Oct. 13, 2021 – 1:27 PM – FOLA Sector Meeting Update

Please find attached, a copy of our latest Sector Meeting update.  Please share with your members. 

Katie

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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Oct. 5, 2021 – 5:51 PM -SCJ Update

Below are some updates from the Superior Court of Justice today:

Sept. 15, 2021 – 1:52 PM -FOLA’s Sector Call Update

Please find attached, a copy of today’s Update following our twice monthly Sector Call.  I’m having some trouble getting my links to work in the PDF version so it is not yet online. 

And just for a little reminder, nominations for FOLA’s 2021 Awards are due by September 30th!   Get yours in today.  Forms are available here.

Don’t forget – September 30th is National Truth & Reconciliation Day.  Courts are closed.  Learn more here.

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.

Aug. 25, 2021 – 5:25 PM – Hamilton Sopinka civil trial sittings commencing September 13, 2021

Please see the attached Notice to Profession and Civil Litigants RE: the Hamilton Sopinka civil trial sittings commencing September 13th, 2021.

Thank you,

Samantha Gess

Administrative Assistant to Regional Senior Judge Sweeny

Superior Court of Justice – Central South Region

45 Main Street East, Suite 721, Hamilton, L8N 2B7

Aug. 25, 2021 – 1:36 PM – Sector Call Update

Please find attached, a copy of FOLA’s Update following our Sector Call.  You can also find a copy online here.

Please share with your members. 

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

647-280-9340

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Aug. 11, 2021 – 1:31 PM – FOLA’s Update

Please find attached, a copy of FOLA’s Sector Update.  You can also find it online here.

Included in the attached Update are two items from the Law Society that I would like to bring your attention to:

  1. A reminder that the Law Society has extended the deadline for their “first-of-its-kind” National Study on the Well-being of legal professionals to August 30th!  If you haven’t already done so, please complete that now!  Here’s the link.
  2. The LSO is currently seeking applications from qualified lawyers and paralegals for the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee for the following regions:

•         Central West region: Application deadline September 15

•         East region: Application deadline September 15

•         Northwest region: Application deadline October 1

•         West region:  Application deadline October 1

The link to the application can be found 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.

August 4, 2021 – 12:06 PM -Justice Services Online Enhancements – Reference #: A-2021-159

The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) wanted FOLA to let you know about some changes (designed to improve the online experience) to the Justice Services Online (JSO) platform. 

New Look and Feel

As of August 9, the following changes will be made.

  1. Court documents that have been reviewed and accepted by court staff will be digitally date stamped and electronically issued.
  1. New document types will be eligible for submission through Civil Submissions Online.  These include:
    1. a Statement of Claim where a motion was filed before commencement of an action; and
    2. an Order of a Court, Board, Tribunal, Municipality or ministry for Enforcement.
  1. A new process to schedule and generate Mandatory Information Program (MIP) notices for family court proceedings.
  1. The ability to provide a fee waiver certificate to a client using the court case tracking system’s email functionality (for fee waiver requests that have been filed through JSO).
  1. Additional contact information from representatives (i.e. lawyers, paralegals) and self-represented parties will be required when new cases are created for all business lines.

This iterative approach to JSO enhancement builds on earlier work and seeks to prioritize the user experience while minimizing disruption.   

As a reminder, your members are encouraged to file court documents online for your convenience and to reduce the need to go to courthouses. 

Sharing feedback

The ministry will continue to enhance its online services based on user feedback.  If your members have any questions, please have them contact Vaia Pappas, Director, Operational Support Branch, Ministry of Attorney General at 416-326-2514 or Vaia.Pappas@ontario.ca.

Please share with your members.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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Aug. 3, 2021 – 12:18 PM – FOLA Real Estate Update

August 3, 2021

Dear Real Estate Representatives, Presidents and Library Staff, 

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.

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 has been declared as a general holiday under the Canada Labour Code. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be observed to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors and their families and communities, and ensure the public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools.

This new holiday applies to federally regulated employers, including banks. However, it will not affect the Land Registry Office or Teraview operations on September 30 unless the provincial government passes similar legislation.  See the latest bulletin from the Director of Titles here confirming that Teraview and the LRO will be open on September 30.

Many banks have already confirmed to their customers that they will be closed on September 30, 2021.

Don’t get caught trying to make last minute arrangements – review your closing list now to address any transactions scheduled to close on September 30.

Planning Act – further proposed amendments  

Following the recent amendments to the Planning Act (which have not yet been proclaimed into force), the provincial government is accepting comments on proposed complementary and consequential amendments to the regulations under the Planning Act.  Details are available here.

Please forward any comments you wish FOLA to consider to katie.robinette@fola.ca by August 13, 2021. 

Comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing are due by August 23, 2021.

New Teraview Statements

On June 19, 2021, new statements were added for the registration or deletion of a condominium bylaw or change of address for service for a condominium corporation.  More details are available here.

New Working Group Survey Question

A new survey with one or more questions has been posted on the Working Group on Lawyers and Real Estate web site.  

You can complete the question by simply clicking here and selecting “Click here to respond to latest survey questions”.  The survey results will be available at the same link in a few days. Go to “Click here if you wish to review the questions previously dealt with”.

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.

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.