July 14, 2021 – 1:52 PM – FOLA’s Latest Update

Please find attached, FOLA’s Update following today’s Sector Call.  You can also find it online here.

Please share with your members.

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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July 5, 2021 – 9:23 AM – OCJ Update: New Rule and Changes to the Enhanced Designation Practice Direction re Electronic Signatures effective July 5, 2021

The Ontario Court of Justice has introduced a new rule with respect to electronic signatures and made changes to the practice direction governing Enhanced Designations of Counsel which come into effect on Monday July 5, 2021.  The combined effect of these rules is to allow accused persons to sign Enhanced Designations through their counsel, using the procedure set out in the revised Enhanced Designation Practice Direction.

The new criminal rule has two parts: (i) rule 3.4(1) defines electronic signatures and authorize their use in signing any electronic documents; (ii) rule 3.4(2) authorizes the Court to issue practice directions authorizing additional methods of signing particular electronic documents.   Pursuant to rule 3.4(2), a new provision (paragraph 10.1) has been added to the Enhanced Designation Practice Direction, allowing accused persons to sign Enhanced Designations through their counsel using the procedure set out therein.

The new rule and revised Practice Direction (with changes highlighted) are attached for your reference and are also available (in French and English) on the OCJ website (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/)

Please share this information with your members.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

647-280-9340

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

June 30, 2021 – 1:31 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update

I lied last week!  It turns out that while our weekly meetings will be taking place every other week, it’s next week that we will not be meeting.  As such, you are treated to a Weekly Update this week (attached and here) but there will not be a Weekly Update next week.

Please share this with your members.

And have a great Canada Day tomorrow!

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

June 29, 2021 – 12:10 PM – SCJ — gowning update

Chief Justice Morawetz’s June 18, 2021 update to the Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings was revised today to clarify the Court’s direction regarding gowning. It now provides:

For in-person proceedings, counsel must gown in accordance with paragraphs 59-61 of the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction. Gowns are not required in virtual proceedings. Where gowning is required, counsel must gown regardless of whether the presiding judicial official is a judge or a master.

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.

June 23, 2021 – 1:33 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of FOLA’s Weekly Update.  It can also be downloaded by clicking the banner at the top of the page here.  Please note that during the Summer, these meetings will take place once every two weeks.  As such, there will NOT be an update next week.

Of note, is a Call for Comment action item that came out of today’s Convocation (cut and pasted from the attached Update below):

COMPETENCE TASK FORCE – CALL FOR COMMENT: On June 23, 2021, the Competence Task Force’s Report: Renewing the Law Society’s Continuing Competence Framework was included as an Information Item to Convocation. The Report details the Law Society’s mandate to regulate the competence of lawyers and paralegals and provides an overview of how competence regulation has evolved to keep pace with regulatory best practices.  The Report also provides an overview of the Task Force’s work plan, a working definition of competence, and proposed themes and principles which may inform new approaches to competence programs and requirements.

Most importantly, the Report includes comments on the importance of LiRN and of providing supports to small/soles.

The LSO has issued a Call for Comment and are open to the suggestions and feedback of all interested parties.   You may respond to some or all of the questions within the Call for Comment until Nov. 30, 2021.

We encourage you to read the report and share your input.  FOLA will be preparing a formal Submission and once we’ve worked out who our lead is, we will provide information on how you may share your input for consideration for inclusion in ours.

Please share with your members.

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

June 21, 2021 – 4:50 PM – SCJ – practice direction update

Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction has been amended in Part II: Proceedings under the Class Proceedings Act. Paragraph 42.1 now links to model orders prepared by the Class Action Bench-Bar Liaison Committee.

Please share with your members.

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

647-280-9340

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

June 18, 2021 – 11:51 AM -Jury Recovery – Update from the Recovery Secretariat

Good afternoon.

As many of you will know, the Superior Court of Justice issued a notice to the profession on May 8, 2021 indicating that the Court may be in a position to resume jury selection and jury trials in July, August or September. We are writing to advise that some jury matters are currently scheduled to proceed in July, in line with guidance received from provincial health authorities in the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s office.

Scheduling of matters remains the discretion of the court and information will be communicated to key individuals about specific proceedings through local practice.

Throughout our recovery efforts, we have been guided by direction and science supported by the province’s leading health and safety authorities including Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Ontario and Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer. We continue to adhere to their guidance, regarding all health and safety matters, including addressing the new COVID-19 variants of concern.

In our recent consultations with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Office, they continue to assure us that the measures and protocols we have in place within our courts and offsite jury locations are among the best in Ontario – these include (but are not limited to) entrance screening, physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning, use of physical barriers, and monitors to ensure compliance. They assure us that, when properly adhered to, our suite of overlapping preventative measures are robust, comprehensive and will effectively mitigate the risk of transmission of all known COVID-19 variants. No additional preventative measures have been recommended at this time.

