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COVID-19 Notices and Updates (Updated May 22, 2020)

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To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency until June 2, 2020.  In light of the uncertainty about the duration of the state of emergency in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice will continue to operate on a reduced schedule.  For details about the Court’s operations in criminal, family and Provincial Offences Act matters, refer to the notices and directives listed below.

The Court is working closely with its justice partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General, to expand the range of matters it adjudicates, and to adopt technology that will increase participants’ ability to access courthouse services using remote means. The Court is also working with justice partners to plan for the eventual resumption of in-person attendances in a way that protects the health and safety of all participants.

Given the continued recommendations by public health authorities for everyone to stay home as much as possible and to maintain a safe distance from others, people are strongly discouraged from attending any courthouse. All proceedings will be held by audioconference or videoconference unless otherwise directed.

Do not come into a courthouse if you have been advised by public health officials, your doctor, or the Ontario Ministry of Health website to self-isolate.

Please continue to check the Ontario Court of Justice website for updates.

Notices and Directives

Criminal Matters

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel and the Public re: Criminal Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (effective May 11, 2020, updated May 22, 2020)

Criminal Case Adjournment Dates – Out-of-Custody Accused (updated May 22, 2020)

Note: The criminal case adjournment dates are subject to change. Please check this website regularly for any updates.

COVID-19: Ontario Court of Justice Protocol re Bail Hearings (effective May 11, 2020)

COVID-19:  Consent Variation Procedures for Release Orders and Police Undertakings in the Ontario Court of Justice (effective May 11, 2020)

Form: Ontario Court of Justice Application for Consent Variation of Bail

Form: Ontario Court of Justice Application for Consent Variation of Police Undertaking

Family Matters

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (May 7, 2020)

Notice to the Profession – CYFSA Statutory Timelines and the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (March 23, 2020)

Provincial Offences Act Matters

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public re: Provincial Offences Act Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (May 19, 2020)

General

Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of emailing documents at the Ontario Court of Justice (updated May 14, 2020)

Notice Regarding Media and Public Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 15, 2020)