Webinar, Panel 3 | How Will Technology Alter the Truth-Seeking Process and Its Legitimacy? (1:16:14)

Panel Three | How Will Technology Alter the Truth-Seeking Process and Its Legitimacy?
Wednesday, October 16, 2019  Ι  1:15 – 2:30 pm

Language: Mark J. Sandler (in English), Sophie Bourque (in French), Yves Boisvert (in French)

Accreditation: Accredited in provinces where CLE requirements for lawyers are mandatory (1 hr 15). / Specific accreditations: 1 hr 15 professionalism (Ontario) / 1 hr 15 ethics (Saskatchewan). / Formation dont l’admissibilité a été confirmée par le Barreau du Québec aux fins de la formation continue obligatoire, pour une durée de 1 h 15.

The fragmentation of information and communication ecosystems on social media, the rise and tolerance of “alternative facts,” and the erosion of well-resourced journalism, have together undermined the idea that there is an authoritative source of information and debate on questions of public significance. Moral debate takes place in this fragmented and polarizing information ecosystem, amongst like-minded people. The courts and judicial decision-making will not be immune from these changes. The truth-seeking process of the courts will become increasingly subject to scrutiny and reproach because of the role that the judiciary will play in maintaining respect for the courts and managing the impact of new technologies in decision-making. How can an impartial jury be formed in high-profile cases? How can jurors separate what they have seen, read, or heard on social media from the evidence presented in court? How are trial leaks contained?


  • The Honourable Justice Georgina Jackson, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan


  • Mr. Mark J. Sandler, Criminal Defence Lawyer; Senior Partner, Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, Toronto
  • The Honourable Justice Sophie Bourque, Superior Court of Québec
  • Mr. Yves Boisvert, Columnist at La Presse, Montreal

2019 Annual Conference on “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Social Media on Legal Institutions”