Feel guilty about ditching your Ontario Reports?

Michael CarabashPart of my conversation with Garry Wise the other day included a discussion about: what to do with the Ontario Reports which every lawyer in Ontario receives on a weekly basis? As a new lawyer, I’ve been keeping them with the belief that they may have something useful one day. Older and wiser lawyers have even told me that I should read up on the cases in my practice area as they will sharpen my skills and I may have to refer to them in the future. But, truth be told, why is the Law Society of Upper Canada killing so many trees by not simply making the O.R.s digitally accessible? Perhaps, as Garry Wise suggested in our conversation, an e-mail should be sent out to lawyers on a weekly or monthly basis with all the information we need succinctly organized in a few sentences and with links to the main article somewhere on the Law Society’s website? I came across a recent blog by Ted Tjaden on Slaw that discusses that very same subject matter. His post was also featured in the Law Times. Perhaps the revenue that comes from advertising in print form won’t be as much in electronic format? Perhaps the print form guarantees that all lawyers receive it, whereas the electronic version may not be accessible to all? My take on this is: if and when I’m looking for it, I’ll find it online. As such, I’m going to recycle the shelves of O.R.s I’ve been collecting under the mistaken assumption that I have to keep them. Goodbye clutter; hello digital age. I encourage you to do the same.

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