Ontario Court of Justice - Central South Region

  • February 25, 2021

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OCJ Bail Protocol Updates

The OCJ has updated its Bail Protocol (introduced in May 2020). These revisions serve to clarify and reinforce the Protocol’s objectives of ensuring that bail proceedings are conducted justly and efficiently. For more information, please see the Protocol.

OCJ Adjourning All Family and Child, Youth, and Family Services Act Trials

The OCJ will adjourn all family and Child, Youth, and Family Services Act trials (including in-person, hybrid, and remote trials) scheduled between April 26 to May 7, 2021. Counsel and parties should not attend Court for these types of trials during this period. The Court is committed to facilitating proceedings by remote technology where possible, unless an in-person hearing is required to ensure meaningful access to justice. For more information please see the Notice.

Provincial Offences Act Proceedings Timelines Extended to September 7, 2021 

The Ontario Court of Justice has issued 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. Prior to September 7th, 2021, only urgent POA appeals to a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice will be accepted for filing.

MAG Update re Small Estates

The Ministry of the Attorney General has announced that it will establish a threshold limit for small estates in order to simplify the probate process for such estates, as per the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020. Beginning on April 1, 2021, Ontario will set the limit for a small estate at $150,000 and will remove the requirement to post bond in most small estate probate applications. For more information, please see this News Release

OCJ Directive re Scheduling of Family Law Matters Revised

In lights of the Ontario government’s new emergency orders, the OCJ has revised the COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Law Matters at the Ontario Court of Justice. The new Scheduling of Family Law Matters directive eliminates the reference to certain appearances being presumptively in person and waives the requirement to file sworn documents, beyond unsworn affidavits of service. Electronically signed documents are acceptable for filing.