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Note: WRLA Staff will be updating this list on an on-going basis but may not always catch updates as they are breaking. Always consult the website of the court or tribunal in question for the most up-to-date information.

Last updated: October 4, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m.

Notice regarding Judicial Dispute Resolution

October 4, 2022

Kitchener Unified Family Court will be offering Judicial Dispute Resolution (“JDR”), effective November 1, 2022. Please CLICK HERE for documentation regarding this option.

Memo To Counsel - Proper Accounting for Contingency Files

October 3, 2022

Please CLICK HERE to read a Memo to Counsel from Justice Madsen regarding proper accounting for contingency files. 

SCJ: Notice to the Profession, Parties, Public and the Media

August 8, 2022

The SCJ has announced that the Notice to the Profession, Parties, Public and the Media has been amended to clarify parties’ responsibilities in civil and family matters regarding (1) filing books of authorities and facta, (2) providing accurate hearing-time estimates, and (3) bringing to the attention of the court all relevant material facts and the authorities that establish the legal proposition relied upon (as it is not sufficient to merely upload filed materials to CaseLines). See Part II, paras. 1-4 and Part III, paras. 16-18.

Order Extending Chief Justice Morawetz's August Addendum Order

July 15, 2022 

Please click here to read an order from ACJ McWatt extending Chief Justice Morawetz's August Addendum Order deferring jurors, based on an answer that a juror is not fully vaccinated or prefers not to answer, has been extended further from July 8, 2022 to September 2, 2022.

Letter from Chief Justice Strathy

June 3, 2022

Please click here to read a letter from Chief Justice Strathy announcing his retirement from the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  

Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court

June 1, 2022

As of June 1, 2022, the Small Claims Court no longer requires parties to email previously filed materials to the Court before the hearing. The requirement has been removed from the Small Claims Court public notice, which is on the SCJ website at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/suspension-small-claims-ops/

Also, On June 1, 2022, the Small Claims Court will resume scheduling examination hearings. See section 11 of the Small Claims Court public notice for more information: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/suspension-small-claims-ops/#11_Examinations_judgment_debtor_examinations

Notice to Profession – Divisional Court

April 22, 2022

Revised notice contains new processes for determining mode of hearing (in person or virtual). Also contains CaseLines updates and procedures for Landlord and Tenant Board appeals. CLICK HERE to read notice. 

Regional Senior Justice Sweeny - Updated Notice to the Public and Profession

April 19, 2022

Please find the attached Notice to the Public and Profession dated April 19, 2022 which replaces the previous released Notice dated April 14, 2022.

March Addendum Order Extending Deferral of Jurors Based on Vaccination Status to April 29, 2022 

March 25, 2022

Please CLICK HERE to read the Chief Justice’s Addendum Order, extending his August Addendum Order deferring jurors, based on an answer that a juror is not fully vaccinated or prefers not to answer, to April 29, 2022. 

Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg.  224/22)

March 24, 2022

On March 23, 2022, a regulation was filed to amend the court rules and forms for civil proceedings: O. Reg. 224/22, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure. The regulation is posted on e-Law here

Announcement re In-Person Hearings - Court of Appeal for Ontario

March 23, 2022

Beginning April 4, 2022, the Court of Appeal for Ontario will begin hearing appeals and panel motions in person. Inmate appeals will also be returning to an in-person format, but until further notice, inmates will continue to appear by video conference. CLICK HERE to read the Notice in English and French.

Superior Court of Justice Updates: Probate and Class Actions

March 21, 2022

Two new model orders for class actions (litigation funding and fee approval) are also available on the SCJ website: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/provincial/#mo  

Scheduling of Family Matters at the Ontario Court of Justice

March 21, 2022

The OCJ sent an updated Scheduling of Family Matters at the Ontario Court of Justice notice.  This is an interim notice, effective April 4, 2022.  It will be posted shortly on the Ontario Court of Justice’s website.  Please CLICK HERE to read the Notice.

SCJ: Guidelines to Determine Mode of Proceeding Published

March 19, 2022

The guidelines are available here: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/guidelines-mode-of-proceedings/.

The virtual courtroom etiquette rules are available here: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/virtual-courtroom-etiquette/.

The gowning announcement is available here: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/court-proceedings-notice/.

OCJ Criminal Proceedings - Interim Mode of Appearances as of April 4, 2022

March 14, 2022

Please CLICK HERE, the new rubric for OCJ Criminal Proceedings - Interim Mode of Appearances as of April 4, 2022.  Please note that the mode of appearance is subject to direction by the presiding judicial officer and/or RSJ or RSJP. 

Interim Family Mode of Appearances

March 11, 2022

As of April 4, 2022, the Ontario Court of Justice will change its mode of appearances (in-person/virtual/hybrid) for various family law matters, including CYFSA and adoption matters.  Please note that the attached chart is on an interim basis, only.

Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure

January 21, 2022

A regulation was filed to amend the court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 18/22, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure. This regulation makes amendments regarding the service of experts’ reports, the scheduling of pre-trial conferences, the test for leave to admit evidence at trial, and other related provisions. A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry here (22-MAG003)  

SCJ Notice to the Profession Regarding Court Proceedings

January 19, 2022

In response to the current public health situation, an important update to Court Proceedings has been published on the SCJ website. Click Here to read notice.

OCJ Notices

January 5, 2022

  • The OCJ is encouraging the use of remote proceedings unless an in-person appearance is required to ensure meaningful access to justice. Some courthouses may need to implement additional measures or scheduling changes to address local personnel shortages or other pressures presented by the pandemic in their area.  Where such operational changes are required, priority will be given to criminal proceedings involving in-custody accused and other urgent criminal, family and regulatory matters. CLICK HERE to read the notice.
  • CLICK HERE to read a notice from the OCJ regarding scheduling of Family Matters in the OCJ.

OCJ Notice

December 21, 2021

In response to the the new variant of concern, Omicron, the Ontario Court of Justice has issued new notices for criminal and family matters. Please see: https://ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/ 

Small Claims Court Update: Garnishment Hearing

December 21, 2021

The Small Claims Court is now scheduling garnishment hearings. Please see section 10 of the Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court for more information.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice Notice to Profession and Public

December 17, 2021

CLICK HERE to read a Notice to the Profession and Public from Chief Justice Morawetz announcing temporary changes to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s operations in light of the public health situation.

New Family Law SCJ Form

December 10, 2021

The SCJ has posted a new Motion to Change Endorsement form for Family Lawyers.  Click here for more information. Click here for a copy of the new form.

Ontario Court of Justice - CaseLines Notice and updated Scheduling of Family Matters Notice

November 15, 2021

Please see below for two (2) notices from the Ontario Court of Justice: 

Amendment to COVID-19 Practice Direction re: Standard Orders for Bail Pending Appeal

November 12, 2021

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has amended its Consolidated COVID-19 Practice Direction to revise the standard wording for the surrender condition in release orders for appellants on bail pending the outcome of their appeal. The standard order will now require appellants to surrender into custody by 7:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing of the appeal. For more information, see paras. 130-136 of the Consolidated COVID-19 Practice Direction: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/how-to-proceed-court/covid-19/

SCJ - Updates Regarding Documents Filed by Email

November 8, 2021

Effective today, parties in civil, family, Divisional Court and Small Claims Court matters are no longer required to re-file paper copies of documents filed by email once regular court operations resume. Documents filed by email must instead be maintained in accordance with the applicable SCJ notice. The filing fees applicable to these documents can be paid immediately by phone or cheque, in accordance with direction by, or on behalf of, a Registrar or the clerk. More information is available in the following parts of the below SCJ notices:

SCJ - CaseLines Tips for Counsel Updated

November 4, 2021

Tips 5 and 6 in the CaseLines Hearings – Tips for Counsel and Self-Represented Litigants document, about uploading documents into CaseLines, have been clarified.

The revised document is available here: CaseLines Hearings – Tips for Counsel and Self-represented Parties | Superior Court of Justice (ontariocourts.ca).

