Covid-19: Canada’s Supreme Court to support virtual hearings

The Covid-19 pandemic is ringing in systemic alterations in the way wherein the branches of Government in Canada operate. The country’s Supreme Court has announced that it will, initially in history, start virtual hearings. That came as the Speaker of Canada’s House of Commons, equivalent of the Lok Sabha, said technology is at spot for start remote voting.


The Canadian Supreme Court has released a long list of matters that this will hear via video conferencing starting next week. In a statement, Chief Justice Richard Wagner said, “While the Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to seal our building to physical visitors for everyone’s safety and health, it hasn’t stopped us from doing our work. We are excited to invite everyone to our virtual courtroom for the first time.?, even though we may not be able to welcome members of the public to our physical courtroom?

These hearings is going to be live-streamed about the court’s website, as well as the platform that can be used for the purpose will likely make provisions for observers to “view” the proceedings while they would inside the actual court chambers in Ottawa.

Canada’s House of Commons may soon allow its members to vote on matters like legislation, as the Supreme Court is going virtual. Speaker Anthony Rota told a home Committee that they were “technically ready for virtual voting.”

The country’s Parliament was adjourned in March due to the coronavirus crisis, but special sittings related to the combating the disease and the various facets of its impacts have taken place. Some were in person, using a minimum variety of MPs in attendance, others were done remotely. Late last month, these focused sittings transitioned to “hybrid” sessions, with MPs joining in remotely although some were within the chamber.

The virtual vote could be a reality by the end of the month, being a spokesperson for the Government’s Leader in the home Pablo Rodriguez told the agency Canadian Press that they were “100 % in favour of electronic voting.”