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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

Court of Appeal to Launch new Decision Database

(October 5, 2022)


Opening of the Courts 2022

Remarks of the Honourable J. Michal Fairburn, Associate Chief Justice of Ontario

The Opening of Courts Ceremony for 2022 on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sd7Be7yG9ag

(October 3, 2022)


Notice regarding Proceedings involving the Crown

(September 21, 2022)


New File Naming Convention for Electronic Materials

(September 13, 2022)

The Court of Appeal has changed the file naming convention for electronic materials. The file name must now start with the document character code, followed by the Court of Appeal file number, and end with the relevant file extension. For more information, see Appendix B of the COVID Practice Direction.


The Honourable George R. Strathy retires from the Court of Appeal for Ontario today, after having served as Chief Justice of Ontario for eight years and as an appellate and trial judge for nearly fifteen years. On the occasion of his retirement, he has published some reflections on Ontario’s justice system: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/about-the-court/publications-speeches/cjo-strathy-speech-justice-system/.

(August 31, 2022)


Retirement of Chief Justice George Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

(August 26, 2022)


Launch of New Digital Case Tracking System

(August 30, 2022)


Public Statement by Ontario’s three Chief Justices regarding September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (PDF)

(August 25, 2022)


Updates to COVID Practice Direction Regarding Manner of Hearing for Inmate and ORB Appeals and Gowning

(August 22, 2022)

The Court of Appeal for Ontario updated its COVID Practice Direction today with respect to the manner of hearing for inmate and Ontario Review Board appeals and the Court’s expectations regarding gowning. In brief, the updates are:

  • As of September 6, 2022, in-custody inmates and in-custody, unrepresented parties to ORB appeals will be presumed to be appearing in person, although they can choose to appear remotely so long as they advise the Court in advance.

For the full updates, please review the Court’s COVID Practice Direction.


COVID-Related Procedures at the Court of Appeal for Ontario: Masks

(June 16, 2022)

Beginning July 4, 2022, masks will no longer be required at the Court of Appeal. Attendees may still choose to wear a mask. Many COVID-19 protective measures remain in place. If you are attending an appeal hearing, please review the Court’s COVID-19 Practice Direction and the Protocol for In-Person Hearings During the Pandemic.


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