MAG Notice re: Justice Services Online Enhancements

November 1, 2021

On November 15th, MAG will be releasing the following enhancements to its Justice Services Online (JSO) platform. CLICK HERE to read notice

Return to In-Person Proceedings - Court of Appeal for Ontario

October 26, 2021

Please CLICK HERE to read an announcement from the Court of Appeal for Ontario with respect to the return to in-person proceedings.

Notice: Hamilton Civil Sittings

October 25, 2021

Please see the attached Notice to Profession and Civil Litigants RE: the Hamilton Sopinka civil trial sittings commencing November 15th, 2021.

New Criminal Appeal Rules to Be Released November 1, 2021

October 21, 2021

New Criminal Appeal Rules for all criminal matters at the Court of Appeal for Ontario will come into force on November 1, 2021. The new Criminal Appeal Rules may be reviewed at www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/files/rules-forms/criminal-rules-en.pdf.

Superior Court of Justice - Updates

October 19, 2021 

The Superior Court of Justice issued two updates today. Please see below for the updates: 

    Notice to the Legal Profession Regarding Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 709/21)

    October 15, 2021

    On October 15, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for estates proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 709/21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.

    National Day of Truth and Reconciliation - Criminal Adjournment Dates

    September 17, 2021

    Please CLICK HERE for information about criminal adjournment dates for September 30, 2021.  You can also access them here.

    Public Statement by Ontario's Three Chief Justices Regarding September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    September 9, 2021

    Please click here for a Statement from Chief Justices Strathy, Morawetz and Maisonneuve regarding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021.

    SCJ Family Notice (Province-Wide)

    September 2, 2021

    The SCJ has a new provincial Notice to the Profession which takes effect on September 13th, 2021 and is available here. 

    Hamilton Sopinka Civil Trial Sittings Commencing September 13, 2021

    August 26, 2021

    Notice to Profession and Civil Litigants RE: the Hamilton Sopinka civil trial sittings commencing September 13th, 2021.

    Civil Matters

    August 24, 2021

    Melissa Cox, Trial Coordinator, Waterloo Region Courthouse, has issued a notice that states: "lease note that the endorsement of Grace J.,  the Local Administrative Judge in London, in  the Southwest Region does not affect any civil matters in the Central South Region. It is our intention to proceed with our Civil/Family Trial sitting as we have done in the past.  We will attempt to reach as many matters as we can during these scheduled sittings. For further information/direction with regard to process and directions in the SCJ please see https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/ .  Specifically in the Central South Region, please go to https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/#Central_South"

    SCJ/MAG Notice: Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 526/21)

    August 4, 2021

    On July 20, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 526/21, amending the Rules of Civil ProcedureThis regulation revises the procedure to fix the method of attendance for out-of-court examinations and mediations. 

    A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 21-MAG024


    The Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Small Claims Court

    July 23, 2021

    The Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Small Claims Court was amended today to provide for scheduling remote terms of payment hearings and trials. Other updates were also made. READ NOTICE

    SCJ/MAG Notice: Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 526/21)

    July 20, 2021

    On July 20, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 526/21, amending the Rules of Civil ProcedureThis regulation revises the procedure to fix the method of attendance for out-of-court examinations and mediations. SUMMARY OF REGULATION


    OCJ Practice Direction re: Practice Direction Authorizing Alternate Form of Appearance

    July 2, 2021

    Practice Direction Authorizing Alternate Form of Appearance where an Enhanced Designation of Counsel has been Filed (Issued August 6, 2020; Updated July 5, 2021)) READ NOTICE

    SCJ - Gowning Update

    June 29, 2021

    Chief Justice Morawetz’s June 18, 2021 update to the Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings was revised today to clarify the Court’s direction regarding gowning. It now provides: For in-person proceedings, counsel must gown in accordance with paragraphs 59-61 of the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction. Gowns are not required in virtual proceedings. Where gowning is required, counsel must gown regardless of whether the presiding judicial official is a judge or a master.

    Amended Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court

    June 10, 2021

    Small Claims Court public notice amended with: (1) new process for requesting motion on notice, (2) expanded list of documents for filing through the SCC E-Filing Service Portal and (3) more information regarding the scheduling process. CLICK HERE to view notice.

    Three SCJ Updates Issued Today

    My 31, 2021

    The SCJ issued three notices to the profession today. Please see below for the notices:

    Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 343/21)

    May 18, 2021

    On May 17, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 343/21, amending the Rules of Civil ProcedureThe regulation amends the rules of the Rules of Civil Procedure to:

    • eliminate the 60-day delay between a party setting down a defended action for trial and the action being placed on the trial list and make consequential amendments to this rule change; and
    • revoke two obsolete provisions regarding the time for trial listing for matters outside Toronto, to reflect existing practice across the province.

    Two OCJ Notices Issued

    May 18, 2021

    1. Criminal law update: In-person out-of-custody trials and preliminary inquiries may proceed as scheduled commencing Tuesday May 25, 2021. The Court continues to urge all judicial officials, parties and counsel to use remote proceedings unless an in-person appearance is required to ensure meaningful access to justice. CLICK HERE to read the notice.
    2. The May 4, 2021 Notice adjourning all in-person and hybrid family and CYFSA trials continues until May 21, 2021. Beginning Tuesday, May 25, 2021, all in-person & hybrid family and CYFSA trials may proceed as scheduled. CLICK HERE to read the notice.

    OCJ Notice Re: Scheduling of Fammily Matters

    May 5, 2021

    The OCJ issued a Notice re: Scheduling of Family Matters noting that in order to continue to reduce the number of people (including parties, counsel and court staff) who must leave their home to attend court proceedings, all in-person and hybrid family and Child, Youth and Family Services Act trials will continue to be adjourned from May 10, 2021 to May 21, 2021. Parties with a trial scheduled during these dates will be adjourned to the next audit date, assignment court or another date set by the court. Virtual trials that do not involve parties, counsel, or witnesses attending court in person, may proceed as of May 10, 2021. Virtual trials will be conducted using remote technology. Court staff may be required to attend in person and the judiciary may choose to attend in person. CLICK HERE to read notice.

    OCJ Notice Re: Criminal Proceedings

    May 5, 2021

    The OCJ issued an Update re: Criminal Proceedings reducing out-of-custody trials and preliminary inquiries between April 26 and May 21, 2021. CLICK HERE to read notice.

    Notice to Profession in Central South Region

    April 22, 2021

    Regional Senior Judge Paul Sweeny has issued the following notices to the profession of Central South Region.

    OCJ Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice

    April 22, 2021

    The OCJ has updated the notice Scheduling of Family Matters in the OCJ (April 21, 2021). All family and Child, Youth and Family Services Act trials, including in-person, hybrid or remote trials scheduled  from April 26, 2021 to May 7, 2021 will be adjourned. CLICK HERE to read the notice. 

    OCJ Notice tot he Profession Regarding Criminal Proceedings: Adjournment of Out-of-Custody Trial and Preliminary Inquiries

    April 22, 2021

    The OCJ has issued a notice regarding COVID-19 Pandemic – Update re Criminal Proceedings: adjournment of out-of-custody trials and preliminary inquiries between April 26 and May 7, 2021. The Ontario Court of Justice is suspending all criminal trials and preliminary inquiries involving out-of-custody accused persons scheduled between Monday April 26, 2021 and Friday May 7, 2021, subject to a judge seized with a continuing matter ordering otherwise.  This applies to both in-person and virtual trials and preliminary inquiries. CLICK HERE to read the notice. 

    SCJ Matters Scheduled Tomorrow, April 22, 2021

    April 21,2021

    Senior Regional Judge Paul Sweeny has issued a notice to advise that  all Superior Court matters presently scheduled on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 will proceed as scheduled. If you do not wish to proceed with your matter, you may seek an adjournment.

    Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings

    April 20, 2021

    The SCJ has issued a new Notice to the Profession and Public regarding court proceedings. In view of the strengthened stay-at-home order and the critical situation with the pandemic, over the next several weeks until May 7, to  reduce the number of court staff, counsel or parties required to leave their homes to participate in court proceedings, the Court will  defer as many matters as possible. CLICK HERE to read Notice or CLICK HERE to download the notice in Word format.

    Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Regarding Caselines

    April 19, 2021

    Effective April 16, 2021, amendments to Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Regarding the Caselines Pilot, E-Filing, and Fee Payment include a requirement to upload a completed Participant Information form before or during each hearing (replacing the counsel slip). A summary of amendments is listed at the top of the notice.

    CaseLines Demonstration Videos (Civil, Family and Criminal)

    April 15, 2021

    New CaseLines demonstration videos have been posted on the  Superior Court of Justice website

    Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court

    April 12, 2021


    The SCJ issued a Consolidated Notice to advise that, effective April 12, 2021, the Small Claims Court will no longer be scheduling hearings based on request forms. Hearings will be scheduled as per the requirements of the Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court.  CLICK HERE to read Notice.
    Central 

    South Region: Notice to the Profession Regarding CaseLines in Criminal Matters


    April 9, 2021

    The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul R. Sweeny issued today a Central South Region: Notice to the Profession Regarding CaseLines in Criminal Matters. CLICK HERE to read the notice.

    SCJ - Updated Notice Regarding Court Proceedings

    April 8, 2021

    Chief Justice Morawetz’s Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings was updated today in light of the stay-at-home order that is in effect until May 6, 2021. The updated notice is available here.

    OCJ POA Announcement

    April 7, 2021

    On March 31, 2021, the Chief Justice made an Order pursuant to s. 85 of the Provincial Offences Act extending timelines until September 7, 2021 relating to POA appeals under the Act that would have expired on or after March 15, 2020. The time limits for proceedings in the Ontario Court of Justice prescribed under the Provincial Offences Act in sections 116(2)(a), 116(3) and 135(2) of the Provincial Offences Act, and under sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Rules of the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) in Appeals Under Section 116 of the Provincial Offences Act, O. Reg. 723/94, that would have expired on or after March 15, 2020 are extended until September 7, 2021. Prior to September 7th, 2021, only urgent POA appeals to a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice will be accepted for filing.  Urgent POA appeals are limited to those where the defendant is subject to a licence suspension. As of April 12, 2021, any POA Appeal that is already before the court may be scheduled for a remote hearing as per the direction of the Regional Senior Justice.  No in-person POA Appeals will be held earlier than October 4, 2021. https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/notices-and-info-re-provincial-offences

    NOTICE TO LEGAL PROFESSION - RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 

    APRIL 6, 2021


    On April 6, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 248/21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.The administrative amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure achieve consistency with recent civil rule and form amendments establishing electronic processes in civil court proceedings (O. Reg. 689/20), as well as amendments establishing a simplified probate process for small estates (O. Reg. 111/21). The amending regulation also makes administrative amendments to introduceconsistent French-language terminology and correct discrepancies between the English and French versions of various rules and forms. The regulation amends 23 rules and 43 forms.  A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 21-MAG010. The amendments are effective April 6, 2021.

    SCJ NOTICE OF AMENDMENT: CONSOLIDATED PROVINCIAL PRACTICE DIRECTION 

    March 31, 2021

    Effective today, the SCJ’s Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction now provides, at paragraph 117, the following guidance to counsel and parties with respect to reserved decisions: "If a judge or master does not release a decision or endorsement within the timeframe provided by the judicial officer or as required under the Courts of Justice Act, and if the parties have not been advised that an extension of time has been granted by the Regional Senior Judge or Chief Justice, counsel or parties should make reasonable inquiries with the appropriate court office. If, after reasonable inquiries, the decision is still not released and no extension or explanation has been provided, counsel or the party (if self-represented) are advised to write to the Regional Senior Judge."

    Trial Readiness Memo

    March 19, 2021

    As you know the next trial sittings is set to commence April 6, 2021, with speak-to court on March 29, 2021. The trial sittings are three weeks in length. This is a reminder that if you have a matter on the trial list, the Trial Readiness Form (attached) must be completed and sent back to the Court by Friday March 19, 2021. I also attach the Trial Sittings Memo issued in December 2020 to assist you in preparing for your trial(s).  The forms should be sent to: Kitchener.Superior.Court@ontario.ca. Please remember:

    • There should be only ONE form per trial on the list, ordinarily to be completed by the Applicant’s counsel in consultation with the Respondent or Respondent’s counsel as the case my be; if only the Respondent is represented, then it would be completed by Respondent’s counsel.
    • If your matter is urgent, or has been marked peremptory, or there is something else that in your view Courts administration should be aware of from a scheduling perspective, please set that out in #13 on the form.
    • If this is a child protection trial and there are children in care, please be sure to set out the ages of the children and how long they have each been in care.
    • Please remember that for the time being the Court requires the filing of paper documents (2 copies) for trial as well as electronic documents using the portal (see the Trial Sittings Memo). Please be sure, in your electronic documents, to use “bookmarks” for ease of use by the judiciary and counsel during your trial. Please also hyperlink all exhibits, if affidavits are being filed.

      SCJ Notice to the Profession Re: Juries and In-person Hearings & a Toronto Notice re: Protocol for Court Hearings During COVID

      March 18, 2021

      Chief Justice Morawetz’s updated the Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings was posted to the SCJ website this morning.Please note: The SCJ anticipates resuming the conduct of some jury trials in June and July.  However, these changes are contingent upon the public health situation in each region being stable. Should matters deteriorate, further changes may be announced. Click here to read the notice. In addition, there is a new Notice to Profession Toronto re: Expansion Protocol for Court Hearings During COVID-19 Pandemic.  Click here to read the notice.

      Assessment Hearings Resume in Kitchener

      March 17, 2021

      Assessment Hearings will resume again in our region. Individuals should file their materials electronically, Kitchener.Courthouse@ontario.ca . The hearings will take place on the video platform, Zoom and Assessment Hearings Officer will not be onsite so it is important for documents to be filed online. Note:  Effective January 11, 2021, when documents are submitted to the court electronically, filers have been directed to name the document(s) in the following format:

      Document type
      Type of party submitting the document,
      Name of the party submitting the document (including initials if the name is not unique to the case), and
       Date on which the document was created or signed, in the format DD-MMM-YYYY (e.g. 12-JAN-2021).

        Below are sample document names:

        Expert Report – Defendant – Loblaws Inc. – 13-MAR-2021
        Financial Statement Form 13.1 – Respondent – A. Wong – 21-NOV-2021
        11b Application – Defence – Nathanson – 12-JAN-2021
        Motion to Change - Respondent – J. Doe – 25-JAN-2021

        SCJ Note to Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

        February 26, 2021

        Based on recent medical information provided to Chief Justice Morawetz,  the SCJ  is amending the Notice to Profession in one respect: the 10 person per courtroom cap will be removed. The SCJ received confirmation that the cap is not necessary with the other protective mechanisms in place. READ NOTICE

        SCJ Notice: Caselines, E-Filing  and Fee Payment

        February 25, 2021

        Chief Justice Morawetz’s Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Regarding the Caselines Pilot, E-Filing, and Fee Payment was updated, is now on the SCJ website here.

        Superior Court of Justice Notice to the Profession - Divisional Court

        February 18, 2021

        Effective February 18, 2021, a revised Divisional Court Notice to the Profession for court hearings during the COVID-19 pandemic has been posted on the SCJ website. CLICK HERE to read notice.

        Notice to Legal Professionals Regarding Amendments to the Rules of the Small Claims Court (O. Reg. 108-21, in force March 1, 2021) and Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 107-21, in force March 1, 2021)

        February 12, 2021

        On February 11, 2021, regulations were filed to amend the court rules and forms for Small Claims Court proceedings and civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice, namely: 

        The Small Claims Court amendment regulation establishes new electronic processes in Small Claims Court proceedings through amendments to 17 rules and 23 forms and the creation of 2 new rules.  

