On December 7, 2018, three Superior Court of Justice Practice Directions will be amended.
The Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction will be amended to provide that:
- Case Management Masters are to be addressed as “Your Honour”; and
- paragraphs 47 through 51 apply to all motions to transfer a civil proceeding under Rule 13.1.02 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and will no longer be limited to four regions.
Part II of the Consolidated Divisional Court Practice Direction will be amended to provide new requirements for motions for leave to appeal to the Divisional Court:
- Paragraph 9 will be deleted. Subsequent paragraphs will be renumbered.
- Counsel are reminded that all motions for leave to appeal must include, in the motion record, a copy of the signed and entered order from which leave to appeal is sought. In the materials filed with the court, parties should refer to themselves as “the moving party” or the “responding party”. Both the moving party’s and responding party’s motion records must include costs submissions respecting the motion for leave to appeal, unless doing so would disclose an offer to settle. Costs submissions should include the proposed quantum of costs (win or lose) and a costs outline (Form 57B).
The Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region will be amended to eliminate the practice of booking short motions and short applications by telephone.
Effective October 26, 2018, the Consolidated Practice Direction for the Northwest Region and the Consolidated Practice Direction for the Northeast Region will require pre-assessment hearings in all solicitor/client costs assessments. This follows on the success of a pilot of the requirement in Sudbury and Thunder Bay that began in January 2018.
Remarks of Chief Justice Heather Smith
Superior Court of Justice
Opening of the Courts
Toronto, September 13, 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/.