Blog 2020

Episode 5: New Judges on the Block

Host Caroline Mandell speaks with Justices Sheilah Martin, Mahmud Jamal and Alice Woolley about how to develop a judicial voice, the specifics of writing judgments compared to writing as an academic or as a litigator, and the role of editing software and AI tools in judgment writing.

Episode 4: Rethinking Reasons (and Everything Else)

Host Caroline Mandell speaks with Civil Resolution Tribunal Vice-Chairs Kate Campbell and Shelley Lopez about rethinking reasons. In this episode, we explore how CRT’s commitment to A2J carry through to its written decisions, measure parties’ satisfaction and more.

Episode 3: Easy Reading Is Damn Hard Writing

Host Caroline Mandell speaks with Justices Peter D. Lauwers and Shaun Nakatsuru, and decision-maker and lawyer Jennifer Khurana. In this episode, we explore the issue-driven structure and expose some challenges of writing for self-represented litigants.

Episode 2: Who’s Afraid of Plain Language?

Host Caroline Mandell speaks with professional editor Iva Cheung and language expert Cheryl Stephens about the challenges and benefits of plain language in legal writing.

Episode 1: Welcome to Judgment Writing School!

Host Caroline Mandell speaks with Justice John I. Laskin, language specialist Edward Berry and educator and consultant Steve Armstrong about the Canadian “judgment writing school.” In this episode, we explore the reasons why judges need to learn how to write judgments, even though they have spent a career reading them.