(May 10, 2022)
The Court of Appeal for Ontario has created an infographic and a flyer summarizing the current COVID-related procedures. They can be found at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/how-to-proceed-court/covid-19/covid-related-procedures-at-a-glance/.
(March 22, 2022; revised April 26, 2022)
Beginning April 4, 2022, the Court of Appeal for Ontario will begin hearing appeals and panel motions in person.
Inmate appeals will also be returning to an in-person format, but until further notice, inmates who are in custody at the time of their appeal hearing will continue to appear by video conference. Inmates who are out of custody at the time of their appeal hearing may choose to appear in person or by video conference. For motions in inmate matters, inmates – whether in custody or out of custody at the time of the motion hearing – must appear remotely by video or audio conference.
Appeal from orders made under Part XX.1 – Mental Disorder of the Criminal Code (generally known as Ontario Review Board appeals or ORB appeals) will also be returning to an in-person format, but until further notice, accused persons who are in custody at the time of their appeal hearing and who are not represented by a lawyer will continue to appear remotely by video conference. Accused persons who are out of custody at the time of their appeal hearing and who are not represented by a lawyer may choose to appear in person or by video conference. For motions in these matters, accused persons who are not represented by a lawyer – whether in custody or out of custody at the time of the motion hearing – must appear remotely by video or audio conference.
Single motions, purge court, and status court will continue to be heard remotely until further notice.
Parties will have the option of attending in-person appeals and panel motions remotely using a Zoom link, which will be provided to them.
Until further notice, the Court will continue to encourage physical distancing. In-person attendance is ordinarily limited to individuals making oral submissions and a maximum of two additional individuals per party. All other individuals, including members of the public and media, will be able to observe remotely by Zoom.
Given the return to in-person hearings, the Court is also revising the standard wording for the surrender condition in release orders pending appeal.
For more information about these changes, please review the Court’s Protocol for In-Person Hearings During the COVID-10 Pandemic at this link and the Court’s Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings During the COVID-19 Pandemic at this link. Please also ensure to use the Court’s updated Counsel Slip and Hearing Information Form at this link.
(March 28, 2022)
Justice Jill M. Copeland Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
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