Nova Scotia court orders hard drive review to disclose usage patterns

15 Feb

On February 8th, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ordered the forensic review of an injured plaintiff’s hard drive because it would likely contain evidence relevant to a claim that he could only work at a computer for two to three hours a day. Although the computer was used by others (perhaps through separate user profiles, though this is unclear on the record), the Court held that use by others went to the weight of the evidence, a matter to be assessed at trial. Notably, the order contemplates a search to be conducted by a third party under a protocol proposed by the defendant.

Hat tip to Barry Sookman.

Laushway v Messervey, 2013 NSSC 47 (CanLII).

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