Up-to-date Sector Information

All 54 Land Registry Offices closing to public effective October 13, 2020

  • July 06, 2020

Effective October 13, 2020, the Ontario government will be discontinuing land registration counter services at all 54 Land Registry Offices (LROs). This means that October 9, 2020 is the last day LROs will be open to the public. Land Registry staff will continue to provide customer service support, document certification and processing work across the province.

Guelph Courthouses – In-person Criminal and Family matters resuming July 7, 2020

  • July 06, 2020

The Ministry of the Attorney General has advised that it is now satisfied that all of the necessary health and safety measures are in place in the Guelph courthouses to allow in-person proceedings to resume. As a result, the Ontario Court of Justice will resume hearing in-person criminal trials and preliminary inquiries, and in-person family trials, summary judgment motions and other in-person family matters in the Guelph courthouses on July 7, 2020.

OBA Letter to MAG Recovery Secretariat on Re-Opening of Courthouses

  • July 03, 2020

The OBA wrote to the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Recovery Secretariat to advocate for safety, transparency, effective communication to the profession and the public about what to expect and how to prepare for court attendance, as well as the need for a system of rapid identification, communication and response if health and safety, procedural or other concerns arise. We continue to offer and provide support for alternatives to in-person proceedings as well.

Regional SCJ Notices Released

  • June 30, 2020

Further to the Superior Court of Justice’s Notice to the Profession of June 25, 2020, the following regions have now released new or updated Notices in anticipation of the July 6, 2020 Phase 1 reopening:

Ontario to Ban Some Commercial Evictions

  • June 08, 2020

Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that the government will implement a moratorium on commercial evictions between June 3 and Aug. 31 for small businesses that qualify for the federal government’s Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program.

Revised Guidebook to Resuming Court Operations

  • July 03, 2020

This updated guidebook replaces earlier versions you may have previously reviewed. It now contains updated information about face coverings and PPE, the provision of gloves, enforcement and monitoring and our court entry screening tool.

The Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19

  • May 28, 2020

The Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19 recently held its second meeting to confirm the Action Committee's approach and priorities in offering national guidance to chief justices, judges and courts administration officials as decision are taken around the gradual resumption of court operations across Canada.