April 9, 2021 – 4:47 PM -2 Notices: Small Claims Court scheduling update & SCJ Supplementary Notice to the Profession

This afternoon, the SCJ issued a Consolidated Notice to advise that, effective April 12, 2021, the Small Claims Court will no longer be scheduling hearings based on request forms. Hearings will be scheduled as per the requirements of the Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court. The notice is to be updated next week with new scheduling procedures. Here’s that link.

The SCJ also issued a Supplementary Notice to the Profession and Litigants in Civil and Family Matters Regarding the Caselines Pilot, E-Filing, and Fee Payment.  Here’s the link.

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

April 9, 2021 – 11:21 AM – Recovery Secretariat Update: Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order

Further to the provincial emergency and stay-at-home order issued on Wednesday, April 7.

As you know, many of MAG services are considered essential in Ontario. For those continuing to attend MAG facilities, the ministry has put a suite of overlapping preventative measures in place within their facilities which include (but are not limited to): entrance screening, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, and appropriate masking (which could include wearing PPE where necessary).

The Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Office continues to assure the Recovery Secretariat that the measures and protocols in place within the courts are among the best in Ontario. They have also confirmed that, when properly adhered to, their measures are effective at mitigating the spread of all known COVID-19 variants.

It is therefore critical that you continue to diligently follow all of the protocols in place within MAG facilities. And, importantly, if you’re feeling sick – stay home.

Yesterday, the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice also issued Notices to the Profession with further information and guidance regarding the pandemic and court operations.

Finally, you are reminded that the planning and distribution of vaccines in Ontario remains fluid and is expected to evolve over the coming weeks and months. For example, increased access to vaccines has recently been announced in some locations. To make sure you have the most up-to-date information about your vaccine eligibility, you are encouraged to monitor your local Public Health Unit for details about when and how to get a vaccine.  Everyone is encouraged to access their vaccination at the earliest opportunity that is offered to them, by their local public health unit.

April 8, 2021 – 4:28 PM – SCJ – updated Notice re court proceedings & 2 FOLA Submissions

Chief Justice Morawetz’s Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings was updated today in light of the stay-at-home order that is in effect until May 6, 2021. The updated notice is available here.

Please note that the Notice includes the following sentence re: Robing: “The requirement to gown remains suspended for all in-person, hybrid and remote hearings”.

Also -you may be interested in the following FOLA submissions to MAG earlier today:

  1. Provincial Offences Act – Proposed Regulation on Service of Summons; and
  2. Modernizing the Notaries Act – Remote Notarization

April 7, 2021 – 2:15 PM -OCJ POA announcement

On March 31, 2021, the Chief Justice made an Order pursuant to s. 85 of the Provincial Offences Act extending timelines until September 7, 2021 relating to POA appeals under the Act that would have expired on or after March 15, 2020.

The time limits for proceedings in the Ontario Court of Justice prescribed under the Provincial Offences Act in sections 116(2)(a), 116(3) and 135(2) of the Provincial Offences Act, andunder sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Rules of the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) in Appeals Under Section 116 of the Provincial Offences Act, O. Reg. 723/94, that would have expired on or after March 15, 2020 are extended until September 7, 2021.

Prior to September 7th, 2021, only urgent POA appeals to a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice will be accepted for filing.  Urgent POA appeals are limited to those where the defendant is subject to a licence suspension.

As of April 12, 2021, any POA Appeal that is already before the court may be scheduled for a remote hearing as per the direction of the Regional Senior Justice.  No in-person POA Appeals will be held earlier than October 4, 2021.

https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/notices-and-info-re-provincial-offences/

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

April 7, 2021 – 1:57 PM -FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, this week’s Sector Call Update.  It can also be found here.

Included in the update is a link to an attachment regarding Vaccinations for Courts and justice system workers (including probation and parole) which your members may find helpful.  Here’s the direct link.  

Also – your members in Family Law may be interested to know that two final sessions in English have been added to the Federal Government’s Training Program re: Divorce Act.  Please see below.

Monday, April 19, 2021 – 2pm to 5pm EST: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/148956762687

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm EST: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/148981651129

If anyone has difficulty accessing the above sessions, they are to email Public Inquiries / Family, Children and Youth Section at: infofam@justice.gc.ca

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

April 6, 2021 – 2:48 PM – Notice to Legal Profession – Rules of Civil Procedure

On April 6, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: O. Reg. 248/21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.

The administrative amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure achieve consistency with recent civil rule and form amendments establishing electronic processes in civil court proceedings (O. Reg. 689/20), as well as amendments establishing a simplified probate process for small estates (O. Reg. 111/21).

The amending regulation also makes administrative amendments to introduce consistent French-language terminology and correct discrepancies between the English and French versions of various rules and forms. 

The regulation amends 23 rules and 43 forms.  A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at: 21-MAG010

The amendments are effective April 6, 2021.

March 31, 2021 – 1:57 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of this week’s Sector Call Update.  You can also find it online here.  Please share with your members.

Also – tomorrow is the FINAL DAY to fill out our very short Courthouse Library Use Survey.  Please strongly urge your Association Members to fill this out as the results will help guide our Bencher/Law Society advocacy plans.  Here’s the direct link.

Thank you!

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

March 24, 2021 – 1:48 PM – FOLA’s Weekly Update, & Important Reminder, and information about a current MAG Consultation

Please find attached, a copy of this week’s Sector Call Update.  You can also access it here.

REMINDER: Have you completed our VERY short Law Library Use Survey yet?  It is critical that the LSO understands the importance and specific use of our libraries by our members so please take a moment to fill out our short survey.   Responses will help us in our efforts to convince all Benchers of the importance of law libraries throughout Ontario.  TAKE THE SURVEY

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Included in the Update is a bullet about MAG’s current Consultations on Remote Notarization (launched yesterday).  If you or someone from your Association would like to comment, please note that the deadline is March 26th!  You can learn more (including accessing MAG’s slide deck setting out the questions that will be discussed during the consultations) here.

FOLA will be preparing a submission.  If you or your Association would like to send comments for consideration in our Submission, please email me (katie.robinette@fola.ca) with responses to questions based in the Consultation deck (on our website but also attached here), please do so by NO LATER THAN THURSDAY AT NOON so that we have time to review and consider when preparing our Submission in time for MAG’s March 26th deadline.   Alternatively, you can prepare your own submission by March 26th.  

CASELINES TRAINING: Recordings of CaseLines training held in February are now available.  Links can be found in our Weekly Update.

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.

March 18, 2021 – 3:52 PM – Updated Niagara Courthouse Quick Bites

Please find the updated Quick Bites for Niagara

March 17, 2021 – 1:42 PM -FOLA’s Weekly Update

Please find attached, a copy of our Weekly Update following our Sector Meeting.  You can also find a copy here.

Also, please remind your members about our law library use survey.  It is critical that as many members as possible take 3 minutes to complete this.  Here is the link. Their responses will help us in our efforts to convince all Benchers of the importance of law libraries throughout Ontario.

And one other thing:  Vaultie has developed a secure, compliance based digital identity-based notary seal built to help lawyers and notaries authenticate documents and verify ID’s in an online world.  They are offering all Law Association members a special code to receive $30.00 off of their first month.  Use code FOLATRIAL.  They are also hosting two free live demos for us.  Your members can find out more and sign up here.

Kindly share this email with your members.  Have a great day 😊

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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