Oct. 29, 2020 – 4:48 PM -CaseLines Notice to the Profession and FAQs

Revised Notice to the Profession RE: use of CaseLines: Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Including Electronic Filings and Document Sharing (Caselines Pilot) sent by the Office of the Chief Justice, Superior Court of Justice.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about CaseLines are available in the following link:  https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/supplementary-notice-september-2-2020/faq-caselines/

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

Need answers to COVID-19 issues regarding the practice of law?  CLICK HERE.

Oct. 29, 2020 – 1:18 PM – Recovery Secretariat Update – Phase 3 Target Readiness Dates

The Recovery Secretariat has provided FOLA with an update on phase 3 of the reopening of courtrooms to in-person proceedings.  Below you will find the target readiness dates for phase 3 locations.  As a reminder, this phase of work includes the preparation of additional courtrooms in locations which have already resumed in-person appearances and select new satellite court locations.

It is important to note that these are the target readiness dates based on the information available today.  The process of readying a courtroom with the necessary precautionary measures relies on a number of processes and factors, including the availability of contractors and materials to install plexiglass barriers and other control measures.  Because of the potentially evolving nature of the schedule below, please note that changes in one location would likely impact proposed reopening dates in other locations.  If any significant changes do occur, the Recovery Secretariat will provide an updated schedule.

Proposed readiness dates are as follows:

Should you have any questions related to the proposed schedule, please contact MAGrecoverysecretariat@ontario.ca

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

Need answers to COVID-19 issues regarding the practice of law?  CLICK HERE.

Oct. 28, 2020 – 5:33 PM – Small Claims Court: updated notice

As mentioned in the Weekly Update sent earlier today, the Small Claims Court has expanded its operations (effective today). The Small Claims Court public notice now provides that the Court will accept requests for the following matters:

  • motions to set aside a noting in default and/or default judgment;
  • requests to clerk for an assessment hearing, if initially filed before March 16, 2020; and
  • motions in writing, if initially filed before March 16, 2020.

The updated notice also provides new information about email filing.  It has now been posted and you can view that here.

Oct. 28, 2020 – 1:52 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of this week’s Sector Call update.  This Sector Call Update can also be found on our website here.   I’ve also attached the most up to date issues response document for your information.  Please forward to your members.  

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

Need answers to COVID-19 issues regarding the practice of law?  CLICK HERE.

Oct 26, 2020 – 5:25 PM- Updated Zoom Links, Telephone Conference Call Line & Notice

Please find attached the following:

  • Updated Zoom links and telephone conference call line chart.
  • Updated Niagara Region notices all combined into one “Quick Bites” document for distribution.

Of note, it consolidates the other notices.

Oct 21, 2020 – 3:50 PM- FOLA’s Weekly Update & Special #A2J event notice

Please find attached, a copy of our Weekly Sector Call Update.  It can also be found on our website here.

Worth flagging is an event next week during Access to Justice Week! FOLA and the Law Society will be Co-Hosting a Mental Health panel discussion.  It will be held on Oct 27th from noon-1pm (EST).  You can register directly here.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

Need answers to COVID-19 issues regarding the practice of law?  CLICK HERE.

Bail Court by Zoom – Niagara

Forwarded on behalf of Local Administrative Justice of the Peace Bruce Phillips

Hello,

As many of you know, we have been to adopting technology that will allow represented accused, self-represented and all judicial stakeholders to attend court using remote technology.  We recently introduced Zoom to conduct our case management courts in St. Catharines. 

We would now like to expand our remote technology to our bail courts.   Starting Wednesday, October 21, 2020 we would like everyone to start using the Zoom link below to join our remote bail courts.  This link will be dedicated to Courtroom #2 and Courtroom #7, and is available through video or by telephone.   The Zoom link below will remain the same for this court.

I have attached the Zoom links for all the Ontario Court of Justice courtrooms in Niagara for easier access.  If a Zoom connection is lost and the judicial officer approves the use of telephone conference call lines, I have also attached the conference call lines for Niagara.

