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COVID-19 Updates


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 29, 2020 @ 10:49 A.M.

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

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    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

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    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

    READ MORE

    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

    READ MORE

    FOLA Legal Aid Update

    March 27, 2020

    READ MORE

    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

    READ MORE

    LAO Summary Legal Advise

    March 25, 2020

    READ MORE

    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

    READ MORE

    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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