        The amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure and related forms allow for email service on the Crown in right of Ontario, the Attorney General, Children’s Lawyer and the Public Guardian and Trustee for originating processes and other documents as an alternative to personal service.

         

        The new rules related to serving the Crown in right of Ontario and related entities are subject to O. Reg. 76/20 (Electronic service) under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, as long as O. Reg. 76/20 remains in effect.

         

        A summary of each regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 

        The regulations come into force on March 1, 2021.

        Matters Heard By Case Management Masters Sitting as Registrars in Bankruptcy

        February 8, 2021

        The Central South Region’s COVID-19 notice to the profession has been updated to advise that Registrars in Bankruptcy sitting in Hamilton will resume hearing non-urgent matters. See details here.

        Court of Appeal Update on New Practice Direction and Form 

        January 26, 2021

        The Court of Appeal issued a new practice direction today. To read the new practice direction CLICK HERE.

        Also, the Court of Appeal has revised and renamed its counsel slip. It is now called “Counsel Slip and Hearing Information Form”.  CLICK HERE to view the form.

        Ontario Court of Justice Update Regarding Scheduling of Family Law Matters

        January 15, 2021

        The OCJ has revised the Scheduling of Family Law Matters at the Ontario Court of Justice. CLICK HERE to read notice.

        Stay-At-Home Order & Amendments to O.Reg 82/20 

        January 14, 2021

        The full News Release regarding the Stay-at-Home order can be viewed here.   Also,  the Attorney General has filed and posted some of the stay at home emergency orders to e-laws. They can be accessed here.  These are “source law” so the Ministry of Health regulation that is changing some of the requirements in the stage 1 order is an amending regulation - consolidated law will be updated later, usually in a few days.

        As of right now, there has not been a regulation regarding the suspension of limitation periods. 

        Updated Message from the Ontario Court of Justice re COVID-19

        January 13, 2021

        The COVID-19 message on the Ontario Court of Justice website was updated January 13, 2021. CLICK HERE to view updated message.

        Superior Court of Justice Update to Notice to the Profession and Public

        January 13, 2021

        The SCJ issued a new Notice to the Profession and Public that was updated January 13, 2021 to account for the new provincial restrictions announced on Tuesday.  CLICK HERE to read notice.

        A Few Superior Court of Justice and Small Claims Court Notices and Practice Directions

        January 11, 2021

        Gowning for counsel and attire modifications – Effective January 18, 2021, amendments the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction specify in paragraph 59 the court attendances (in person) at which counsel are not required to gown. Paragraphs 60 and 61 specify that counsel may modify their traditional court attire in order to accommodate personal circumstances.

        Class actions – Effective January 18, 2021, amendments the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction specify in paragraph 43 that costs outlines must be filed in certification and other motions. Amendments to paragraph 44 create a new Class Proceedings Judge’s Book of Authorities with links to the CanLii website. Counsel need not include in their filed books of authorities any of the cases contained in the Class Proceedings Judges’ Book of Authorities. However, extracts from those authorities which counsel intend to refer should be included in the filed book of authorities.

        Best Practices Guide for Class Proceedings - The Class Actions Bench and Bar Liaison Committee drafted a Best Practices Guide to assist both counsel and judges by providing suggested topics and processes to be considered in connection with the case management of class actions. This guide is available on the SCJ website at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/civil/resources/guide-case-management-class-actions/

        Toronto Commercial List and Estates List Filing Direction – Amendments to the Toronto Commercial List and Estates List Filing Direction clarify requirements for filing documents with the court and uploading them to a document sharing platform in advance of hearings.

        CaseLines FAQ - The CaseLines FAQs have been updated. FAQ 7 sets out the court’s new document naming protocol. FAQ 8 indicates that tabs and bookmarks are now functional in CaseLines. The document is available at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/supplementary-notice-september-2-2020/faq-caselines/

        Small Claims Court adjournment order – An order of Chief Justice Morawetz further adjourning certain Small Claims Court proceedings to March 1, 2021 is now on the SCJ website at https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/continued-suspension-scc-operations/

        Memorandum from Chief Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz - Document Naming Protocol

        December 23, 2020

        Effective January 11, 2021, a single, provincewide document naming protocol for all practice areas will be implemented in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, including the Small Claims Court.  Please CLICK HERE to see attached document for more details

        SCJ - Central South Region Notice re Electronic Filing of Documents

        December 23, 2020

        A Revised Notice to the Profession: Central South Region regarding e-Filing of Court Documents is now available on the SCJ Website here

        SCJ Notice to Profession and Public - Update December 22, 2020

        December 22, 2020

        Please PLEASE CLICK here to see an SCJ Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings.

        OCJ Message re COVID 19

        December 22, 2020

        Further to yesterday’s lockdown announcement,, please CLICK HERE to view a message from the OCJ.

        Notice to the Profession in Central South Region RE: Electronic Filing of Court Documents

        December 1, 2020

        CLICK HERE to view a Notice to the Profession in Central South Region RE: Electronic Filing of Court Documents.

        Small Claims Court Expansion

        November 30, 2020

        Effective today, the Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court has been amended.

        The Court is expanding the range of matters it will hear remotely. In addition to the requests it was accepting before, it will now accept requests for:

        •  Motions in writing that are without notice to any other party, whether the motion is new or previously filed; and
        •  Settlement conferences, if all defendants had filed a defence or been noted in default prior to August 31, 2020. (A settlement conference does not need to have been previously scheduled.
        The Court is using different request forms for motions in writing and requests to clerk. (Previously, the same form was used for both documents.)

        Virtual Courtroom Etiquette - Family

        November 27, 2020

        Regional Senior Judge, Justice Paul R. Sweeny, issued a Virtual Courtroom Etiquette document for Family Proceedings. READ DOCUMENT

        New SCJ Notice to Profession and Public

        November 21,2020

        In view of the public health situation, effective Monday, November 23, 2020, the Court will not commence any new jury selection in any court location except in those in a Green Zone as defined by the Ontario Government as of the date of this notice https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open

        This will remain in effect until at least January 4, 2021. An update will be issued on December 29, 2020.  CLICK HERE for the full Notice from Chief Justice Morawetz.

        Ontario Court of Justice Public Notice - November 21, 2020

        November 21, 2020

        The Ontario Court of Justice is committed to providing meaningful access to justice despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.  The Court recognizes that some counsel, parties, and justice participants may be unable to attend a courthouse in person because of COVID-19. The Court has encouraged all judicial officials, when exercising their authority, to be flexible and to respect why an individual may not be able to attend a court hearing in person, including underlying health conditions, living or caring for someone with underlying health conditions, or other issues arising from the pandemic.  Judicial officials, parties and counsel are encouraged to actively explore whether all, or any portion, of trials or other hearings that would otherwise be in person can be conducted using remote technology.  Similarly, the Court encourages counsel and parties to be accommodating when requests for virtual hearings or other arrangements are made by opposing counsel or parties. The health and safety of all court users remains a top priority for the Court.  For those who appear in person, the Ministry of the Attorney General has implemented a broad range of health and safety measures at all courthouses open to the public. The measures are based on the expert advice of Public Health Ontario.  It remains of critical importance that all who attend a courthouse in person be vigilant in maintaining the public health and safety protections in place at the court facility.  For information about the health and safety measures implemented at Ontario’s courthouses, please see the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General COVID-19 website. For information about Ontario Court of Justice notices, directives and policies in response to COVID-19, see COVID-19 Notices and Information

        Memo from Justice Sloan

        November 19, 2020

        Counsel,

        As you are no doubt aware, Trial Scheduling Courts and Speak to Courts have been be proceeding virtually and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.  Going forward, you will be able to find the Court Dockets and Zoom details for each court at: https://www.waterloolaw.org/Trial-Scheduling-Court

        Please ensure that you share these details with any self-represented parties and with out of town counsel on your matters.

        Thank you for your continued support and cooperation as we navigate these new processes.