We encourage everyone who attends a courthouse, or offsite jury space, to diligently adhere to the health and safety measures that are in place.

As a reminder, health and safety measures for courthouses are outlined in the ministry’s Guidebook: COVID-19 Preventative Measures, which is available online. 

The Ministry of the Attorney General, in partnership with the Courts, continue to regularly engage with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Officer, and we will continue to review and adjustment our recovery plans in line with their guidance.

Thank you

Recovery Secretariat

Bonjour,

Comme beaucoup d’entre vous le savent, la Cour supérieure de justice a émis, le 8 mai 2021, un avis à la profession indiquant que la Cour pourrait être en mesure de reprendre la sélection des jurés et les instances devant jury en juillet, en août ou en septembre. Nous vous écrivons pour vous informer que certaines questions relatives au jury sont actuellement programmées pour être traitées en juillet, conformément aux directives reçues au bureau du médecin hygiéniste en chef de la part des autorités sanitaires provinciales.

Le tribunal reste libre de la programmation des affaires. Des renseignements seront communiqués aux personnes clés concernant les procédures particulières à l’échelle locale.

Tout au long de nos efforts visant le déconfinement, nous avons été guidés par des directives et des données scientifiques soutenues par les principales autorités de santé et de sécurité de la province, notamment le médecin hygiéniste en chef de l’Ontario, Santé publique Ontario et le directeur général de la prévention de l’Ontario. Nous continuons à adhérer à leurs directives concernant toutes les questions de santé et de sécurité, notamment les nouveaux variants préoccupants de la COVID-19.

Lors de nos récentes consultations avec le bureau du médecin hygiéniste en chef, on a continué de nous assurer que les mesures et les protocoles que nous avons mis en place dans nos tribunaux et dans les lieux où se trouvent les jurés hors site sont parmi les meilleurs de l’Ontario. Ces mesures comprennent (sans s’y limiter) le contrôle à l’entrée, l’éloignement physique, le port de masque, l’hygiène des mains, le nettoyage en profondeur, l’utilisation de barrières physiques et la surveillance pour assurer la conformité. Le bureau nous assure que, lorsqu’elles sont correctement appliquées, nos mesures préventives adjacentes sont solides, complètes et atténuent efficacement le risque de transmission de tous les variants connus de la COVID-19. Aucune mesure préventive supplémentaire n’a été recommandée pour l’instant.

Nous encourageons toutes les personnes qui se rendent dans un palais de justice ou dans une salle de délibération hors site à respecter scrupuleusement les mesures de santé et de sécurité mises en place.

Pour rappel, les mesures de santé et de sécurité à appliquer dans les palais de justice sont décrites dans le Guide du ministère : COVID-19 : Mesures de prévention recommandées, accessible en ligne.

Le ministère du Procureur général, en partenariat avec les tribunaux, continue à collaborer régulièrement avec le responsable des directives du médecin hygiéniste en chef, et nous continuerons à examiner et à ajuster nos plans de reprise conformément à leurs directives.

Merci.

Secrétariat pour la reprise des activités

June 17, 2021 – 3:10 PM -FOLA Real Estate Update – updated DRA

As we have previously reported, FOLA has been actively engaged for many months in discussions with the Law Society and other interested stakeholders in updating the Document Registration Agreement and Multi-Party Document Registration Agreement. Updated versions of the DRA and Multi-Party DRA have now been published on the Law Society of Ontario’s website. Details regarding the amended versions are available in the attached Real Estate Update, which is also available on our website at https://fola.ca/real-estate-law.

Please forward this information to real estate lawyers in your association.

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.

(Note:It seems that the link to the amended DRA and Multi-Party DRA included in our Real Estate Update yesterday isn’t working properly.  The word versions of the DRA and Multi-Party DRAs is available on the Law Society’s website https://lso.ca/lawyers/practice-supports-and-resources/practice-area/real-estate-law/electronic-registration-of-title-documents.)

June 16, 2021 – 1:27 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of our Weekly Update for June 16th.  It is also available online here.  And if you’re looking for past updates, they are all here.

One thing I would like to draw your members’ attention to is an upcoming Small Claims Court live webinar organized by the Small Claims Court Working Group.  It will be held on June 23rd from 9am-10am (EST).  Details can be found in the Update and registration/login link will be sent either late this week or early next week. 

Please share with your members.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

647-280-9340

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

June 15, 2021 – 3:00 PM – FOLA Real Estate Update

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.  Please see our latest real estate update which is attached and is also available on the FOLA website 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.