As of Sunday (March 15) evening, we received a practice direction from Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice informing the profession that as of Tuesday March 17, 2020, the Superior Court of Justice will be suspending all operations (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/covid-19-suspension-fam/). Any hearings before any level of the Superior Court of Justice, whether simplified procedure or ordinary procedure, and even the Small Claims Court are thus adjourned until further notice. The Court of Appeal has also confirmed suspension of its operation in a conscious effort to limit the spread of Covid-19 virus.
Although access to justice is essential in our democracy, the Court will only remain open in limited capacity to deal with urgent and emergency matters which are listed in the practice direction. Please note that the Court will carefully scrutinize the urgent and emergency factor as these matters will be strictly limited in the circumstances. Should you have a matter that possibly qualifies as being urgent and/or and emergency, we would ask that you communicate with your retained professional.
During this time, rest assured that here at Sicotte Guilbault LLP, our professionals will be continuing to work on your matter to maintain the level of service expected. The closure of the Court does not translate in our immediate stoppage of services to you, as we continue to strive to find the appropriate and reasonable conclusion to your matter.
Although physical meetings may be limited to people not having travelled and/or not having the virus’ symptoms within the last 14-days, our professionals will continue to work on your matters using available resources such as telephone, email, video-conferencing and online collaboration tools to help serve you at this time and throughout the Court’s suspension
We ask that you remain calm, during these stressful times. Our Dispute Resolution and Litigation Team is trained to be able to continue to oversee your legal rights during these unusual times.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to communicate with your retained professional.
by: Stéphane Hutt -
posted on: March 16, 2020