Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chief Justice Says She Sees 'Satisfactory' End to IT Impasse with Feds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chief Justice Says She Sees 'Satisfactory' End to IT Impasse with Feds

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Courts see positive end to federal IT dispute

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OTTAWA - It appears the federal Liberals and Canada's highest courts have averted a legal showdown over an information-technology decision by the previous Conservative government that irked the country's top judges.

That decision forced the courts to use the government's central IT department, Shared Services Canada, for all IT purchases, such as servers, routers and software, as of Sept. 1, rather than letting them make the procurements on their own.

Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act showed the Supreme Court, the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Court Martial Appeal Court and Tax Court were all threatening legal action over the move.

They were arguing that the decision infringed on their judicial independence, even though Shared Services Canada wasn't going to house any of the court records in any of their data centres.

The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, now says court representatives have met with government officials and the high court is "expecting a satisfactory resolution of the issue shortly. …

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