Opening of the Courts – Remarks by Chief Justice Heather Forster Smith

13/09/2018

Remarks of Chief Justice Heather Smith
Superior Court of Justice
Opening of the Courts
Toronto, September 13, 2018

Annual Opening the Court Speech 2018

Amendments to two Practice Directions in the Northwest Region

04/09/2018

Effective September 4, 2018, two Practice Directions of the Superior Court of Justice, Northwest Region will be amended.

Amendments to the Consolidated Practice Direction for the Northwest Region will set out directives regarding the use of CourtCall, a remote-appearance service, to make telephone and video appearances in the Region.

The Consolidated Practice Direction Concerning Family Cases in the Northwest Region will be amended in respect of: scheduling long motions, the length of conferences, filing electronic copies of material via USB key and requests for telephone and video appearances at conferences.

The Practice Directions are available at http://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/northwest/.

Amendments to Practice Directions and to a Central East Region Practice Advisory

04/06/2018

Effective June 15, 2018, the following changes have been made to the Superior Court of Justice’s Practice Directions and Practice Advisories:

Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction

  • Paragraph 46 has been updated to reflect the times for family long motions in the Southwest Region.
  • Section C (Release of Digital Recordings) of Part V has been amended in respect of digital recordings of civil motions, family motions and Small Claims Court proceedings.
  • Part VI (Books of Authorities in Civil Proceedings) has been added.

Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region

  • Paragraph 9 has been amended to require parties to provide the Court with a chronology of events and a compendium in long motions and motions for summary judgment.
  • Part IV (Certification of an Action to Set Pre-Trial and Trial Dates) has been amended to require parties to file a Timetable for Service of Expert Reports form.

Consolidated Practice Direction Concerning the Estates List in the Toronto Region

  • Section D (Guardianship Applications) of Part V has been amended in respect of the procedure for commencing a guardianship application.

Practice Advisory Concerning Long Motions in the Central East Region

Practice Advisory Concerning Long Motions in the City of Welland

28/03/2018

New Practice Advisories, effective April 3, 2018, set out the requirements for the Toronto Region Long Motions Pilot and the Welland Long Motions Pilot.

The Practice Advisory Concerning Long Motions in the City of Welland applies to all civil, family and stand-alone pre-trial criminal long motions (e.g. 11b applications) that are scheduled for one or more hours. Parties will be required to submit motions materials in paper, as required by the rules of court, and electronically on a USB stick. The pilot excludes child protection cases, criminal third party records applications and criminal long motions heard during trial.

Practice Advisory Concerning Civil Long Motions in the Toronto Region

New Practice Advisories, effective April 3, 2018, set out the requirements for the Toronto Region Long Motions Pilot and the Welland Long Motions Pilot.

The Practice Advisory Concerning Civil Long Motions in the Toronto Region applies to all civil long motions before judges that are scheduled for two or more hours. Parties will be required to submit motions materials in paper, as required by the rules of court, and electronically on a USB stick.

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