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July 20, 2021 – 5:23 PM -SCJ/MAG Notice: Amendments to Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 526/21)

On July 20, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 526/21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.

This regulation revises the procedure to fix the method of attendance for out-of-court examinations and mediations. It makes amendments to six rules and four forms.

The rule amendments include:

  • revising r. 1.08 (8) to alter the procedure to object to the proposed method of attendance for an out-of-court step and to capture more out-of-court steps;
  • clarifying the language in r. 1.08 (1), (5), and (6) regarding the method of attendance at a hearing or other in-court step;
  • clarifying that mediators shall give notice of the method of attendance in rr. 24.1.09 (7) and 75.1.07 (7); and
  • removing the reference to attending mediation sessions “in person” in rr. 75.1.03, 75.1.05(4), and 75.2.02.

Forms 24.1B, 34A, 34B, and 53C are revised to provide information to the recipient about the procedure to object to the selected method of attendance.

A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 21-MAG024

The amendments and forms will come into force on September 1, 2021. 

Please share with your members.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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June 9, 2021 – 6:20 PM – Federal Update: Justice Canada Online Courses and Resources on Federal Family Law

This evening, Justice Canada send a fairly detailed email with resources and information regarding the recent amendments to federal family law legislation.  Below is the email in its entirety. 

Le texte en français suit…

SENT ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA/ ENVOYÉ DE LA PART DU MINISTÈRE DE LA JUSTICE DU CANADA

The Department of Justice Canada continues to develop online training courses, professional training materials and Public Legal Education and Information resources on the recent amendments to federal family law legislation. We encourage you to share the following information.

  1. Online Training Courses

The Department is developing a series of free online courses about the recent amendments to federal family laws. Law Society accreditation information will be provided for each course. 

The first two online courses in the series are available on the Department of Justice Canada’s website:

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng\fl-df\cfl-mdf\trai-form\index.html

i)                    Introduction to Federal Family Law Amendments

This course focuses primarily on the amendments to the Divorce Act, but also briefly describes amendments made to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the changes relating to two international Conventions touching on matters of family law. 

ii)                  *NEW* Family violence and family law for legal advisers

This course provides information about family violence and family law and explains changes to the Divorce Act relating to family violence.

The website will be updated with the following additional courses soon:

  • Parenting under the new Divorce Act
  • Relocation under the Divorce Act
  • Inter-jurisdictional support proceedings under the Divorce Act
  • Family Dispute Resolution and Duties for Parties and Legal Advisers under the New Divorce Act
  1. The Divorce Act Changes Explained

The Divorce Act Changes Explainedprovides information about the changes to the Divorce Act adopted by Parliament in June 2019. Each entry details the amendment to the legislation, explains the change, and provides the reason for it.

  1. Relocation Forms

Justice Canada has developed user-friendly forms for giving notice about relocations and for objecting to the relocation of a child.

  1. Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (CRDP) Forms

The following CRDP forms have been updated to align with amendments to the CRDP Regulations under the Divorce Act that came into force on March 1, 2021:

  • Registration of Divorce Proceedings Form
  • CRDP Search Request Form (for individuals requesting information about their own divorce)
  • CRDP Search Request and Consent Form (for individuals requesting information about someone else’s divorce)

The updated forms are available at: The Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings (justice.gc.ca)

  1. Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets are available on a number of topics related to the Divorce Act amendments. These resources are available in a printable format. Topics include:

  *New* These two facts sheets are now available in 12 additional languages at: Publications (justice.gc.ca)

  1. Family Law Publications

Justice Canada has updated existing family law publications to reflect the legislative changes.  These publications address issues relating to parenting arrangements for children, child support, family violence, out-of-court family dispute resolution, and relocation.

  1. Family law pages updates

The family law pages of the Department of Justice Canada website are being updated regularly with new materials, so we encourage you refer to them on a regular basis: www.family.justice.gc.ca

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Le ministère de la Justice Canada continue d’élaborer des cours de formation en ligne, du matériel de formation professionnelle et des ressources de vulgarisation et d’information juridiques sur les récentes modifications apportées à la législation fédérale en matière de droit de la famille. Nous vous encourageons à diffuser les renseignements suivants.

