COVID-19: Notice to the Profession and the Public (March 17, 2020)
Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, except as provided below, the Court of Appeal will suspend all scheduled appeals for a period of 3 weeks (until April 3, 2020). During this period, urgent appeals will be heard based on either the written materials or remotely.
Parties on non-urgent appeals that were scheduled between March 17 and April 3, 2020 can request that their appeal be heard in writing.
We will provide further information once we have assessed the situation during this period.
Anyone wishing to have their matter heard on an urgent basis should send a request to the attention of the Senior Legal Officer at COA.SeniorLegalOfficer@ontario.ca
The request should provide the following information:
Parties on non-urgent matters can request that their appeal be heard based on the written materials already filed. Such a request should be addressed to the attention of the Senior Legal Officer at COA.SeniorLegalOfficer@ontario.ca
Such requests should only be made if all parties consent to having the matter heard in writing.
Appeals between April 3 - April 30
The court continues to encourage parties to appeals that are scheduled to proceed between April 3 and April 30 to consider and consent to adjournments.
B. Single Judge Motions
During the week of March 16, 2020
Single judge motions will continue to be heard as scheduled for the week of March 16, 2020. The motion judge will preside remotely. Alternatively, on consent, a motion may proceed based on the written materials that the parties have filed.
The court encourages all parties to non-urgent motions that are scheduled to proceed the week of March 16, 2020 to request and consent to adjournments. Parties should contact the motions office at email@example.com to advise of consent adjournments or consent to motions proceeding in writing.
After March 20, 2020
Pending further notice, the same procedures will apply as for the week of March 16, 2020. The court encourages parties not to bring non-urgent motions and to request and consent to adjournments of motions that have been scheduled.
C. New Filings
Osgoode Hall will remain open to receive dropped off court materials only. Public service counters are closed until further notice. All clients are encouraged to send filings by mail or to drop them off below the digital display within the Court's Intake Office. Please attach a cheque or instructions regarding whom to contact for payment of court filing fees. For filings by mail or that have been dropped off, you will be notified by phone, email, or regular mail when your filing has been accepted. Factums can continue to be filed electronically.