Applications are open for family lawyers to join the DRO roster in many of the program’s locations

13/10/2022

NOTICE TO THE FAMILY LAW BAR 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION OFFICER PROGRAM EMPANELMENT

The Superior Court of Justice, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Attorney General, is seeking candidates to join DRO panels in Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Newmarket, St. Catharines, Toronto and Welland.  

The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) program currently operates in the Superior Court of Justice in Barrie, Brampton, Durham, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Milton, Newmarket, St. Catharines, Toronto and Welland. Applications are open for these locations. The DRO program provides family litigants with an early evaluation of their case by a neutral third party for the purposes of facilitating settlement and narrowing the issues in dispute.

Candidates admitted to the panel will receive compensation on a fee-for-service basis at the rate of $250.00 per day plus HST if applicable.

French-speaking or bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply to the Hamilton, London, Toronto and Welland panels.

Selection criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of family law
  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario as a barrister and solicitor[1]
  • Family law expertise, including negotiation, litigation, and ADR processes
  • Advanced knowledge of family court procedures, legislation, and case law
  • Exceptional problem solving and dispute resolution skills
  • Knowledge of the local family court and its family justice participants including participation in local bench and bar or community liaison committees.

The Application form for admission to the panel is attached.

Send completed Application packages by email to: droempanelment@ontario.ca

The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All Applications must be completed in full, including the necessary authorizations and references.  Late or incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening will be contacted.

Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please be advised that existing DRO panel members are not required to reapply to remain on the panel.

[1] Retired members may also apply provided that at the time of retirement their license was not suspended.  Retired judges may also apply for admission to the panel.

Opening of the Courts – Remarks of Chief Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz

03/10/2022

Remarks of Chief Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz
Superior Court of Justice
Opening of the Courts
Toronto, October 3, 2022

Annual Opening the Court Speech 2022

Notice – Designation of His Majesty the King in Cases where the Crown is a Party

21/09/2022

September 21, 2022

In light of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice wishes to clarify how to designate His Majesty the King:

New filings

In matters where the Crown is a party, parties are to designate His Majesty the King rather than Her Majesty the Queen in any new filing in an ongoing or new proceeding.

Ongoing matters

For ongoing proceedings, no party to any proceeding in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice is required to bring a motion to change previously filed materials. Further, parties will not be required to file amended documents.

Matters commenced in the name of Her Majesty the Queen will continue in the name of His Majesty the King.

Geoffrey B. Morawetz
Chief Justice
Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Notice to the Public – R v. Minassian

07/06/2022

Notice to the Public & Media – R v. Minassian

June 7th, 2022

The full sentencing hearing in R. v. Minassian will be proceeding before the Honourable Madam Justice Anne Molloy at 361 University Avenue commencing at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022.  Previously, it was announced that the hearing would be proceeding only with respect to one count on the indictment.  However, this restriction is no longer necessary in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in R. v. Bisonnette dealing with the period of parole ineligibility.

The hearing will be conducted in Courtroom 6-1.  Spectators will be required to be masked while in the courtroom.  In addition to the main courtroom, there will be overflow courtrooms with large screen video live-streaming the proceedings from the main courtroom.  There will be reserved seating in Courtroom 6-1 for victims and family members and some limited seating for members of the press.  There will also be seating available for the general public.  Accredited journalists may also apply for access to watch the proceedings remotely via webinar.

April 6, 2022

Madame Justice Molloy has provided her endorsement on this matter. The following link is here endorsement on R v. Minassian,2022

March 31, 2022

This matter is scheduled for an appearance on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, by Zoom before Madam Justice Molloy.  This case was adjourned to the April 5, 2022 appearance date in order to receive an update regarding the pending decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Bissonnette.  The Supreme Court of Canada heard argument in that case on March 24, 2022 and has reserved its decision.

The April 5, 2022 appearance is purely administrative in nature.  Madam Justice Molloy has directed that there will be no Zoom attendance by members of the media, the public, or the victims and their families.  On April 5, 2022, a new date will be set and notice of that date will be published immediately thereafter.

Notice to Media re R. v. Minassian

31/03/2022

June 7th, 2022

The full sentencing hearing in R. v. Minassian will be proceeding before the Honourable Madam Justice Anne Molloy at 361 University Avenue commencing at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13, 2022.  Previously, it was announced that the hearing would be proceeding only with respect to one count on the indictment.  However, this restriction is no longer necessary in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in R. v. Bisonnette dealing with the period of parole ineligibility.

The hearing will be conducted in Courtroom 6-1.  Spectators will be required to be masked while in the courtroom.  In addition to the main courtroom, there will be overflow courtrooms with large screen video live-streaming the proceedings from the main courtroom.  There will be reserved seating in Courtroom 6-1 for victims and family members and some limited seating for members of the press.  There will also be limited seating available for the general public.  Accredited journalists may also apply for access to watch the proceedings remotely via webinar.

April 6, 2022

Madame Justice Molloy has provided her endorsement on this matter. The following link is her endorsement on R v. Minassian,2022.

March 31, 2022

This matter is scheduled for an appearance on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, by Zoom before Madam Justice Molloy.  This case was adjourned to the April 5, 2022 appearance date in order to receive an update regarding the pending decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Bissonnette.  The Supreme Court of Canada heard argument in that case on March 24, 2022 and has reserved its decision.

The April 5, 2022 appearance is purely administrative in nature.  Madam Justice Molloy has directed that there will be no Zoom attendance by members of the media, the public, or the victims and their families.  On April 5, 2022, a new date will be set and notice of that date will be published immediately thereafter.

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