Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

O. Reg. 526/21, revises the procedure to fix the method of attendance for out-of-court examinations and mediations under the Rules of Civil Procedure. It makes amendments to six rules and four forms.

The rule amendments include:
• revising r. 1.08 (8) to alter the procedure to object to the proposed method of attendance for an out-of-court step and to capture more out-of-court steps;
• clarifying the language in r. 1.08 (1), (5), and (6) regarding the method of attendance at a hearing or other in-court step;
• clarifying that mediators shall give notice of the method of attendance in rr. 24.1.09 (7) and 75.1.07 (7); and
• removing the reference to attending mediation sessions "in person" in rr. 75.1.03, 75.1.05(4), and 75.2.02.

Forms 24.1B, 34A, 34B, and 53C are revised to provide information to the recipient about the procedure to object to the selected method of attendance.

The amendments and forms will come into force on September 1, 2021.

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