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Launch of Digital Hearing Workspace PoC

February 4, 2019  
Posted by: Sophie Espinosa
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Launch of Digital Hearing Workspace Proof of Concept in the Superior Court of Justice’s Commercial List court in Toronto

On February 11, 2019, the Ministry of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Superior Court of Justice, will be implementing a six-month proof of concept (PoC) of a digital workspace in the Commercial List court in Toronto.

About the platform

 

The Digital Hearing Workspace (DHW) is an online document management platform that enables parties to submit electronic copies of materials required for a hearing and provides authorized parties with 24/7 instantaneous access to event-related documents.

 

Developed and enhanced in consultation with a small number of users, including judges, lawyers and ministry staff, the platform will be accessible through an Internet browser, on multiple devices, including mobile.

During the length of PoC period, the current paper filing process of court documents will continue to be considered the official court record. The workspace replaces the submission of electronic documents on a USB device.

 

All users will be able to access technical support by emailing MAGinnovation@ontario.ca during regular business hours of 8:00am to 5:00pm.
 
Collecting user feedback

 

The PoC period enables the ministry to test the digital hearing workspace solution in a real environment with real users. Please encourage members of your organization to provide their feedback by completing the survey available on the platform. This feedback will be instrumental in identifying existing issues with and potential enhancements to the platform and developing new business processes.

 

At the end of the six-month PoC period, the project team will carefully review all user feedback and evaluate the results of the PoC to help inform possible next steps.
 
Further information

 

The DHW initiative supports the ministry’s strategic goal of ensuring a fair and accessible justice system and advances the ministry’s work towards building modern, streamlined electronic courts and tribunals.