WONDERING WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN VISITING A COURTHOUSE?
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MAG GUIDEBOOK-PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR REOPENING COURTS;
and this: VIDEO
(the Guidebook is a living document and may continue to be updated over time)
OCJ REMOTE HEARINGS
To help to ensure that remote hearings run effectively, the Court is publishing Guidelines for Conducting Remote Hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice. The Guidelines provide best practices for remote hearings.
For technical information about participating in a Zoom hearing, please see the ZOOM User Guide for Remote Hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice.
On June 19, 2020, Ontario's Recovery Secretariat hosted a virtual town halls on COVID-19 safety and the reopening of Ontario's Courts.
The town hall offered an overview of MAG's phased, gradual and responsive plan for court recovery, which aligns with the Framework for Reopening Our Province.
Here are materials from the town hall and information session:
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The report of the discount rate subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee dated April 27, 2020 and entitled “ Report to the Civil Rules Committee on rules 53.09 and 53.10” is now available on the Court of Appeal’s website,
The report was prepared by the discount rate subcommittee to assist the Civil Rules Committee in its quadrennial review in accordance with s.66(4) of the Courts of Justice Act of the following:
1. the discount rate to be used in determining the amount of an award in respect of future pecuniary damages;
2. the method of calculating the amount to be included in an award of damages to offset any liability for income tax on income from investment of the award;
3. the prejudgment interest rate with respect to the rate of interest on damages for non-pecuniary loss.
In April 2020, FOLA, along with the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, created the joint E-Hearings Task Force to review technologies that can help ensure Ontario’s justice system continue to function during and following the coronavirus pandemic.
On May 13, 2020, the e-Hearings Taskforce released some helpful documents (linked below) on best practices to help provide guidance to anyone who is considering preparing for and participating in a remote hearing.
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!
If you've participated in a remote hearing and have some additional suggestions, we'd love to hear them! Please email Katie Robinette at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "REMOTE HEARINGS" in the subject line.
The OTLA prepared a submission to the Courts and MAG regarding the Modernization of Ontario's Civil Justice System. Chapter 4 covers: Best Practices for Remote Examinations for Discovery
Chapter 5 covers: Best Practices for Remote Mediations
You can download the report here.
The Small Claims Court has updated its Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public
1. The Court is lifting the date range limiting the previously scheduled settlement conferences it will hear remotely at the request of one party.
2. There is now information about the re-opening of Small Claims Court counter service.
SCJ Consolidated Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and the Media provides for an electronic process to apply for a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee (Oct 6)
Notice to Profession for Appeals from the Landlord and Tenant Board in the Divisional Court (Effective August 24, 2020)
Notice Regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations (August 26, 2020)
Notice to the Profession – Divisional Court (June 29, 2020)
Notice Re Urgent Matters Emailed to Trial Co-Ordinators (March 24, 2020)
PRACTICE DIRECTIONS & NOTICES REGARDING COVID-19
NOTE: All limitation and procedural time periods that were previously suspended pursuant to O. Reg. 73/20 have resumed. For further information, please see the government's news release and O. Reg. 457/20. Procedural time periods that were previously suspended in the Court of Appeal already resumed running on Thursday, July 16, 2020. For information on the resumption of time periods at the Court of Appeal, please see the Practice Directions and Notices regarding COVID-19.
Notice Regarding Videconference Appearance Technology (Zoom) (July 6, 2020)
Amended Practice Direction Concerning Manner of Service, Inmate Appeal Books, and Orders for Release of Electronic Exhibits in Criminal Matters Given the Exceptional and Evolving Circumstances Concerning COVID-19 (PDF) (June 25, 2020)
Notice of Public Counter Services (March 23, 2020)
Jury selection and trials are scheduled in Brampton, Toronto and Hamilton. In Brampton, the Pearson Convention Centre, and in Toronto, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, are being prepared to support jury selection. In Hamilton, selection will occur on-site at the Hamilton courthouse. Trials at all three locations will be held on-site at each courthouse.
To best ensure the health and safety of all participants (individuals summoned to a jury panel, jurors, the judiciary, parties to the proceeding, and court staff and management, the Recovery Secretariat has developed the attached jury recovery guidance materials.
To request French translated versions, please get in touch at MAGRecoverySecretariat@ontario.ca
A video tour by the Ontario Government showing lawyers and clients what to expect as they re-enter Courthouses and Courtrooms.