As mentioned in an earler post, the final English and French versions of the JTAC National Model Practice Direction and National Protocol for the Exchange of Evidence in Electronic Form have been approved by the Canadian Judicial Council. They are expected to be posted on the Canadian Judicial Council website and on the LexUM E-Discovery Portal in Word and PDF formats.
Ottawa – September 11, 2007 – At a meeting of the Council, the National Model Practice Direction drafted by the Judges Technology Advisory Committee ("JTAC") after extensive consultation, was unanimously approved.
The Practice Direction will be translated into French and is expected to be posted on the LexUM Electronic Discovery Portal –http://www.lexum.umontreal.ca/e-discovery/ in October .
British Columbia and Alberta have already passed Practice Directions or Notes consistent with the JTAC standard. The Council has formally requested Chief Justices of other jurisdictions to consider implementing a Practice Direction for their own jurisdiction.
From the Court’s website:
"The Court of Queen’s Bench has developed Practice Note 14 to provide guidance to the legal profession and the public regarding the preparation, management and presentation of electronic evidence. This Practice Note was developed after extensive consultation with members of the profession representing law firms of all sizes, sole practitioners, and litigation support professionals.