August 03, 2020 Articles

Canadian Courts Endorsing Cross-Examination by Video

The courts are supportive of the use of video conferencing for all aspects of court proceedings.

By Daniel Urbas and Julie G. Hopkins

A recent case out of the province of Alberta demonstrates the willingness of Canadian courts to use video conferencing as a tool to facilitate court proceedings even where there is no express authority to order video conferencing.

The issue in Sandhu v. Siri Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara of Alberta, 2020 ABQB 359, was whether cross-examinations on affidavits should be deferred until COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions were lifted or whether they should be ordered to proceed by video-conference. 

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