Virtual Dispute Resolution to Move Matters Forward
Despite the lifting of certain restrictions, the ongoing pandemic has created a disruptive backlog to our legal system. The courts are open, to a limited extent, but your clients continue to need you to progress their matters. Witnesses, clients, and counsel are still facing unpredictable circumstances, making traditional methods of dispute resolution inconvenient, and in some cases unsafe.
JSS Barristers offers virtual arbitration and mediation services with our easy-to-use video and teleconferencing solutions. Our space and resources are also available in person, for those who wish to do so. Our systems offer a secure way for your matters to be handled and, in this time of precaution, the safest way for matters to be resolved.
Through video and teleconferencing, our skilled mediators can host both plenary sessions and separate caucuses. The advantages of early resolution through mediation are more valuable now than ever. Even if a mediation does not result in a complete resolution, it clears the path for trial by satisfying the mandatory mediation requirements in the Alberta Rules of Court reinstated as of January 1, 2020.
Virtual Arbitration and Referee Processes
The benefits of arbitration and referee processes have now increased exponentially:
- The process can be relatively informal, customized and can capitalize on readily available technology;
- Trials, special applications, or other interlocutory matters can be taken out of the Courts and promptly decided by someone with the right background;
- Moving the matter forward to avoid dismissal for delay.
Throughout the pandemic, we have created strategies and practices that allow us to decide cases affected by, or related to, COVID-19. We can help you and your clients as well.
We have several secure technology platforms that are ideal for virtual arbitrations and mediations. We use TitanFile for secure file sharing and collaboration, which is a channel that parties can use to electronically share and serve pleadings, relevant records, briefs and arguments. In addition, we use Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom for multiparty video links. These platforms are ideal for virtual hearings and have the capability to share screens and documents throughout the process. Our tech team will provide the simple training needed in advance.