Kate Gower is the lawyer who successfully built and ran Victoria B.C.’s first Electronic Trial (E-Trial). Her goal is to use the story of this successful e-trial to introduce legal professionals to e-trials in a way that they can understand, so that everyone will be litigating on e-trial platforms by 2025. She is currently guiding another complex, multi-party Aboriginal case into court as an e-trial, set to begin in September 2019.
As a game-changer in Aboriginal Litigation and an award-winning journalist with a deep background in science, she relishes this self-set task. She leads the field, writing papers, tracking e-trial trends in Canada and regularly speaking as Canada’s leading e-trial expert. She’s presented at Continuing Legal Education-TV, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC), the Canadian Bar Association, the Pacific Business Law Institute (PBLI), the Annual Pacific Legal Technology Conference and Webinars and the TLABC’s Women Lawyers Retreat.
It helps that she loves practising law. In the last few years, Kate and her legal teams have changed the law in Canada on how the Metis are identified and consulted by the Crown, and have given one of Canada’s numbered treaties a new Western Boundary.
She built the e-trial platform for the Western Boundary E-Trial without using any proprietary litigation software. With her background in science and law, she enjoys clarifying the details that make the platform sing, and but still keep it easy to use. She creates processes that mirror what legal professionals expect. She constantly monitors and works at interface between what the technology can do, what the lawyers want to litigate, and what the court processes require. In her presentations, she likes to show legal professionals the platform in action, and then to show them that interface so that everyone can exchange ideas, information, concerns and solutions.
“Kate Gower had a great energy, and her enthusiasm for the topic really showed. I wish all the courtrooms had her system installed already!”
Attendee, Litigation Update 2016: Current Trends in Trial Tactics and Advocacy seminar
Kate Gower filmed and produced this 3 minute video on the West Moberly E-Trial Platform while contracting with Devlin Gailus Westaway Law