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Court Info - Forms

Superior & Ontario Court of Justice Lists - John Sopinka

Daily Court Information Now Available Online - http://www.ontariocourtdates.ca/

Hamilton Superior Court of Justice - United Family Courthouse

2019 Civil Sittings and Long Civil Trials

The Sittings for 2019 are as follows

  • February 11, 2019 – speak to February 4, 2019 @ 10
  • May 21, 2019 – speak to May 13, 2019 @ 10
  • September 9, 2019 – speak to August 26, 2019 @ 10
  • November 18, 2019 – speak to November 4, 2019 @ 10 

Note: Counsel are required to attend speak to court unless a **Consent for Trial Readiness Form is completed and signed by all parties.

  • March 18, 2019 - 3 weeks
  • October 15, 2019 - 3 weeks

Superior Court of Justice

http://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj

Central South Region Forms:


Note
: Counsel are required to attend speak to court unless a **Consent for Speak to Form** is completed and signed by all parties

Note:  Forms 1A and 2A are no longer required as pre-trials are mandatory in all matters.

POA Online Services Expanded

Dec 10, 2018

Beginning January 14, 2019, POA Online Services will be expanded in the City of Hamilton to include the addition of online requests for an Early Resolution Meeting by visiting the online system. 

Defendants and/or their agents will be mailed a notice of the date, time and location of the early resolution meeting.

For more information, visit POA Online Services or contact the local office at poacourtadmin2@hamilton.ca or 905-540-5592.

Upcoming Practice Direction Amendments

Dec 06, 2018

Please be advised amendments have been made to the Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction, the Consolidated Practice Direction for Divisional Court Proceedings, and the Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region.

Below is a summary of the amendments taking effect on Friday, December 7, 2018. Please refer to the Superior Court of Justice website for exact wording and details: http://www.ontariocourts.ca/sci/practice/nractice-directions/

Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction

  • Masters are to be addressed as "Your Honour" in English and "Votre Honneur" in French. 
  • The procedure for Rule 13.1.02 motions (to transfer civil proceedings) is to apply in all SCJ regions. (See paragraphs 48 through 51 of the practice direction for the procedure.)

Consolidated Practice Direction for Divisional Court Proceedings

New requirements for motions for leave to appeal to the Divisional Court:

  • In the materials filed with the Court, parties should refer to themselves as "the moving party" or "the responding party"
  • Both the moving party's and responding party's motion records must include costs submissions respecting the motion for leave to appeal, unless doing so would disclose an offer to settle.
  • Costs submissions should include the proposed quantum of costs (win or lose) and a costs outline (Form 57B).

Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region

  • Short motions and applications can no longer be booked by telephone. They can only be booked by email or in person.

Enhancement of the civil claims online filing service

Nov 28, 2018

The civil claims online filing service (Ontario.ca/civilclaims) has been enhanced in response to feedback from legal associations and users.

This enhancement follows the spring 2018 expansion of the service, which enabled some defence documents and proof of service for documents to be filed online. For a current list of documents that can be filed online, please visit Ontario.ca/civilclaims.

Improving the user experience

As of November 26, 2018, users are able to:

  • preview uploaded documents prior to submission;
  • search online transactions by the case name;
  • save the confirmation screen page;
  • record parties’ contact information more quickly by reducing the data entry required; and
  • input six-digit phone extensions.

Additional enhancements include:

  • the relocation of the Save plaintiff/defendant buttons to facilitate navigation; and
  • the automatic addition of plaintiff and defendant email addresses from the initial online submission into the court’s case management system.

Share your feedback

The ministry will continue to enhance the service based on user feedback. I invite you to share this update and encourage your members to provide their feedback by completing the Rate Our Service survey on the portal or emailing civilclaimsonline@ontario.ca.

Sincerely,
Vaia Pappas
Director, Operational Support Branch
Court Services Division

Expansion of the civil claims online filing service

Jun 11, 2018

The civil claims online filing service has been expanded to enable the online filing of additional documents in a civil proceeding in the Superior Court of Justice. This expansion follows the successful province-wide launch of the service in November 2017.      

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.

If you are interested in arranging an online information session for your members about the expanded civil claims online filing service, please send an email to civilclaimsonline@ontario.ca.

Please share any comments about the service with Vaia Pappas, Director of the Operational Support Branch at vaia.pappas@ontario.ca.

NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION

AMENDMENTS TO FAMILY LAW RULES (O. Reg. 114/99) EFFECTIVE April 23, 30 and July 1, 2018

On April 23, 2018, rule changes will come into effect to support the Ministry of the Attorney General’s e-filing service for joint divorce applications.

On April 30, 2018, multiple rule and form changes to support the new Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 14 (including, but not limited to, changes to rules 8, 17, 25, 33 and 34, as well as 35 court forms) will come into effect on the same date as the new legislation is proclaimed.

On July 1, 2018, the rules and timelines relating to service, filing and confirmations for conferences and motions will also change.  There are new confirmation forms for both motions and conferences.

Also on July 1, 2018, updated rules relating to costs (specifically sub-rules 17(18), 17(18.1) and 24(10) - 24(12.1)) will come into effect.

Please see the Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99  and

http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/family-law-rules-forms/ for details. 

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