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More than twenty years ago, it became possible to access government databases using a personal computer and a modem. In a letter to Mr. Graeme Garson, then C.E.O. of The Law Society, Mr. Ronald Coke outlined the activities of his firm regarding such access and suggested several issues for consideration by The Law Society. Quoted from the letter, these issues were:

  • "Appropriate participation in development, in particular to ensure 'fair access' for members of the profession";
  • "'Level of reliance issues' in utilizing the databases";
  • "Longer term considerations such as those relating to possible electronic registration".

Mr. Coke saw that technological change would affect the interaction between the profession and the government, regardless of whether or not the profession was involved in the process. In his letter, he recommended the formation of a database committee, which subsequently recommended the creation of LDRC as answer to the issues before the profession. Beginning in 1989, the corporation was able to offer access to the Land Titles, Personal Property and Corporate Registries as well as the Statutes of Manitoba (CCSM) and the Hansards of the Legislature.

LDRC continues to work on behalf of the profession to ensure that the new or altered systems proposed by government answer those issues presented to the profession more than a decade ago. The principles of equality of access and maintenance of standards are as important now as they were in that original letter.

Databases have been added and removed by the province and the city over the years -- changes in access methods and functionality are now being proposed -- the Electronic Courts Transcript Project has changed the face of the courtroom. LDRC's Electronic Courts Committee is currently piloting a Courts e-filing project.

 

 



LEGAL DATA RESOURCES (MANITOBA) CORPORATION

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