The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General has announced that civil claims online filing (http://ontario.ca/civilclaims) has expanded, again, and will now permit filing additional documents including defences. MAG has provided the following information about the service and the expansion, which we set out below:
As of May 28, 2018 it will be possible to file the following documents online through the civil claims online portal (http://ontario.ca/civilclaims):
- Statement of Defence (Form 18A)
- Notice of Intent to Defend (Form 18B)
- Statement of Claim filed following the issuance of a Notice of Action (Form 14D)
- Proof of Service of documents that are filed online
- Orders and Consents that are required in support of the filing of a document online
The online filing of these documents with the Superior Court of Justice has been authorized by subrule 4.05.1(2) of the Rules of Civil Procedure. The rules also clarify that it will not be necessary to provide the court with a paper copy of a document that was filed online unless the matter is proceeding to a hearing or conference and the party intends to rely on the document at the hearing (rule 4.05.1(6), in force May 28, 2018).
The civil claims online filing service will continue to:
- allow the online filing of initiating documents:
- Statement of Claim (Form 14A, 14B)
- Notice of Action (Form 14C)
- Affidavit of Litigation Guardian of a Plaintiff under a Disability
- Request for Bilingual Proceedings
- Consent to File Documents in French
- email court-issued Statements of Claim or Notices of Action;
- allow online payment of court fees by credit card or Interac;
- allow a user to track online filing fee payments, submissions and draft submissions; and
- save work in progress and return to drafts in order to submit the request for filing at a later time.
Please contact us directly if you have any comments on the system, and join us for a webinar on June 11th that will demonstrate the system, including the new features.