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Oct. 2, 2020 – Rollout of the Criminal Digital Disclosure Hub

The Ministry of the Attorney General is rolling out a new cloud-based platform for the secure delivery of digital disclosure.  This system is being rolled out to the Niagara Crown Attorney’s Office, with a target go live date scheduled for October 5, 2020 (Monday next week). 

The Ministry of the Attorney General has been in communication with the Criminal Lawyer’s Association and Legal Aid Ontario about the rollout and implementation of this platform.  While you may have already heard or received information through the CLA or LAO, we are sending this email out to ensure that all local Counsel have received the necessary information in regards to this rollout. 

Attached to this email communication, please find:

1)       Notice to Lawyers and Paralegals – this document provides background information on the development and implementation of the Criminal Digital Disclosure Hub and provides instructions on how to gain access to the system;

2)       Defence/Paralegal Application Form (in French and English) – these are the Registration forms Counsel/ Paralegals will be required to fill out prior to gaining access to the system;

3)       CDD Defence Self Rep Registration Instructions (in English / French translation to follow) – which is the user guide that explains how to register, access and use the system;

4)       Self Represented Accused Application form (in French and English) and the Self Represented Accused (Young Person) Parent / Guardian / Adult Representative Application form (in English / French translation to follow) – these are being provided to you with a request that you would assist in distributing these application forms to Self Represented Accused. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.  Signed Application Forms can be submitted via email to the Crown Attorney’s Office at  VirtualCrownStCatharines@ontario.ca to VirtualCrownWelland@ontario.ca

LCLA Library Staffing

The LCLA Law Library has now reopened. The library is currently being staffed from 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM, with all necessary precautions being taken to keep everyone safe.

July 7, 2020 – FOLA Real Estate Update – LRO Closures

In an effort to keep real estate lawyers updated with the ever-changing situation, we have further information to be shared with the real estate lawyers in your association.

LRO Closures

The Director of Titles has announced the closure of all 54 Land Registry Offices to the public effective October 13, 2020. This means that Friday, October 9, 2020 will be last day the Land Registry Office counter service will be available. Further details can be found in his letter to FOLA here.

If and when we receive further information of interest to the real estate bar, we will pass it along. 

Stay up to date with FOLA’s real estate information at https://fola.ca/real-estate-law.

Merredith MacLennan and Eldon Horner

FOLA Real Estate Co-Chairs

Please note: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and is not intended to provide legal advice.

2021 Trial Sittings Dates

Please note the Civil and Family Trial Sittings in 2021 have been set for the following dates:

Long Trial Team Sittings (reserved for all trials that require 15 days or more):

  • March 22, 2021
  • October 4, 2021

Hamilton Sopinka – 3 weeks each (civil)

  • February 8, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • November 15 , 2021

Kitchener – 3 weeks each

  • January 25, 2021
  • April 6, 2021
  • September 7, 2021
  • November 8, 2021

St. Catharines – 3 weeks each

  • January 18 , 2021
  • May 17, 2021
  • October 12, 2021


Welland

  • March 29, 2021 – 3 weeks
  • June 14, 2021 – 2 weeks
  • November 22, 2021 – 3 weeks

Zoom Tips and Tutorials

Please find below a list of links providing you with information on the use of the Zoom video platform. The links give information ranging from basic use, to more advanced features and keyboard shortcuts, depending on your needs.

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials

https://www.zdnet.com/article/zoom-101-a-starter-guide-for-beginners-plus-advanced-tips-and-tricks-for-pros/

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205683899-Hot-Keys-and-Keyboard-Shortcuts-for-Zoom

https://www.howtogeek.com/669467/zoom-keyboard-shortcut-and-how-to-use-them/

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-zoom-like-a-pro-13-video-chat-hacks-to-try-at-your-next-meeting/

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/tips-for-using-zoom/

https://www.wired.com/story/tips-for-using-zoom/

Effective Immediately: Reduced Counter Services at St. Catharines and Welland courthouses

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC – COUNTER SERVICES

The health and wellbeing of court occupants and all Ontarians who access the courthouse is a priority.

Do not come into the Courthouse in person if you have been advised by Public Health or your doctor or the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) website to self-isolate due to possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

All users of this courthouse are advised to consult the MOH website for the latest information on COVID-19 at: Ontario.ca/coronavirus

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or to determine whether you should isolate yourself or seek medical assistance, call Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000 or your local public health unit for assistance and direction, before attending the courthouse. 

COUNTER SERVICES

Effective March 18, 2020, and until further notice, counter services will be offered between 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

ONLINE FILING

Please note that online filing is available for Small Claims Court, Civil, and Family Court matters. For more information, please visit:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-online (Small Claims Court) 

https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-civil-claim-online (civil)

https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-divorce-application-online (family)

FAMILY MEDIATION AND INFORMATION SERVICES

All onsite family mediation and information services are being suspended until further notice.  Parties are encouraged to contact service providers to discuss services being offered remotely, including online or by phone. 

You may also be able to find information at:

Community Legal Education Ontario: cleo.on.ca

Steps to Justice: stepstojustice.ca

Legal Aid Ontario: legalaid.on.ca

LCLA Library staffing

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the Law Library will be unstaffed until further notice.  Staff will be working offsite, and may be reached via email at library@thelcla.ca.  Library staff will have access to Quicklaw, Practice Advisor, Wrongful Dismissal Database and Lawyers’ Daily, and will be able to assist with research. We will post any updates on the LCLA website.