May 22, 2020 – 8:29 AM- RE-scheduling of Family Conferences from March and April 2020 – St. Catharines SCJ

Further to the Consolidated Expansion Notice dated May 13, 2020, the Superior Court in St. Catharines is making efforts to re-schedule some of the case conferences and settlement conferences that were originally set to proceed in court, in St. Catharines, during March and April of 2020.

At this time, the Court is offering to hold conferences remotely, by video or teleconference, prior to the return to regular court operations. Although it is not mandatory to re-schedule all missed conferences from the past few months, parties are encouraged to schedule remote conferences on matters that may need to proceed prior to the return of regular operations, as counsel deem appropriate, on a case by case basis.

As we are not yet able to offer dates for in-person conferences, please only contact the court if all parties to the proceeding consent to holding a conference remotely prior to the return of regular court operations. All requests are to be to the attention of the Trial Coordinator, to the following email address:

          st.catharines.superior.court@ontario.ca

Please note that the date of the conference will be set by the trial coordinator and will be non-negotiable.

All other conferences needing to be held in-court/ in-person can be scheduled at the speak-to courts currently set for the week of July 6, 2020 (please refer to the May 12th, 2020 Central South Expansion Notice of Regional Senior Justice Arrell, attached to this email, for dates.) Any previously scheduled matters where the Court does not receive a request for a remote conference will be automatically adjourned to the July speak-to courts.

In order to minimize the volume of emails coming to the Court, please send only one request for each matter to be re-scheduled, and kindly ensure that all parties and/or their counsel are copied on the email to the Court.  

In the subject line of your email, please include:

·       Style of cause

·       Court file number

·       Type of conference and original date (example: Smith v Smith – File no. 123/20 – Re-scheduling of Settlement Conference on March 30th, 2020)

The Court will respond to each request with a date and call-in coordinates as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Leigh Foster

Trial Coordinator

Superior Court of Justice

4th Floor, 59 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON  L2R 7N8

T: (905) 988-6200 ext. 446 | F: (905) 988-5531