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

Oct. 15, 2020 – 2:45 PM- St. Catharines Updated Notices – Oct 15, 2020

Please find attached St. Catharines notices with the following updates:

  • Lunch is at 12:30 pm
  • Calling the Crown’s Office first for disclosure.
  • Simplified wording of self-rep/counsel
  • Added the Zoom video is preferred method

No update made to the Notice to Profession and Public.

Thank you.

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. 15, 2020 – 2:45 PM – Welland Updated Notices

Please find attached Welland notices with the following updates:

  • Lunch is at 12:30 pm
  • Calling the Crown’s Office first for disclosure.
  • Simplified wording of self-rep/counsel
  • Added that Zoom video is preferred method

No update made to the Notice to Profession and Public.

Thank you.

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. 15, 2020 – 2:43 PM- Fort Erie Updated Notices

Please find attached Fort Erie notices with the following updates:

  • Lunch is at 12:30 pm
  • Calling the Crown’s Office first for disclosure.
  • Simplified wording of self-rep/counsel
  • Added that Zoom video is preferred method

No update made Notice to Profession and Public.

Thank you.

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. 15, 2020 – 9:38 AM – St.Catharines Updated Notices

Please find attached the notices with the following updates:

  • St. Catharines Courtroom #3
    • 9:00 am counsel & agent matters
    • 10:30 am morning break
    • 10:45 am duty counsel & self-represented matters
    • 12:30 pm lunch
    • 2:00 pm duty counsel & self-represented matters
  • St. Catharines – Notice to Profession link to virtual counsel signup sheet
  • Fort Erie – Notice to Profession link to virtual counsel signup sheet
  • Welland – Notice to Profession link to virtual counsel signup sheet

These changes are effective Monday, October 19, 2020.  Please ensure these notices are distributed to self-reps, counsel and the posting on police website is updated. 

Thank you for all your assistance.

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. 14, 2020 – 2:12 PM- FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of this week’s Sector Call Update.  It can also be found online here.  Please share with your members!

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

Oct. 9, 2020 – 6:24 PM- Small Claims Court update

The Small Claims Court has updated its Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court today.

Effective today,

  • The Court is lifting the date range limiting the previously scheduled settlement conferences it will hear remotely at the request of one party.
  • There is now information about the re-opening of Small Claims Court counter service.

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

Oct. 8, 2020 – 11:52 AM – LAO Emergency COVID Certificate Changes – Notice

LAO is making two immediate changes to their COVID responses. 

These changes involve a return to traditional LAO policies with respect to change of solicitor applications by in-custody accused, and entering into contribution agreements with clients who have property.

1.             There  will be no automatic change of solicitor for in-custody accused. LAO will be resuming its standard practice for these change of solicitor requests

2.             LAO will once again enter into an agreement with any new applicant for legal aid services to help pay for the cost to their legal fee by resuming our policy of registering a lien for clients who have property. 

As in the past, in family law cases involving allegations of domestic violence LAO will defer registering the lien until we have been advised by counsel for the victim that it is safe to do.

Notably, all other COVID certificate eligibility, coverage and billing changes will continue in force for the time being as emergency temporary COVID measures. 

This information has now been posted on the LAO web site:  https://www.legalaid.on.ca/in-briefs/return-to-usual-change-of-solicitor-and-contribution-agreement-practices/

Please feel free to contact Marcus Pratt PrattM@lao.on.ca directly with any questions or concerns.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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