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Superior Court of Justice Announces Expanded Operations

In a further Notice to the Profession released today, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice advised that it is expanding its operations beyond just urgent hearings, effective April 6, 2020, allowing for some additional matters to be heard remotely.

The first stage of this expansion is fairly limited for civil matters and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For the most part (and in Toronto), the Court will now hear motions for approval of settlements and consent motions in writing.

The Court will also conduct, by telephone or video conference, pre-trial conferences that were previously cancelled due to the court closure, but only where all parties fully intend to settle the case.