Media

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court of Appeal for Ontario is hearing appeals and motions in person, remotely by videoconference and/or 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 coa.registrar@ontario.ca. 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.

Media Contacts

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: coa.registrar@ontario.ca.

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: coa.executivelegalofficer@ontario.ca.

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).

Possible Restrictions on Court Access: Non-Publication Orders, In Camera Hearings, and Sealing Orders

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” RSS icon, and will be given an opportunity to participate in such application hearings.

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Notice to the Media – Application for Appeal to Be Heard in Camera

November 10, 2021

R. v. Barreau
Court of Appeal File No. C69732

This appeal is scheduled to be heard on December 17, 2021. It is an appeal from a decision of a judge of the Superior Court of Justice dismissing an application in the nature of certiorari to quash a subpoena. The subpoena compelled a witness to testify on a Charter application in a trial in the Ontario Court of Justice.

The main issue in the appeal is whether the third-party records regime set out in ss. 278.1-278.9 of the Criminal Code applies to a document that was relied on to support the issuance of the subpoena.

The proceedings in the lower courts in relation to this issue took place in camera. The appellants in this appeal have brought an application to have the appeal heard in camera. The application is to be heard on the same day as the appeal – December 17, 2021.

Representatives of the media who wish to appear before the court on December 17, 2021 to make submissions on the application to proceed in camera are to provide notice in writing of their intent to appear by December 3, 2021. In their written notice, representatives of the media should indicate if they plan to appear in person or remotely. Written notice shall be sent by email to the Office of the Executive Legal Officer: coa.executivelegalofficer@ontario.ca. The Executive Legal Officer will provide copies of the notice to the parties.

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