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The Court of Appeal for Ontario is the highest level of court in Ontario and hears appeals from the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. The Chief Justice of Ontario, the Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, and approximately 30 other judges sit on the Court of Appeal. All Read more

Kick-Off Event for the Rosenberg Mentorship Moot

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, the Court of Appeal for Ontario held a kick-off event to welcome the mooters, mentors and judges who will be participating in the Rosenberg Mentorship Moot on Saturday, January 28, 2023. The moot is an opportunity for junior counsel (called to the Bar in 2015 or later) to obtain mentorship, guidance and oral advocacy experience in the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The moot is inspired by and named in honour of the Honourable Marc Rosenberg, a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario from 1995 to 2015. The program aims to carry on his example of mentorship, kindness and collegiality. Special thanks to Marie Henein, who shared with the audience her tips for oral advocacy as well as her memories of Justice Rosenberg, and to Nader Hasan, who provided an oral advocacy demonstration.


The Prime Minister of Canada has announced the appointment of the Honourable Michael H. Tulloch as the new Chief Justice of Ontario

(December 19, 2022)

Please see: pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-r


Housekeeping Amendments to the Civil Practice Direction

(November 28, 2022)

The Court of Appeal for Ontario released today housekeeping amendments to its Practice Direction Concerning Civil Appeals at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The amendments:

  • Encourage parties to file a copy of the reasons for decision or endorsement for the order being appealed from with their notice of appeal (s. 6.4(1));
  • Encourage parties that are making payments by credit card to include the credit card authorization form with their notice of appeal, notice of motion and certificate of perfection (ss. 6.4(2), 7.1.2(5), 7.2.2(3) and 11.1(2));
  • Require parties to select the motion hearing date where the time limits are met (ss. 7.1.2(2) and 7.1.3(1));
  • Clarify that the notice of motion and factum must contain an estimated length of time for the moving party’s oral argument (ss. 7.1.2(4) and 7.1.7(3));
  • Remind parties that they are not required to confirm a motion will proceed on its scheduled hearing date (s. 7.1.3(8));
  • Clarify that unopposed motions will be treated like motions on consent (s. 7.1.4);
  • Clarify the process for motions to intervene (s. 7.1.10);
  • Indicate that, on motions for leave to appeal, the moving party’s motion record must contain both the order and decision from which leave to appeal is sought (s. 7.2.7(2));
  • Require parties to indicate if an appeal management request is on consent and provide parties opposing the request 7 days to respond (s. 8(1));
  • Explain the process and outline the materials required for grouped appeals (s. 11.9);
  • Provide parties responding to a request to reconsider a prior precedential decision 14 days to respond (s. 13);
  • Require parties to address costs when filing a notice of abandonment (s. 14(3)); and
  • Remind parties of the need to file a notice of abandonment even if the parties notify the Appeal Scheduling Unit that the appeal has been abandoned (s. 14(5)).

Update to Criminal Appeal Rules Forms

(October 20, 2022)

The Court of Appeal for Ontario updated the title of proceedings on Forms 1 through 19 in the Criminal Appeal Rules today by changing the words “Her Majesty the Queen” to “His Majesty the King”.


Updates to COVID Practice Direction Regarding Affidavits of Service, Electronic Filing, Video Observation Requests by In-Custody, Represented Appellants and Working Hours of Motions/Bail Orders Clerk

(October 17, 2022)

The Court of Appeal for Ontario updated its COVID Practice Direction today regarding:

  • Affidavits of service (see para. 39);
  • The acceptable file formats and file sizes for electronic filing (see paras. 49-51);
  • Fee waiver request forms (see para. 66);
  • How to submit a request for an in-custody, represented appellant to observe their appeal hearing by video (see paras. 93-95); and
  • The working hours of the motions/bail orders clerk (see para. 168).

New Decision Database

(October 13, 2022)


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