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COVID-19 Notices and Updates (Updated July 6, 2020)

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Update (July 6, 2020): In-person criminal trials and preliminary inquiries and in-person family trials, summary judgment motions, and other in-person family matters will be resuming at Guelph on July 7, 2020.  The resumption of in -person hearings at the College Park (Toronto) courthouse has been delayed; in-person criminal trials and preliminary inquiries will not resume at College Park on July 6, 2020.  For more information, see

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries and Family Trials, Summary Judgment Motions and other In-Person Family Matters Resuming in the Ontario Court of Justice at Guelph on July 7, 2020 (Published July 6, 2020)

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Delay in Resuming Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries in the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park and Guelph (Published July 4, 2020)


The Ontario Court of Justice will be further expanding its operations on July 6, 2020, as it resumes hearing additional family law matters and criminal trials and preliminary inquiries.  To continue limiting the number of people who must attend within courthouses and courtrooms, the adjournment of criminal case management appearances, which began on March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being extended to July 31, 2020.  On July 6, 2020, the Court will also resume setting criminal trial and preliminary inquiry dates, including rescheduling trials and preliminary inquiries that were adjourned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ministry of the Attorney General, which is responsible for courts administration and courthouse facilities, has established an incremental plan to prepare courthouses and courtrooms to facilitate the return to full court operations across Ontario.  The Ministry has announced the first phase of the plan (Phase One) will be implemented Monday July 6, 2020, in a limited number of courthouses and courtrooms.  Court operations will continue to expand with additional courthouses and courtrooms added as the Ministry continues to implement its plan, with a targeted completion date of November 1, 2020.

For more information about how family law proceedings in the Ontario Court of Justice will be scheduled and conducted as of July 6, 2020, please see COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice

For more information about the resumption of criminal trials and preliminary inquiries, please see Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Resumption of Criminal Trials and Preliminary Hearings as of July 6, 2020

For more information about criminal case management appearances; and setting criminal trial and preliminary inquiry dates, please see Notice to the Profession and the Public re Criminal Case Management Appearances and Setting Trial and Preliminary Inquiry Dates

As part of the return to operations plan, the Ministry is implementing health and safety measures in each courthouse.

In Phase One and by July 6, 2020, the Court has been advised that site assessments of 93 OCJ courtrooms will be complete, and that all necessary health and safety precautions, based on public health expert advice, will be implemented for the protection of all court users, including judicial officers, lawyers, litigants, witnesses, staff and members of the public.  The Ministry will not re-open a Phase One site on July 6, 2020 if it concludes that the health and safety of courthouse participants cannot be adequately protected on this date.

More information about the precautionary health and safety measures at courthouses implemented by the Ministry is available on the following website:  COVID-19: Reopening courtrooms.

Do not come to a courthouse if you have been advised by public health officials, your doctor or the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) website to self-isolate.  If you are unable to come to court because you have been told to self-isolate, please contact your lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, please contact the courthouse:  courthouse email addresses and  courthouse addresses and phone numbers.

Please continue to check the Ontario Court of Justice website for updates.  The Court will provide additional information about the scheduling and conduct of all court proceedings, including the Court’s ongoing work to make more services available using remote technology.  Court operations will continue to expand as the Ministry facilitates the opening of additional courthouses and courtrooms in accordance with its recovery plan.  The Court will continue working actively with all justice partners to implement a fair and orderly return to operations. As we do so, the health and safety of all court users remains our paramount concern.

Notices and Directives

Criminal Matters

Notice to the Profession and the Public re Criminal Case Management Appearances and Setting Trial and Preliminary Inquiry Dates (Published July 2, 2020)

Trial / Preliminary Inquiry Scheduling Form

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Resumption of Criminal Trials and Preliminary Hearings as of July 6, 2020 (Published June 17, 2020)

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries and Family Trials, Summary Judgment Motions and other In-Person Family Matters Resuming in the Ontario Court of Justice at Guelph on July 7, 2020 (Published July 6, 2020)

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Delay in Resuming Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries in the Ontario Court of Justice at College Park and Guelph (Published July 4, 2020)

COVID-19 Trial Readiness Courts

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 and June 1, 2020)

Summary of changes / updates to the COVID-19 Notice to Counsel and the Public re: Criminal Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (updated June 1, 2020)

Criminal Case Adjournment Dates – Out-of-Custody Accused (updated July 2, 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 (June 17, 2020)

Notice to the Profession and the Public re: Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries and Family Trials, Summary Judgment Motions and other In-Person Family Matters Resuming in the Ontario Court of Justice at Guelph on July 7, 2020 (Published July 6, 2020)

Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice – Resumption of In-Person Hearings in Guelph Delayed (Published July 4, 2020)

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice Addition  (July 2, 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 (Updated July 2, 2020)

Order pursuant to s. 85 of the POA extending certain timelines (March 15, 2020)

General

Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of emailing documents at the Ontario Court of Justice (updated June 17, 2020)

Notice Regarding Public and Media Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Revised July 4, 2020)