This Canadian-developed electronic case management system is a user-friendly platform that allows every Judge to access the entire Court file from wherever they are. This cloud-based integrated system also allows for filing and tracking of all Court documents, remote proceedings, and delivery of all Court services online.
Founded by Jeffrey Lanctot, a lawyer and Deputy Judge in Peterborough, Ontario in partnership with Tim Kennaley of Breken Technologies Group and Dye & Durham (TSX: DND) the team adapted and customized Breken’s already successful commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and integrated Canadian Municipal Services and Financial Services software solutions for legal application to the Canadian Courts and Tribunal systems. Through the process the team received input from other Ontario lawyers following demonstrations of the features & benefits and incorporated the changes to best match each province and applicable Court.
Today, Dockets organizes documentation for Judges, Court staff (including Court Registrars), lawyers and the public in a way that is familiar to all participants because it mirrors the organization, layout, and functionality of the Court’s current paper-system. Documents filed in the Dockets platform are organized by file folders that conceptually match participants’ expectations and accord with the governing Rules of Civil Procedure that set out the rules of Court. Further, each Judge and Court Registrar’s personal access home page provides direct access to each Court file through daily Court docket lists, assigned Court file lists and pending decision lists that allow for ease of access and response by Court Registrar and Judges alike.
Dockets provides each Judge with the ability to work in the manner that they have become accustomed to before COVID-19 by providing a seamless transition allowing each Judge to render their endorsements, their Orders and their Reasons for Decision in their preferred format (or even orally through embedded video-conferencing services).
This is truly an end-to-end solution that will modernize the Court system in a smooth & seamless way.
Operates on an adversarial system model. Some collaboration, but primarily adversarial Court methods observed within our systems
(1) Subject to Court Order, the record is not altered (i.e., once filed, always filed), personal notes and records of Judges and lawyers are not included within Court documents that are part of the record; (2) Provides record to support Court decisions and appeals; (3) Provides communication between all participating parties to a case.
Provides for calendaring and scheduling of matters within the Court system and record, not outside or independent from the Court file and record
Rules of Civil Procedure, Family Law Rules, Criminal Rules in Provincial Court, Small Claims Court Rules
Rules of Evidence must apply: e.g., exhibits are admitted into evidence once ruled upon by the Court for admission.
All Court data must be stored in Canada. As with paper Court files, electronic Court files must have proper security and backup measures in place.
The system must have imbedded operational constraints so that documents, calendaring and other features are constrained to operate within each of the above-noted constraints.
As one judge told us: "I like writing decisions. That’s my job. The Court staff each have jobs and they should be entrusted to perform their roles" (e.g., Court reporter controls recording, Court Registrar handles document filing, etc.).
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