Meeting in which he sets out a 5 point action plan for moving the judicial system towards achieving its fundamental goal – the fair, timely and cost effective determination of civil cases on their merits.
You can read it here: 2014.Carleton.Cty.LA.final.Mt.Tremblant.nov
This is “Part 2” to the paper Justice Brown presented last June at the OBA end of term dinner on creating a sustainable civil justice system. (My post on it is here.)
It offers some concrete solutions to some of the problems identified in the June paper.
The action plan is :
1. Front end assignment of trial dates upon close of pleadings;
2.Focus judicial resources on: interlocutory remedies to preserve status quo; case management to keep the proceedings within the time set for it, and final hearing on the merits;
3.Re-think the interlocutory process for determining production and discovery disputes;
4.Re-define hearings so as to allocate more time for judges to review material and less time for oral hearings in interlocutory matters, and hybrid rather than conventional trials;
5.Electronic filing, exchanging and managing case related information.