The Central East Region of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently issued a new Notice to the Profession dealing with civil trials. The regular civil trial sittings will commence on May 17, 2021 for three weeks. Only non-jury matters will be heard. Trials will be conducted virtually. The following cases are eligible to be placed on […]
In normal times, people can walk into a courtroom at the Court of Appeal to watch a hearing, save for limited circumstances. This is part of the “open court” principle. However, due to the pandemic, appeals are being heard remotely by video conference. The Court of Appeal has issued a practice direction stating that members of […]
The amendments to the Occupiers’ Liability Act came into force on January 29, 2021. This means that plaintiffs now have to comply with a 60 day notice requirement for occupiers’ liability claims involving accidents caused by snow or ice. Written notice has to be provided to an occupier of the premises or to an independent contractor employed […]
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has updated its Frequently Asked Questions about CaseLines. The updates include required document naming protocols and information on using tabs, bookmarks, and hyperlinks.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction was amended effective January 18, 2021. The amendments address gowning in court, as well as costs outlines and a new Judges’ Book of Authorities in class proceedings. Gowning Requirements Paragraph 59 of the Consolidated Practice Direction indicates that, unless a region-specific Practice Direction states otherwise, […]
In an updated Notice to the Profession and Public issued yesterday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice advised that the suspension of jury trials is extended until at least May 3, 2021. Jury trials that are in progress may continue subject to the discretion of the trial judge. Further, the Notice states that non-jury matters […]