SEPTEMBER 3 | OCJ Notice Update

Sep 03, 2020

The OCJ has issued a Notice announcing virtual criminal case management courts will be starting in the following additional locations beginning on September 8, 2020:

  • Central East:  Barrie, Peterborough, Lindsay
  • Central West: Brantford, Milton, St. Catharines, Welland
  • East: Brockville, Cornwall, Perth
  • Northeast:  North Bay, Parry Sound, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury
  • Toronto: 1000 Finch, 2201 Finch
  • West: Chatham, Sarnia, London


Please see the full Notice here: Update – Additional Court Locations Commencing Virtual Criminal Case Management Appearances on September 8, 2020


Also, the OCJ has issued a revised Scheduling Notice that includes updates regarding the expansion of Family matters. As of September 14, additional listed court locations are expected to resume in-person family matters as permitted by the Scheduling Directive. As of September 28, 2020, OCJ will begin to resume hearing Applications, Motions to Change, and Family Responsibility Office matters.

Please see attached revised Family Scheduling Notice for details.

In addition to other updates covered in the revised Family Scheduling Notice, beginning September 28, 2020 and until further notice, all First Appearance Court/First Court Dates, as per rule 40(4) of the Family Law Rules before a clerk will be waived.  Parties and counsel will be asked to file a new waiver form. Please see the  revised Notice for additional important details, and find the supporting new Form, below.

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (September 2, 2020)

First Appearance Court Waiver