The Sedona Conference’s Working Group 7 (Sedona Canada) strives to create forward-looking principles and best practice recommendations for lawyers, courts, businesses, and others who regularly confront eDiscovery issues in Canada. The Sedona Canada Principles Addressing Electronic Discovery (the “Sedona Canada Principles”) was released in early 2008 in both English and French and was immediately recognized by federal and provincial courts as an authoritative source of guidance for Canadian practitioners. It was explicitly referenced in the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure and practice directives that went into effect in January 2010.
Have Your Say at the Sedona Conference Working Group 7 Meeting in Toronto
As a member of the Steering Committee, I am pleased to announce that we are holding a Working Group Meeting in Toronto on August 21, focused primarily on updating the Sedona Canada Principles for publication shortly thereafter. The ongoing goal is to ensure that they represent the consensus guidance of experts in the field representing all of the different types of stakeholders in Canadian litigation, including judges, government officials, in-house counsel from small and large corporations, plaintiff litigators, and defense litigators.
Upon request, the Sedona Conference will be providing temporary complimentary memberships to its Working Group Series for prospective WG7 members to encourage participation in this process and at the Toronto meeting. We will post the draft update to the Sedona Canada Principles by the first week of August.
I hope you will consider joining the dialogue for this important process, and help us in “moving the law forward in a reasoned and just way.”