Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court- re Settlement Conferences and Re-opening of Small Claims Court Counter Service – October 9, 2020

Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Including Electronic Filings and Document Sharing (Caselines Pilot) – September 2, 2020

Notice re Appeals from the Landlord and Tenant Board in the Divisional Court effective August 24, 2020

Filing Direction for Commercial List and Estates List – August 17, 2020

Notice Regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations – August 10, 2020

Continued Suspension of Small Claims Court – July 10, 2020

Notice of Proceedings – Southwest RegionJune 24, 2020

Effective July 6, 2020, the Regional Notice entitled Notice to the Profession – Second Expansion of Matters to be Heard in the Ontario Superior Court – Southwest Region (May 12, 2020) is rescinded.

Notice to Profession – Divisional Court – June 29, 2020

Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused, Media and Members of the Public – June 25, 2020

Notice to the Profession, Public, Accused Persons and the Media Regarding the Suspension of Criminal and Civil Jury Trials – April 20, 2020

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

There are two developments you should know about:

  1. On Friday, March 27, Chief Justice Morawetz sent out a letter to the profession announcing that effective April 6, the scope of matters that could be dealt with remotely would be expanded.  It was anticipated that the Court’s plan to expand virtual operations would be released on April 2. To liaise with the SCO, a bench and bar committee is being struck, with the members of that committee coming from various justice stakeholders, including FOLA.  I will be acting as FOLA’s representative on this bench and bar committee.  We are having our first Zoom meeting Tuesday afternoon and I will report further following that meeting.
  1. A task force has been struck to try to locate a suitable vendor who could provide a platform for electronic hearings.   This task force is being chaired by Maria-Andre Vermette, member of the Advocates Society.  FOLA’s representative on the task force is east region representative Kristin Muszynski.  That task force is in contact with MAG and the Executive Legal Officer from the SCO.  We will report on the task force as its work progresses.

One of the challenges faced in the SCO, as was referenced in Justice Morawetz’s letter last week, is the court’s limited ability to receive materials in electronic format and the support required to run a virtual court.  Additionally, the ability of the court to provide electronic services is not uniform throughout the province.