        Mr. Justice J. W. Sloan

        Local Administrative Justice

        Superior Court of Justice

        Ontario Court of Justice Notice: Criminal Case Management Appearances on or after November 30, 2020

        November 18, 2020

        Previous directives of the OCJ directing that criminal case management matters will be adjourned for 5 weeks, with a discretionary bench warrant, if the accused person does not appear will end Nov. 27, 2020.

        As of Monday November 30, 2020, accused persons are required to attend for their scheduled appearance in criminal case management court – either by having counsel appear on their behalf or by appearing by telephone or video. See Notice to the Profession and the Public re Criminal Case Management Appearances on or after November 30, 2020.

        Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court

        October 29, 2020

        Small Claims Court is expanding operations to include motions to set aside defaults, as well as requests to clerk for assessment hearings and motions in writing filed before March 16, 2020. Updated information re email filing added as well. 

        The Small Claims Court public notice now provides that the Court will accept requests for the following matters:

        • motions to set aside a noting in default and/or default judgment;
        • requests to clerk for an assessment hearing, if initially filed before March 16, 2020; and
        • motions in writing, if initially filed before March 16, 2020.

        CLICK HERE to read notice

        OCJ Notice: In-Person Criminal Hearings Temporarily Suspended at Guelph

        October 21, 2020

        The Ministry of the Attorney General has advised that the Guelph courthouse located at 36 Wyndham Street South will be closed effective October 21, 2020 until further notice due to an HVAC concern. As a result, in-person criminal hearings of the OCJ at the Guelph courthouse (36 Wyndham Street South) are suspended until further notice. Remote proceedings, including bail, plea court, judicial pre-trials, and criminal case management court, will proceed as scheduled. Please note that, because family proceedings are conducted at a different courthouse (74 Woolwich Street) in Guelph, they have not been affected and will proceed as scheduled. CLICK HERE to read notice.

        MAG Notice: Regarding the Suspension of all in-person court hearings at the Milton Courthouse

        October 15, 2020

        MAG has announced that The Superior Court and Ontario Courts of Justice have suspended all in-person court hearings at the Milton Courthouse due to a new discovery of mould in the Milton courthouse. Matters will be rescheduled. CLICK HERE to read notice

        SCJ Notice: Regarding In-Person Operations in Toronto, Brampton and Ottawa 

        October 10, 2020

        Chief Justice Morawetz has issued a Notice regarding SCJ court operations in Brampton, Toronto & Ottawa in modified Stage Two. CLICK HERE to read notice.

        Small Claims Court Update

        October 9, 2020

        The Small Claims Court has updated its Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court yesterday. Effective today:

         

        • The Court is lifting the date range limiting the previously scheduled settlement conferences it will hear remotely at the request of one party.
        • There is now information about the re-opening of Small Claims Court counter service.

        SCJ Notice: Email Processes for Certificates of Appointment of Estate Trustee (Probate)

        October 7, 2020

        The Ontario Superior Court of Justice released an amendment to the Consolidated Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and the Media. Effective October 6, 2020, Part D(6) (Email Processes for Certificates of Appointment of Estate Trustee (Probate)) is added. 

        CLICK HERE to See Part D(6) of CJ Morawetz's Consolidated Notice. 

        OCJ Notice: First Appearance Court/First Court Date (Family Matters)

        September 21, 2020

        The OCJ has issued a Notice to the profession and public announcing that the First Appearance Court/First Court Date (Family Matters) will be waived between September 28, 2020 and November 27, 2020.  The First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk will resume on November 30, 2020. READ NOTICE

        OCJ Notice: Virtual Criminal Case Management

        September 18, 2020

        The Ontario Court of Justice has announced that virtual criminal case management (set date) courts will be implemented on Monday September 21, 2020. READ NOTICE

        OCJ Notices

        September 3, 2020

        The OCJ has issued a Notice announcing virtual criminal case management courts will be starting in  additional locations beginning on September 8, 2020. READ NOTICE.

        Also, the OCJ  has issued a revised Scheduling Notice that includes updates regarding the expansion of Family matters. READ NOTICE

        Notice Regarding First Appearance - Superior Court (UFC)

        September 2, 2020

        Please note, first appearance dates to Superior Court - UFC matters have been vacated to a date to be determined.

        The first appearance/set date/case management courts of the Ontario Court of Justice continue to occur every day. 

        Courthouse Recovery Update: Burlington

        August 21, 2020

        We have received confirmation from MAG that the Burlington courthouse will resume in-person appearances on Monday August 24.   Updated Guidebook: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for Resuming Court Operations.

        Updated Guidebook: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for Resuming Court Operations

        August 20, 2020

        The Recovery Secretariat has just announced their updated version (v.4) of their Guidebook: COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for Resuming Court Operations. Of note in this version are updates to the entrance protocol for court personnel, judiciary, contracted personnel, and service providers (p.26-27), and to the courtroom cleaning protocol (p.31). CLICK HERE for the latest version. 

        Important Justice Sector Notice re: Limitation Periods

        August 20, 2020

        MAG has announced that limitation and procedural time periods that were suspended starting Monday, March 16, 2020 and that will resume running on Monday, September 14, 2020 will have been suspended for 26 weeks. 

        Update regarding OCJ Criminal Case Management Appearances (and Guide for Self-represented Accused Persons)


        August 20, 2020


        The Ontario Court of Justice announced today the first stage of province-wide implementation of virtual criminal case management courts. READ NOTICE.

        Additionally, the Ontario Court of Justice has posted a new document that provides general information to self-represented accused persons who have criminal cases in the OCJ during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ NOTICE

        Commercial List and Estates List Filing Direction


        August 17, 2020


        The SCJ has issued a filing direction for Commercial List and Estates List matters, effective today. CLICK HERE the filing direction.

        OCJ Criminal Notices to the Profession


        August 12, 2020

        The Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) issued two criminal notices to the profession:

        1. COVID-19: Waiver of Personal Attendance and Request for Adjournment/Remand by Accused Person in Custody (August 12, 2020) CLICK HERE to read Notice
        2. Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public: Update regarding Scheduling of Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries (August 12, 2020) CLICK HERE to read Notice.

        SCJ Provincial Practice Direction: Amendment to Criminal Proceedings


        August 12, 2020


        The SCJ has replaced Provincial Practice Direction Regarding Criminal Proceedings with the Provincial Practice Direction / Amendment to the Criminal Proceedings Rules Regarding Criminal Proceedings. CLICK HERE to read the Practice Direction

        Small Claims Court Expansion


        August 11, 2020


        As of August 10, 2020, the Small Claims Court has expanded the range of settlement conferences it will hear. CLICK HERE to see the updated Small Claims Court Notice.

        New OCJ Notices to the Profession


        August 11, 2020


        The Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) issued two notices to t he profession: 

        1. COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (August 10, 2020). CLICK HERE to read Notice
        2. Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of electronically submitting documents at the Ontario Court of Justice (updated August 10, 2020) CLICK HERE to read Notice.

          Court Security and Prisoner Transportation


          August 10, 2020


          The Solicitor General has released a notice regarding prisoner transport. CLICK HERE to read the notice.


          Notice to the Profession Regarding Electronic Filing and Document Sharing (Caselines Pilot)


          August 6, 2020


          The SCJ issued a Notice to the Profession announcing that the Ministry of the Attorney General has procured Thomson Reuters CaseLines for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. A two-week test phase will begin on August 10, 2020. A CaseLines information session will be held by Zoom on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. READ NOTICE & ZOOM INFORMATION

          Notice to legal profession regarding amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg 441/20, in force on August 5, 2020)


          August 5, 2020

          The Ministry of the Attorney General filed a regulation to amend the Rules of Civil Procedure, O. Reg 441/20. The amendments introduce a new court rule, rule 4.05.2, to authorize the use of the Civil Submissions Online system. This new online system, released this morning, allows the electronic submission of over 250 types of documents for filing and issuance in Superior Court of Justice civil actions and applications.