Courtroom #2

Connection information (all days):

Joining by video
 https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/67181238585?pwd=eFhldE55N2oxU3R1WWFjUTBwcDlxZz09
orhttps://zoom.us/joinMeeting ID: 671 8123 8585Passcode: 940225
Joining by telephone 
 1-855-703-8985Meeting ID:  671 8123 8585Passcode: 940225

Courtroom #7

Connection information (all days):

Joining by video
 https://ca01web.zoom.us/j/65864360587?pwd=eGY5bnRpblQvaXBQZXF5ZzBGd0g3UT09
orhttps://zoom.us/joinMeeting ID: 658 6436 0587Passcode: 058269
Joining by telephone 
 1-855-703-8985Meeting ID:  658 6436 0587Passcode: 058269

Thank you all for your cooperation and support.

Lynn Lubieniecki | Regional Coordinator | Central West RegionOffice of the Regional Senior Justice | Ontario Court of JusticeJohn Sopinka Courthouse | 45 Main Street E. | Ste 762 | Hamilton, ON |L8N 2B7C:905-512-1471F: 905-645-5377Lynn.Lubieniecki@ontario.ca

Oct.16, 2020 – 3:32 PM – WELLAND Updated Notices – October 16, 2020

 Please find attached the Welland notices.

Accused Notice update:

  1. If you have been charged with an offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act email admin@angerlaw.ca or call 905-688-4520
  2. Zoom number updated.

Self-Rep Guide update:

If you have decided to represent yourself (and will not be hiring a lawyer, nor obtaining Legal Aid) you should call 905-732-1327 to obtain a copy of your Trial Time Estimate Form (TTEF).  The TTEF from can then be used to schedule a Judicial Pre Trial (JPT) to discuss potential resolution or discuss how the trial would proceed to assist in setting a trial date.  The JPT would be scheduled in a courtroom before a Judge with an Assistant Crown Attorney.  Please be advised that the Assistant Crown Attorney’s cannot give you legal advice, nor are your discussions confidential as this JPT would be heard in open court.  To schedule a JPT please email the TTEF to Niagara.OCJ.Criminal.Trialcoordinator@ontario.ca

Oct.16, 2020 – 3:32 PM – FORT ERIE Updated Notices – October 16, 2020

Please find attached the Fort Erie notices.

Accused Notice update:

  1. If you have been charged with an offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act email admin@angerlaw.ca or call 905-688-4520
  2. Zoom number updated.

Self-Rep Guide update:

If you have decided to represent yourself (and will not be hiring a lawyer, nor obtaining Legal Aid) you should call 905-732-1327 to obtain a copy of your Trial Time Estimate Form (TTEF).  The TTEF from can then be used to schedule a Judicial Pre Trial (JPT) to discuss potential resolution or discuss how the trial would proceed to assist in setting a trial date.  The JPT would be scheduled in a courtroom before a Judge with an Assistant Crown Attorney.  Please be advised that the Assistant Crown Attorney’s cannot give you legal advice, nor are your discussions confidential as this JPT would be heard in open court.  To schedule a JPT please email the TTEF to Niagara.OCJ.Criminal.Trialcoordinator@ontario.ca

Oct.16, 2020 – 3:32 PM – St. Catharines Updated Notices – Oct 16, 2020

Accused Notice update:

  • If you have been charged with an offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act email admin@angerlaw.ca or call 905-688-4520

Self-Rep Guide update:

  • If you have decided to represent yourself (and will not be hiring a lawyer, nor obtaining Legal Aid) you should call 905-685-4293 to obtain a copy of your Trial Time Estimate Form (TTEF).  The TTEF from can then be used to schedule a Judicial Pre Trial (JPT) to discuss potential resolution or discuss how the trial would proceed to assist in setting a trial date.  The JPT would be scheduled in a courtroom before a Judge with an Assistant Crown Attorney.  Please be advised that the Assistant Crown Attorney’s cannot give you legal advice, nor are your discussions confidential as this JPT would be heard in open court.  To schedule a JPT please email the TTEF to Niagara.OCJ.Criminal.Trialcoordinator@ontario.ca