About the Court

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

Return to Remote Appeal Hearings, Suspension of Status Court and Purge Court, and Closure of Public Counter

(December 17, 2021; revised January 13, 2022)

In response to the most recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective December 20, 2021 and until further notice: (i) unless otherwise directed, all appeal hearings at the Court of Appeal for Ontario will proceed remotely using the Zoom platform; (ii) status court and purge court are suspended; and (iii) public counter services will not be available. All members of the public should avoid non-essential visits to the courthouse. Parties must file all documents electronically in accordance with the Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings in the Court of Appeal During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Gowning Not Required

(January 10, 2022)

In response to the most recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, until further notice, counsel are not expected to gown for any appearances before the court. The Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings in the Court of Appeal During the COVID-19 Pandemic has been amended to reflect this change (see para. 93).


Return to Previous Standard Wording of Surrender Condition in Release Orders for Appellants on Bail Pending Appeal

(December 21, 2021)

In response to the most recent developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately and until further notice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario is returning to using the standard wording of the surrender condition in release orders that was used previously in the pandemic. This wording requires appellants on bail to surrender by 7:00 a.m. the morning the judgment is to be released or by 7:00 a.m. on the “sunset date” (i.e., the expiry date of the release order), whichever is earlier. For more information, please see paras. 125-131 of the Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings in the Court of Appeal During the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Judicial Appointments

(December 20, 2021)

Justice Jonathon George and Justice Lise Favreau Appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.


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