          New Court Notices: COA & SCJ


          July 13, 2020


          The Court of Appeal issued the following Notice: Amended Practice Direction Regarding the Electronic Conduct of Matters During the Covid-19 Emergency; and The SCJ issued this Notice: Continued suspension of Small Claims Court operations due to COVID-19.

          OCJ Notice Regarding Resumption of In-Person Criminal and Family Trials in Guelph


          July 6, 2020


          In-person criminal trials and preliminary inquiries and in-person family trials, summary judgment motions, and other in-person family matters will be resuming at Guelph on July 7, 2020. READ NOTICE

          Courthouse Screening Online Self-Assessment Tool


          July 6, 2020


          The Ministry of the Attorney General has created an online self-assessment tool that anyone planning to attend at a courthouse can use to determine if they will be granted admittance upon arrival.  The site provides a result page that can be printed off or downloaded as proof at the door that you have been pre-approved for admittance for that day only. CLICK HERE to access the tool

          Updated Guide Book for the Reopening of the Courts


          July 5, 2020


          An updated/revised Guidebook on Recommended Precautionary Measures for Resuming Court Operations (July 2, 2020) has been published. CLICK HERE to read. 

          OCJ Notice Regarding Delay in Resumption of Criminal and Family Matters in Guelph and at College Park


          July 4, 2020


          The resumption of in-person family trials, summary judgment motions, and other in-person family matters in Guelph, and of criminal trials and preliminary inquiries at College Park and Guelph have been delayed and will not be resuming on July 6, 2020. For more information CLICK HERE.

          Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the use of online claims services


          July 4, 2020

          The Ministry of the Attorney General issued a notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the use of online claims services.  The Notice also references the court counter service hours effective July 6, 2020.  Select filings and requests can also continue to be submitted by email. READ NOTICE

          New Notices from the OCJ

          July, 3, 2020

          The OCJ has published the following Notices on their website:

          1. COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice Addition  (July 2, 2020)
          2. COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public Re: Provincial Offences Act Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (July 2, 2020)
          3. Notice to the Profession and the Public re Criminal Case Management Appearances and Setting Trial and Preliminary Inquiry Dates (Published July 2, 2020)  Trial / Preliminary Inquiry Scheduling Form
          4. Criminal Case Adjournment Dates – Out-of-Custody Accused (updated July 2, 2020) Note: The criminal case adjournment dates are subject to change. Please check this website regularly for any updates.

          Notice to the Profession Regarding the Divisional Court

          June 30, 2020

          The SCJ has issued a Notice to Profession regarding the Divisional Court. Please CLICK HERE to read the notice.

          Central South Notice to Profession 

          June 29, 2020

          Senior Regional Justice Harrison Arrell issued a Central South Expansion Notice  to the Profession regarding Civil, Family and Criminal Matters. READ NOTICE

          FOLA Real Estate Update

          June 25, 2020

          Read latest FOLA Real Estate Update HERE.

          SCJ Notice re: Expected Steps as Some In-Court Hearings Resume in Certain Locations

          June 25, 2020

          The SCJ issued a Notice to the profession, litigants, accused, the media and the public regarding the steps that are expected to be completed to permit some in-court hearings to resume at certain court locations, effective July 6, 2020.  READ NOTICE 

          OCJ Notice to the Legal Profession Regarding Emailing Documents

          June 18, 2020

          The Ontario Court of Justice has updated the Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the Process of Emailing Documents at the Ontario Court of Justice, effective June 17, 2020. CLICK HERE to read the Notice

          OCJ Notices Regarding July 6, 2020 Resumption of Courts

          June 17, 2020

          Two OCJ Notices were issued today regarding the resumption of criminal trials and scheduling of family matters.

          • COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (issued June 17, 2020) READ NOTICE
          • Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Resumption of Criminal Trials and Preliminary Hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice as of July 6, 2020 (issued June 17, 2020) READ NOTICE

          Payment Legal Aid Ontario COVID volunteers

          June 15, 2020

          Back in March, Legal Aid Ontario CEO David Field committed to paying the volunteers who came out to assist and support the unrepresented accused in the courts from March 16 – 20, 2020.  At the time, LAO did not provide a deadline for the submission of the accounts, but now that some time has passed, LAO would like to close out the special purchase orders that they issued to the volunteers.  LAO will be reaching out directly to the volunteers who were issued a PO, but have not yet submitted an account to ask that they submit their accounts by June 30, 2020. CLICK HERE for more information.

          RBC Accepting Mortgage Discharges by Wire

          June 15, 2020

          Effective June 15 - to support COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, our Personal Mortgage and Homeline Plan Payout team is introducing a digital alternative to a cheque or draft.

          Lawyers can now contact the Payout Statement Phone Team (1-800-974-1163) to send a wire payment instead of mailing/dropping-off a cheque or draft. CLICK HERE for more information.

          Updated Notice Regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations (June 2, 2020)

          June 3, 2020

          Small Claims Court operations have been expanded to include select settlement conferences, to be conducted remotely.

          Click here for more information in the updated notice.

          FOLA Real Estate Update

          June 2, 2020

          READ MORE

          Amendment to Central South Expansion Notice - issued May 26, 2020

          May 26, 2020

          Senior Regional Justice Harrison Arrell has announced an amendment to the to the Central South Expansion Notice effective May 26, 2020.  READ NOTICE

          Ontario Court of Appeal Notice Regarding Criminal Matters

          May 25, 2020

          The Ontario Court of Appeal has issued a notice regarding Amended Practice Direction Concerning Criminal Matters Given the Exceptional and Evolving Circumstances Concerning COVID-19. READ NOTICE

          Stratford and Goderich SCJ Scheduling Memos

          May 21, 2020

          Stratford and Goderich have just released updated scheduling memos for civil and family matters in their respective Superior Courts of Justice.


          Further expansion of SCJ Operations, effective May 19, 2020

          May 13, 2020

          Chief Justice Morawetz issued a new Notice to Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and Media which consolidates previous Notices governing operations in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In addition, each Regional Senior Justice issued updated Regional Notices to the Profession.  The Regional Notices to the Profession direct which matters may be heard in each region and the process to follow, without the need to refer to previous Regional Notices. 

          These Notices further expand the scope of matters that will be heard virtually in the SCJ through telephone and video conference hearings.  They are effective May 19, 2020.  The new Consolidated Notice to the Profession, dated May 13, 2020, and the Regional Notices to the Profession may be found at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/#PROVINCIAL_NOTICES

          Click here  for a memo that summarizes the new provincial Notice and a chart summarizing which matters will be heard in each of the Court’s regions.

          Expansion of Services in the Central South Region effective May 19, 2020

          May 13, 2020

          A notice from Harrison S. Arrell, Regional Senior Justice – Superior Court of Justice Central South Region regarding a Notice to Profession outlining the expansion of services in the Central South Region effective May 19th, 2020. 

          Please note this NOTICE supersedes and replaces the NOTICES of April 2, April 28 and April 30, 2020 issued in Central South. However, the protocol of April 7, 2020 regarding Family and Child Protection matters remains in place and should be followed regarding documentary and filing requirements for conferences and motions. The April 7th, 2020 protocol is imbedded in this notice. READ NOTICE

          New Procedures for Criminal Matters in the OCJ

          May 11, 2020

          The OCJ has announced a limited expansion.  As of Monday May 11, the Court will expand its operations to accommodate resolutions of criminal charges involving persons who are out of custody, where the Regional Senior Judge is satisfied that the necessary courthouse resources are in place. In addition, as further described in the Notice, the Court is making judicial pre-trials mandatory for all criminal proceedings (including YCJA proceedings). READ MORE

          OCJ Notice re: Scheduling of Family Matters

          May 7, 2020

          Chief Justice Maisonneuve issued a notice that updates the Directive on the Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice that was issued on March 28, 2020, and is in addition to the general notice issued by the Ontario Court of Justice on May 4, 2020. VIEW NOTICE

          SCJ Notice: Regarding the Continued Suspension of In-Court Matters to July 6, 2020

          Wednesday, May 06, 2020 


          The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) announced that the SCJ will not resume in-person hearings of other matters until July 6, 2020, at the earliest.  It will, however, continue to hear matters virtually, and expects to shortly further expand the scope of matters that will be heard virtually. 

