The Power of Technology and its Role in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Arena
BY HON. ELIZABETH BONINA, J.S.C. (RET.)
As a former Justice of the Supreme Court, I have seen first-hand how technology has impacted legal proceedings within the courtroom. From technology-based evidence presentations and electronic submissions, to “day in the life” videos by plaintiffs demonstrating the daily challenges their clients face to video conferenced expert witness testimonies – technology permeates nearly every facet of today’s modern legal proceeding.
Subsequently, as parties increasingly seek to settle their cases outside of the courtroom using alternative methods, such as arbitration or mediation, the role that technology plays, provides endless opportunities to assist in the dispute resolution process. In my current role as a neutral for NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation), I have seen how the use of technology during these proceedings is key to a successful mediation or arbitration.