OCJ

Notice re Duty Counsel Services that may be provided by Legal Aid Ontario duty counsel in the new Ontario Court of Justice’s virtual case management courts. If you have any questions, you are encouraged to contact Marcus Pratt, Director of Policy, LAO: PrattM@lao.on.ca. The notice can be accessed below: 

Duty Counsel Services – Virtual Case Management Courts Notice

Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice – September 2, 2020

Update regarding Criminal Case Management Appearances – Province-Wide Implementation of Virtual Case Management Courts – August 19, 2020

Information for Self-Represented Accused Persons with Criminal Cases in the Ontario Court of Justice – August 19, 2020

Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of electronically submitting documents at the Ontario Court of Justice – August 10, 2020

Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice – August 10, 2020

OCJ Notices – August 6, 2020

  • Notice re Trials and Preliminary Hearings at courthouses opening on August 17 and 24.
  • Practice Direction authorizing alternate form of appearance when an enhanced designation of counsel has been filed
  • Virtual Criminal Case Management Courts Pilot (Kitchener and Ottawa)

Notice to Counsel and the Public Re Criminal Matters – Effective May 11, 2020

May 4, 2020
This Communication is to advise that 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
<https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/>. 

OCJ Trial Coordinator Offices Contact List

This communication is to advise that effective March 28, 2020
the Ontario Court of Justice is limiting access to courthouses.
People should not attend Ontario Court of Justice courthouses
unless they fall in one of the exceptions outlined in the attached notice. 
 
This decision is part of the collective efforts to curb the spread of the 
COVID-19 virus and to protect the health and safety of court users, justice 
system participants and members of the public. 
 
The attached notices provide more details about remote attendance by
counsel and/or litigants (including in-custody accused), how to deal
with requests for access to court proceedings and how to file court
documents for urgent matters by email. 
 
Also attached is a document containing contact information for Trial 
Coordinator's Offices. Counsel who receive requests from
persons with an interest in a particular proceeding and are asking
to attend or participate in the proceeding remotely should contact the
appropriate Trial Coordinator's Office. This list of Trial Coordinator's
Offices email addresses is not for public distribution or posting.