          OCJ Notice: New Return Date of July 6 2020 (at the earliest)

          May 4, 2020

          The Ontario Court of Justice will not be returning to full operations on May 29, 2020.  No trials or preliminary inquiries will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest, unless a judge seized with a continuing matter orders otherwise. This applies to criminal, family and Provincial Offences Act matters. The Court will soon provide a detailed notice to the profession and to the public about all proceedings in the Ontario of Justice.  The Court is also working closely with its justice partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General, to adopt technology that will increase participants’ ability to access the Court’s services using remote means, such as by the electronic filing of court material, remote scheduling processes, and remote hearings.

          The message can also be found on the OCJ website.

          CSD Notice regarding Small Claims Court Counter Service

          May 4, 2020

          A Notice to the Public and Legal Profession regarding Small Claims Court counter service suspension and urgent hearings – sent a moment ago from MAGVIEW NOTICE

          Revised Notice to the Profession

          April 30, 2020

          Senior Regional Justice Arrell has issued a revised notice to the profession regarding in-person matters heard in Central South. READ NOTICE

          Notice to Profession Re: Civil, Family, Criminal Expansion

          April 28, 2020

          Notice to Profession regarding some expanded services the Central South Region is prepared to do in Civil, Family, and Criminal matters. Please click here to view notice.

          Protocols: Central South Region

          April 24, 2020

          An email was sent out by Senior Regional Justice Arrell regarding protocals for the South Central Region.

          MAG Update: Wills and Powers of Attorney

          April 23, 2020

          Below is an Order in Council dated April 22 permitting that wills and POA’s be signed virtually and in counterpart.

          It is intended that the order will remain in place until the end of the declared state of emergency.

          Order in Council, April 22, 2020

          You can learn more and access the link to the legislation here.

          Ontario's Family Law Limited Scope Services Project during Covid-19

          April 22, 2020

          Ontario’s Family Law Limited Scope Services Project (“the Project”) has waived the requirement that lawyers watch the webinar in groups during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to join the roster. You may now complete the mandatory training alone after a quick check-in with the project manager to facilitate registration and to have questions answered.  Lawyers who have 3+ years of experience with a minimum of 30% in family law can register for free after doing the 2 hour webinar.

          Important Information Regarding the Suspension of Criminal and Civil Jury Trials

          April 20, 2020

          The the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) made the following announcement today:

          Given the on-going public health situation, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice will not recommence criminal or civil jury selection or jury trials until September, 2020, at the earliest.

          The Court will monitor the public health situation and issue further direction in early May.

          In the meantime, all dates for criminal matters that are currently scheduled for trial or for any other reason in June will remain in place until that further direction is issued.

          For civil jury matters, each region of the Court will consider how it can best reschedule civil jury trials that were to have been heard during this suspension of regular operations. Details will be shared in regional notices to the profession as they become available.

          To view a copy of the press release from the SCJ please click here.

          LAO Changes for Bail and Early Release Remedies

          April 20, 2020

          An email that was sent out by Legal Aid Ontario outlining information which may assist lawyers seeking release of clients either through the bail process or by the early release of a sentenced inmate. READ MORE

          FOLA Real Estate Update

          April 20, 2020

          READ MORE

          Important Information Regarding FRO Services During COVID-19

          April 16, 2020

          The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) has shifted from full service to core services effective Monday, March 23, 2020, to protect the health and well-being of our staff and stop the spread of COVID-19.

          We are still open, but operating at a reduced capacity, with reduced staffing levels to respect physical distancing.

          Clients can still call FRO and receive core services, but there will be longer than normal wait times. We ask for your patience as we strive to continue to provide high-quality client service.

          As we make further business decisions, we will continue to provide updates on our website. Please see the updates below to provide information to clients.


          • Legal service on FRO: Effective immediately and until further notice, legal documents for any proceeding that is required to be served on the Director of the Family Responsibility Office must be served by email to: FROlegalservice@ontario.ca. This email is not for client service-related inquiries or for the delivery of other documents to FRO.
          • Phone lines: Our phones are still open, Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but clients will experience longer than normal wait times due to FRO having fewer staff available.
          • FRO Online: Clients will be able to access their basic case information using FRO’s self-service online tool. If a client would like to sign up for FRO Online, they will have to phone FRO to register.
          • FRO’s automated client information: Clients can access automated information regarding last payment, balance and enforcement actions any time by calling FRO. Clients will need their 7-digit case number and PIN when they call.
          • Support payors: We expect payors to continue to make payments as per their court order, and if there is a change in their circumstances as a result of COVID-19, they need to inform us. We will work with them.
          • Support recipients: FRO will continue to flow payments to recipients as we receive them. If we do not receive payments, we will take the appropriate actions to get payments flowing.

          FOLA Real Estate Update

          April 15, 2020

          READ MORE

          Update from Legal Aid Ontario

          April 10, 2020

          Legal Aid Ontario has announced further emergency temporary changes to their billing and certificate coverage in order to address the continuing challenges of the COVID pandemic. READ MORE

          Legal Counsel Call Acceptance Release Form

          April 8, 2020

          Please click here to find a “Legal Counsel Call Acceptance Release Form” which private lawyers and duty counsel can complete and submit to the Ministry of the Solicitor General which would then allow the lawyer’s cell phone to receive collect calls from inmates who are incarcerated in jails or correctional centres. 

          MAG Update: Wills and Powers of Attorney

          April 8, 2020

          The Lieutenant Governor in Council made an order under s. 7.0.2(4), of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act permitting virtual witnessing for wills and powers of attorney provided that at least one person who is providing the service as a witness is a licensee pursuant to the Law Society Act.

          The Order is not retroactive and will be in place for the duration of the declaration of emergency.

          To view The Order in Council 

          Message from Senior Regional Justice Arrell

          April 7, 2020

          READ MORE

          Expansion of SCJ’s virtual court operations in each region, effective April 6, 2020

          April 3rd, 2020

          Today, Chief Justice Morawetz and all eight Regional Senior Justices issued new Notices to the Profession, which will expand the SCJ’s virtual court operations in each region, effective April 6, 2020.  

          Please find below two Provincial Notices to the Profession from Chief Justice Morawetz (Criminal and Civil/Family). They address a variety of issues including emailing material to the court, service by email, media access to court proceedings, and gowning.  They include links to the eight Regional Notices to the Profession. The eight Regional Notices identify which matters may be heard in each region, and the process to have a matter heard. 

          Also below is a memo from the Office of the Chief Justice that provides a summary of the Notices to the Profession issued today, for information purposes only.

          All SCJ Notices to the Profession relating to COVID-19 may be accessed at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/

          Message from Senior Regional Justice Arrell re: South Central Expansion Notice

          April 3, 2020

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          Important Notice to Court Users Regarding Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings During COVID-19

          March 30, 2020

          Please see message below and attached Notices on behalf of Chief Justice Maisonneuve sent on March, 28, 2020READ MORE

          Message from Chief Justice to Legal Community in Ontario

          March 27, 2020

          A letter from Chief Justice Morawetz:  “the scope of events that may be heard remotely by the Superior Court of Justice will expand, effective April 6, 2020”. READ THE LETTER

          FOLA Real Estate Update

          March 27, 2020

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          FOLA Legal Aid Update

          March 27, 2020

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          Ministry’s e-filing system

          March 25, 2020

          MAG reminds the bar to file non-urgent matters online using the ministry’s e-filing system. The court has established a process for urgent items to be sent to the trial coordinators directly during this unprecedented time.

