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Notice to the Profession and the Public re: First Appearance Courts/First Court Date before a clerk will resume November 30, 2020 (Published September 18, 2020)

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a) First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Clerk:

All First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk will resume November 30, 2020.

First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a Clerk is waived from September 28, 2020 until November 27, 2020. During this time period, in those court locations where the first court date is before a clerk, your first appearance in court will be a remote appearance before a judge for an initial case conference.
From September 28, 2020 until November 27, 2020, all parties will be required to electronically submit a waiver form regarding the First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk with the Confirmation forms (form 17F). The waiver form can be found here: Ontario Court of Justice First Appearance Court Waiver. In addition to the waiver, all documents for the case conference must be served and filed, as required by the Family Law Rules.

Beginning November 30, 2020, all First Appearance Court/First Court Dates before a clerk will resume. Waiver forms will no longer be accepted as of November 30, 2020. The First Appearance Court/First Court Date before a clerk will be held remotely.

b) First Appearance Court/First Court Date Before a Judge:

To ensure that there are no further delays to hear Applications and Motions to Change, beginning September 28, 2020, all First Appearance Court/First Court Dates scheduled to proceed before a judge will resume. In those court locations where the first court date is before a judge, your first appearance in court will be held remotely.

Do not attend the courthouse if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or have been advised by a public health official, a physician or the Ontario Ministry of Health website to self-isolate.  Please contact your lawyer or, if you do not have a lawyer, please contact the courthouse by email or telephone to seek direction.

For more information on the scheduling of family matters at the Ontario Court of Justice, please see: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice