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COVID-19: Recommended Precautionary Measures: Resuming Court Operations March 4, 2021

COURT NOTICES

Announcement - Return to In-Person Appearances Ontario Court of Appeal - October 26 2021 
Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings in the Court of Appeal during the Covid-19 pandemic
COVID-19: Practice Direction Authorizing Alternate Form of Appearance where an Enhanced Designation of Counsel has been Filed 
Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice - May 17 2021 
SCJ Notice to the Profession - dated May 12 2021 
OCJ Notice to the Profession re All Family Matters - dated May 7 2021 
OCJ Notice to the Profession re All Family Matters - dated April 23 2021

OCJ Notice to the Profession re Criminal Proceedings - dated April 21 2021

RSJ Ricchetti - Notice to the Profession - dated April 21, 2021
Chief Justice Morawetz - Notice to the Profession - dated April 20 2021 
Chief Justice Morawetz - Notice to the Profession - dated April 8, 2021 
Consolidated COVID-19 Practice Direction Ontario Court of Appeal - March 15, 2021 
Virtual Courtroom Protocols - Central West
SCJ Best Practices and Etiquette for Remote Hearings 
Practice Direction re Remote Observation and Oral Hearings During COVID-19 - January 25 2021

RSJ Ricchetti letter re Halton Family Case Conferences - January 7 2021 
Additional notes:  
1.  Counsel should contact the Trial Coordinator’s Office by telephone.  That way the new date can be obtained right away and the old date vacated.
2. The limitation is 4 pages of background/facts/submissions that are usually appended to Form 17.  Recently, one counsel added a 54 page summary for the case conference judge!  Such conference briefs will be rejected.
3. If conference briefs are filed in accordance with the Rules, there should be no difficulty in the materials getting to the judge.  The Registrar double checks this.  Where the problem arises is where the materials are filed within a day or two of the conference. The electronic filing portal receives over 300 submissions a day from counsel.  There is obviously a delay in getting files to the judge.  As a result, I insisted that the family law case conference filings for these two special family conference weeks are to be filed by January 31, 2021, or the matter may be removed administratively from the hearings list or not heard by the conference judge. There are three weeks prior to this deadline and it should not be onerous to comply with this requirement.

Memo - CJ Morawetz to Profession and Public Update Dec 22 2020.pdf
Notice to the Profession re Jury Trials - December 14 2020
Central West Region Notice to the Profession re Long Motions - November 20 2020
Notice to the Profession re Jury Trials in Brampton, Milton, Orangeville and Toronto - November 10 2020

CENTRAL WEST REGION Notice to Profession with link to Electronic Filing - September 25 2020

Central West region-Electronic Filing Court Documents - September 25 2020

Milton Family OCJ Notice to the Profession and Public September 25 2020
Milton OCJ Family Notice to the Profession - Protocol for all Family Matters - August 24 2020
Milton OCJ Family Protocol and Practices for Remote Hearings - May 25 2020
Notice to the Profession re Criminal Matters - May 11 2020
COVID-19 OCJ Consent Variation Procedures May 11 2020
COVID-19 OCJ Consent Variation of Police Undertaking
COVID-19 OCJ Consent Bail Variation Form
COVID-19 OCJ Bail Hearings Protocol
Consent Variation Procedures for Release Orders & Police Undertakings in OCJ
Small Claims Court Counter Service Suspension - May 4 2020
Public Notice for Email Filing – March 28 2020
Notice to the Legal Profession regarding the Civil Claims Online - March 23 2020

OTHER NOTICES & LINKS

CaseLines Demo
LIRN Notice to Library Staff
Message from Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
AFCC Parenting Guidelines during COVID-19
Employer Workplace Safety Guidelines
Employer's COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Playbook
Sign up for a free trial of Quicklaw: https://www.lexisnexis.ca/en-ca/products/lexis-advance-quicklaw-overview.page.

LEGISLATION

Re-opening Ontario - A Flexible Response to COVID-19 Act, S.O. 2020, c.17
COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, S.O. 2020, c. 7
Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, RSO 1990, c. E.9
O.Reg. 73/20 - Limitation Periods
O.Reg 76/20 - Electronic Service
O.Reg 129/20 Signatures in Wills & POA
Order in Council 518-2020 - Emergency Order - March 17, 2020

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