There’s no doubt that the emergence and the response to COVID-19 has upended and shaken the lives of everyone in Ontario. Institutions that we rely on through our day-to-day lives, including courts, have either shut down completely or limited their services. Ontario’s courts are no exceptions. We wanted to take some time today to share the latest. Please be advised that the information presented below could change at any time. We encourage you to check in on the latest news directly if needed.
For the most part, if you have a matter before Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice, your court appearances will be postponed. The courts are closed for all criminal and family matters that are not urgent. People with previously scheduled appearances between now and May 29 have been asked not to attend, though the courts would like people to request an adjournment. Information on how to do so can be found here.
For family law the following urgent matters are still being heard on a prioritized basis:
Other are also being heard, include,
The courts have indicated that they plan on developing some kind of plan to allow them to resume operations. The courts said, ““In the weeks ahead, the Court will finalize a plan to resume regular operations. We anticipate the establishment of a Return to Operations (RO) Scheduling Court, where matters that have been adjourned will be rescheduled. We will strongly encourage counsel and parties to consent to future hearing dates. Should an appearance before the RO Scheduling Court be required, matters will likely be heard by teleconference.”
We will be sure to update our readers on any other developments are we become aware of them.
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