As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court of Appeal for Ontario is hearing appeals and motions by videoconference (Zoom), by teleconference, or in writing. Members of the media or the public who wish to observe a hearing and have not received the Zoom login information from the parties or counsel may send a request for observer access to the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for observer access should be sent at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing (excluding weekends and holidays). Unless the hearing is being held in camera (i.e., closed to the public) or other restrictions on access have been ordered by the Court, the Office of the Registrar will provide the observer with the Zoom link, webinar/meeting ID and password and associated telephone numbers. More information is available in the Court’s “Consolidated Practice Direction Regarding Proceedings in the Court of Appeal During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, under the heading “Public and Media Access to Zoom Hearings”.
Please remember that copying, recording, publishing, broadcasting or disseminating any court hearing, or any portion of it, including a hearing that is conducted over videoconference or teleconference, is prohibited and is an offence under s. 136 of the Courts of Justice Act.
General filing and scheduling information about Court of Appeal cases, such as whether an appeal has been filed, the status of appeals and/or hearing dates, is available through the Court’s Intake Office. This office can be reached by phone, Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 416-327-5020 or toll free at 1-855-718-1756 (choose option #2 for the Intake Office when prompted).
Other media requests, including requests to photograph/film within Osgoode Hall or requests for an interview, can be sent to the Office of the Registrar to: email@example.com.
All court decisions are posted on this website, and later on CanLII. Media requests related to decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario may be sent to the Office of the Executive Legal Officer to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media requests for comment from the Ministry or its staff or for matters before the Superior Court of Justice or the Ontario Court of Justice can be sent to: MAG-Media@Ontario.ca (email) or 416-326-2210 (phone).
A fundamental principle of our justice system is the right of the public to attend hearings and publish information about court proceedings. These rights are limited in some situations by non-publication orders that are mandated by statute or court order.
From time to time, applications are made to the Court of Appeal for an order to impose or lift an exceptional, discretionary non-publication order, for an order to seal or unseal a court file, or for an order for a hearing to take place in the absence of the public, or “in camera“.
Members of the media can receive notice of such applications by subscribing to the Court of Appeal’s RSS feed on the topic, “Notices re: possible court access restrictions” , and will be given an opportunity to participate in such application hearings.
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