Sept. 17, 2021 – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation – Criminal Adjournment Dates

Please find attached, information about criminal adjournment dates for September 30, 2021.  You can also access them here.

Please be sure to share with your members.

Have a great weekend!

Katie W. Robinette

Executive Director

FOLA.ca

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

October 2021 Trial Sittings – Memorandum from The Honourable Justice W. L. MacPherson

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30, 2021

Please find attached the Statement from Chief Justices Strathy, Morawetz and Maisonneuve regarding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021.

In short, it is letting us know that, in recognition of our Inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, the SCJ, OCJ, and CAO Courts will be closed except for certain matters that must be heard.

In the Ontario Court of Justice, Weekend and Statutory Holiday (bail) courts will operate. In the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, urgent matters such as those heard on statutory holidays will be heard. Further details of court operations on September 30 will be provided by each court.

The notice is also available 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.

SCJ Family Notice (province-wide)

The SCJ has a new provincial Notice to the Profession which takes effect on September 13th, 2021 and is available here.

You will see in the linked Notice that the SCJ is introducing province-wide page restrictions for both conferences and short/regular motions.  Recognizing that materials may already be in progress for upcoming attendances, they have asked Court Services staff not to strictly enforce these new restrictions until the end of September.  That being said, judges are already aware of these new restrictions and counsel should therefore not expect them to have reviewed materials that exceed the restrictions barring unusual circumstances.

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 12, 2021 – CaseLines – Hints & Tips

Introduction to CaseLines Through the Lens of a Litigator

Source:  Federation of Ontario Law Associations Youtube Channel

Video (accredited)– 1 hr 13 min.

CaseLines Hearings – Tips for Counsel and Self-represented Parties | Superior Court of Justice

Source:  www.ontariocourts.ca

Ontario’s CaseLines for Civil Proceedings – Quick Tour

Source:  Dan Rosman – Legal Tech – Youtube

Video – 7 min.

Filing and Sharing Court Documents Online-Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Source:  Litigation Help – Youtube

Video – 16 min.

Preparation Tips for CaseLines Hearings for Parties February 2021.pdf

Source:  – www.hamiltonlaw.on.ca

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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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

2022 Div Court sessions For Central South Region

Please find attached posters for distribution re: the sittings of Divisional Court in 2022.

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.

LCLA AGM – Aug. 13, 2020

Please mark your calendars for the Lincoln County Law Association AGM to be held on Thursday, August 13 at 5:00 via zoom.

Details and materials will be distributed in the near future.