The Ministry of the Attorney General recently released updated guidelines on resuming court operations. The “COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Measures for Resuming Court Operations” guidebook provides details about the steps being taken to ensure courts continue to operate safely. It includes information on: preparing courthouses to resume in-person appearances; protocols in place to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission […]
The Notice to the Profession for Toronto was amended effective November 19, 2021 to provide for a new Case Conference Request form. This form replaces the Chambers Appointment Hearing Request form. There is also a new email address to submit Case Conference Request forms: TorontoCaseConferenceAppointments@Ontario.ca. Rule 50.13 addresses case conferences. Under rule 50.13(5), at a […]
The Consolidated Practice Direction for Toronto was amended effective November 4, 2021. One of the changes is that motion/application confirmation forms must include either the Justice Services Online filing confirmation number, or verification that the court documents were filed in hard copy at the court office. The second change is that the trial coordinator’s office […]
The Notice to the Profession for Toronto was amended effective October 18, 2021 to indicate that pre-trial conference briefs should only be uploaded to CaseLines, not e-mailed to the trial coordinator’s office or submitted through the court’s online portal. Specifically, paragraph C.3.9 of the Notice states: Briefs, draft reports, and any other documents pursuant to […]
The Ontario Court of Appeal is considering a return to in-person hearings as early as November 8, 2021. The Court of Appeal has released a document called “Tentative Model for Return to In-Person Proceedings“. There may be a staggered return, with in-person criminal appeals beginning before civil appeals. There will be a number of health […]
The Notice to the Profession for Toronto was amended on September 29, 2021 to provide a link to a new Requisition to Schedule a Short Motion or Application form. This form now contains a section for the judge or associate judge to endorse and sign.