          The civil claims online service was expanded yesterday to include the ability to file more documents electronically. For filing not available online, file by mail.


          https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-online 
          https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-civil-claim-online 
          https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-divorce-application-online 

          FOLA Real Estate Update Re Land Registry Offices

          March 25, 2020

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          LAO Summary Legal Advise

          March 25, 2020

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          Notice to Profession RE: Central South Family Matters during Covid-19 shut down

          March 24, 2020

          This notice is sent on behalf of SRJ Harrison Arrell. Please note this notice replaces the notice of March 18, 2020. READ NOTICE

          Notice from MAG re: Expansion of the Civil Claims Online Service

          March 24, 2020

          The online service expansion will assist lawyers and litigants with accessing justice services during these unprecedented times when court counter services are required to be reduced to protect the health and safety of the public and staff. While filings will be accepted through the online system, until normal operations resume, only those matters that are scheduled by the judiciary for an urgent hearing will proceed. Court services will be available for urgent hearings and service will be limited for non-urgent matters.

          As set out in the Notice, the Civil Claims Online service should not be used to file documents in a proceeding that has been declared by the judiciary to require an urgent hearing pursuant to the Superior Court of Justice's Notice to the Profession, the Media and the Public dated March 15, 2020 or pursuant to the Commercial List Users Committee Notice dated March 16, 2020.

          Download the Notice to the legal profession regarding the Civil Claims Online Service

          How to move matters forward in the civil justice system until normal operations are restored – case comment

          March 24, 2020

          The COVID-19 crisis has caused unprecedented disruption to every aspect of society, including the civil justice system. These disruptions are likely to persist for some time. The recent Endorsement of the Honourable Justice F.L. Myers in  Ali v. Tariq, 2020 ONSC 1695 (CanLII) , gives a preview of how courts and litigants may adapt to this new reality.

          Notice to the Profession

          March 23, 2020

          An important notice regarding court operations from the Supervisor of Court Operations, Ministry of the Attorney General – Court Services Division

          Waterloo Region Courthouse. READ NOTICE

          Legal Aid Update & Regional LAO Contact list

          March 23, 2020

          Effective as of end of day on Friday, March 20, 2020, LAO has stopped all in-person staff and per diem services in the courthouses across the province until further notice.  They will be using their normal system of staff and per diems for all services done remotely.  Certificates will still be available in the normal course.  Also, LAO recently announced that  it will be temporarily re-instating the bail block to the private bar with certificates in order to respond to demand as a result of COVID-19. Details to follow. Panel lawyers should know that they can do bails (on certificates) and be paid per the former rules. LAO also announced that, in order to ensure that those in remand are getting fair treatment and timely access to justice, LAO will no longer assess merit prior to granting bail review authorizations. Further, LAO is exploring billing and administrative changes to support the private bar and their legally aided clients during this crisis period.

          Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public

          March 23, 2020

          As you are aware, the Government of Ontario has enacted a declaration of a provincial emergency in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry of the Attorney General’s Court Services Division continues to monitor and respond to the evolving situation.   

          To further protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19, MAG asks members of the legal profession and members of the public NOT to attend courthouses in person at this time, unless they are required to be in court for a hearing or to make an urgent filing in a civil, criminal or family matter. READ THE FULL NOTICE

          Order Regarding Limitation Periods and Procedural Time Periods

          March 20, 2020

          The Lieutenant Governor in Council made an order under s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods. The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020. Please click here for a copy of the order. The Order in Council will also be posted on this website: https://www.ontario.ca/search/orders-in-council  and on e-Laws, as a regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e09?search=emergency+management

          Important Update Regarding Ontario Court of Justice Critical Operations

          March 20, 2020

          All family trials, criminal trials and preliminary inquiries between Friday March 20, 2020 and Friday May 29, 2020 are suspended, subject to a judge seized with a continuing matter ordering otherwise. This applies to both in-custody and out-of-custody accusedREAD MORE

          FOLA Real Estate Update 

          March 20, 2020

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          Execution of Wills during COVID-19

          March 20, 2020

          Lawyers from Hull & Hull have shared their practice tip regarding the Execution of a Will during COVID-19

          "Like many of you, we are struggling to figure out ways to get our clients’ Wills executed during this period of social distancing."

          The Problem: Ontario has very strict rules on how a Will has to be executed in order for it to be valid. Unlike many other Provinces, Ontario does not have “substantial compliance” legislation that allows a Court to validate a Will that has not been duly executed. READ MORE

          Statement - Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19

          March 19, 2020

          Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Doug Downey, Attorney General, issued the following statement in response to COVID-19 and the government's commitment to keep communities safe while continuing to hold offenders accountable: https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2020/03/ontario-taking-action-to-protect-critical-front-line-justice-services-in-response-to-covid-19.html

          Filings at the Waterloo Region Courthouse

          March 19, 2020

          Melissa Miller, Supervisor Court Operations, has issued a memo announcing new hours for the counter services. Counters will only be staffed from 10:00 am to noon and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, effective immediately. READ MEMO

          Message from Senior Regional Justice Arrell re: Central South Family Matters during Covid-19 shut down

          March 18, 2020


          A notice from Harrison S. Arrell, Regional Senior Justice – Superior Court of Justice Central South Region regarding a Notice to Profession regarding Family and Child Protection matters during the Covid-19 shut down. Please note this notice replaces the notice of March 17, 2020. READ NOTICE

          Message from Senior Regional Justice Arrell re: Central South Family Matters during Covid-19 shut down

          March 18, 2020

          A notice from Harrison S. Arrell, Regional Senior Justice – Superior Court of Justice Central South Region regarding a Notice to Profession advising that all family matters are adjourned to various dates in JuneREAD NOTICE

          Law Society of Ontario Corporate Statement re: COVID-19

          March 17, 2020

          The Law Society Ontario has now issued a Corporate Statement on Covid-19 that includes information on remotely identifying and verifying identity of clients and virtually commissioning documents.  To view the relevant excerpts from the Corporate Statement relating to these two issues please click hereThe full Corporate Statement can be found here.  

          Filings at the Waterloo Region Courthouse

          March 17, 2020

          The counters at Waterloo Region Courthouse are still open and are accepting all filings. The counters remain open for regular hours

          FOLA Real Estate Update 

          March 17, 2020

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          Waterloo Region Law Association Statement re: COVID-19

          March 16, 2020

          The Waterloo Law Association will be supporting public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have implemented a work at home plan for all employees commencing Monday, March 16 until further notice. Therefore, the WRLA will be be unstaffed at the Waterloo Region Courthouse effective Monday, March 16, and until further notice

          While working from home, we remain available to assist you as best we can. The the staff will still be able to provide research and reference assistance and membership services. Our general phone line remains open at 519-742-0872 and will be monitored, or you can contact us by email at pwilliams@waterloolaw.orgOur response times may be slower than usual, but we appreciate your patience.

          If you usually communicate with us by courier or postal mail, please use phone or email instead until further notice.

          This is an unprecedented situation requiring complex and rapid business decisions. We appreciate your patience as we continue to work to amend policies and/or put new processes in place. As the situation evolves and the advice of medical authorities is updated, the Waterloo Region Law Association will review business operations and proactively inform employees and WRLA members. READ FULL STATEMENT

          Message from Senior Regional Justice Arrell re: Central South Civil Matters during Covid-19 shut down

          March 16, 2020

          A notice from Harrison S. Arrell, Regional Senior Justice – Superior Court of Justice Central South Region regarding civil matters during the COVID-19 shut down. READ NOTICE
          OSJ Notice: Ontario Superior Court of Justice Operations Suspended Until Further Notice

          March 15, 2020

          The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has just announced that effective Tuesday March 17, 2020, Ontario Superior Court of Justice operations will be suspended until further notice. Only urgent public health & safety matters, and urgent civil, family and criminal matters will be heard. Additional details to be posted tonight at https://ontariocourts.ca/scj/  READ NOTICE

          Ontario Superior Court: Advisory Notice to Lawyers, Litigants, Witnesses, Jurors, Media, and Members of the Public Regarding COVID-19

          March 13, 2020

          Please click on the following link to view the latest information from the Ontario Superior Court regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/covid-19/

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