- Counsel are required to robe for panel motions and appeals. Self-represented litigants are not required to Robe.
- Counsel are NOT required to robe for single judge motions.
- All parties whose matters are scheduled to be heard on that day must be present and signed in by the start of court.
- It is recommended to arrive early to the courtroom.
- Courtroom doors open half an hour prior to the start of court.
- Court of Appeal hearings are staffed by 1 Courtroom Registrar and 1 Usher. They sit at a desk in the front of the Courtroom.
- There are no Court Reporters and transcripts are not produced. The Court of Appeal is not a court of record.
- An attendance sheet must be completed by all parties before the start of court. The sheets are located at the front of the Courtroom with the Registrar.
- Where do I sit?
- There are no assigned seats in the Courtrooms.
- Parties making submissions can speak with the Registrar for more information.
- Court of Appeal for Ontario judges are addressed as “Justice” followed by their last name.
- All electronic devices must be turned off or be on “airplane mode” during all court hearings.
- It is NOT acceptable to eat food or chew gum in court.
- On the case list judges are listed based on seniority and seated as follows:
- Judge A - President of the Panel
- Judge B - Second most senior
- Judge C - Third most senior
- When Court commences all in attendance are asked to stand until the Judge(s) are seated.
- The Judge will then address the case that is to start and call upon the party to make submissions.
- Generally the appellant(s)/moving party(ies) is/are called first , then the respondent(s) will follow if asked to, and lastly the appellant(s)/moving party(ies) can provide a reply.