Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings
In view of the public health situation, effective Monday, November 23, 2020, the Court will
not commence any new jury selection in any court location except in those in a Green
Zone as defined by the Ontario Government as of the date of this notice
This will remain in effect until at least January 4, 2021. An update will be issued on
December 29, 2020.
To be clear, only court locations in Green Zones as of the date of this Notice will
commence new jury selection until at least January 4, 2021.
Jury trials currently in progress can proceed, subject to the discretion of the trial judge.
Toronto and Peel
In the lockdown regions of Toronto and Peel, until further notice new (non-jury) matters
that do proceed in-person will be required to maintain a 10-person limit in each courtroom.
Matters that are in progress involving greater than 10 persons in a courtroom, may
continue at the discretion of the trial judge.
Virtual Proceeding Strongly Encouraged
In All regions
In all regions, I strongly encourage the use of virtual proceedings wherever possible. I
recognize that parties, counsel and participants may not be comfortable attending a
courthouse or travelling to attend court. The Court must respond to this situation with
I have requested all judicial officers, when exercising their authority, to be as flexible as
possible and to encourage virtual proceedings, wherever possible. Similarly, I request
counsel and parties to be accommodating when requests for virtual hearings or other
arrangements are made by opposing counsel or parties.
We must continue to do what we can to move matters forward while supporting public
health efforts to stabilize the situation.
Geoffrey B. Morawetz
Chief Justice Ontario
Superior Court of Justice