  1. Formations en ligne

Le ministère élabore actuellement une série de cours en ligne gratuits sur les récentes modifications apportées aux lois fédérales sur le droit de la famille. Des renseignements sur l’accréditation des Barreaux seront fournis pour chaque cours. 

Les deux premiers cours en ligne de la série sont accessibles sur le site Web du ministère de la Justice Canada :

http://www.justice.gc.ca/fra\df-flmdf-cfl\form-trai\index.html

i)                    Introduction aux modifications aux lois fédérales sur le droit de la famille

Ce cours se concentre principalement sur les modifications apportées à la Loi sur le divorce, mais décrit aussi brièvement les modifications apportées à la Loi sur l’aide à l’exécution des ordonnances et des ententes familiales et les modifications relatives à deux conventions internationales concernant les questions de droit de la famille.  

ii)                  *NOUVEAU* Violence familiale et droit de la famille pour les conseillers juridiques

Ce cours fournit des renseignements sur la violence familiale et le droit de la famille et explique les modifications apportés à la Loi sur le divorce en ce qui concerne la violence familiale.

Le site Web sera bientôt mis à jour avec les cours supplémentaires suivants :

  • Le rôle parental sous le régime de la nouvelle Loi sur le divorce
  • Déménagement important sous le régime de la Loi sur le divorce
  • Actions en matière d’exécution réciproque en vertu de la Loi sur le divorce
  • Le règlement des différends familiaux et les obligations des parties et des conseillers juridiques en vertu de la nouvelle Loi sur le divorce
  1. Modifications à la Loi sur le divorce expliquées

Le guide Modifications à la Loi sur le divorce expliquées fournit des renseignements sur les modifications à la Loi sur le divorce qui ont été adoptées par le Parlement en juin 2019. Chaque entrée décrit en détail la modification, explique le changement apporté et en donne la raison.

  1. Formulaires d’avis de déménagement important

Le ministère de la Justice Canada a créé des formulaires conviviaux pour donner un avis concernant un déménagement important et pour s’opposer au déménagement important d’un enfant.

  1. Formulaires du Bureau d’enregistrement des actions en divorce (BEAD)

Les formulaires du BEAD suivants ont été mis à jour pour s’aligner sur les modifications apportées au Règlement sur le BEAD pris en application de la Loi sur le divorce, qui sont entrées en vigueur le 1er mars 2021 :

  • Formulaire d’enregistrement d’une action en divorce
  • Formulaire de demande de recherche du BEAD (pour les personnes demandant des renseignements sur leur propre divorce)
  • Formulaire de demande de recherche et de consentement du BEAD (pour les personnes demandant des renseignements sur le divorce d’une autre personne)

Les formulaires mis à jour sont disponibles à l’adresse suivante : Bureau d’enregistrement des actions en divorce (justice.gc.ca)

  1. Fiches d’information

Des fiches d’information sont disponibles sur un certain nombre de sujets liés aux modifications de la Loi sur le divorce. Ces ressources sont disponibles en format imprimable. Les sujets traités comprennent notamment :

  *Nouveau* Ces deux fiches d’information sont maintenant disponibles en 12 langues supplémentaires à l’adresse suivante : Publications (justice.gc.ca)

  1. Publications sur le droit de la famille

Justice Canada a mis à jour les publications existantes sur le droit de la famille afin de refléter les modifications législatives. Ces publications traitent des questions relatives aux arrangements parentaux pour les enfants, aux pensions alimentaires pour enfants, à la violence familiale, au règlement hors cour des différends familiaux et au déménagement important.

  1. Mise à jour des pages sur le droit de la famille

Les pages du site Web du ministère de la Justice portant sur le droit de la famille sont continuellement mises à jour, avec l’ajout de nouveaux documents. Nous vous encourageons donc à les consulter régulièrement : ww

Self Rep Guides as published by the Canadian Judicial Council

The Canadian Judicial Council has published three new informational handbooks for self-represented litigants who are involved in civil, criminal or family litigation procedures. The goal of the handbooks is to help those who are not represented by legal counsel to better prepare for court proceedings, and to provide judges with tools they can recommend to such persons to help them access the courts. 

The handbooks make it simple for self-represented litigants to access information for each province and territory in both official languages on how to prepare for a hearing, the applicable rules and law, where to find free or lower cost legal help and related resource agencies, among many other things.

Civil Law Handbook

Criminal Law Handbook

Family Law Handbook

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.