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Notices to the Profession and Other HLA News re. COVID-19

MAY 7 | Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice

May 08, 2020
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Province of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency until May 12, 2020 and has indicated that the declaration may be further extended beyond this date. In light of the continued uncertainty about the duration of the state of emergency in Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice will not be returning to full operations on May 29, 2020. No trials will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest, unless a judge seized with a continuing matter orders otherwise.
The Court will continue discussions to consider gradually expanding the range of matters that it is hearing.

The Court is working closely with its justice partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General, to adopt technology that will increase participants’ ability to access courthouse services using remote means, such as by the electronic filing of court material, remote scheduling processes, and remote hearings. The Court is also working with stakeholders to plan for the eventual resumption of in-person attendances in a way that protects the health and safety of all participants based on the best available public health information.

In order to protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19, we continue to ask members of the legal profession and members of the public to NOT attend courthouses in person at this time unless a judge orders otherwise or if you are unable to email family court documents relating to an urgent family matter.
Under no circumstances should you come into a courthouse if you have been advised by public health officials, your doctor or the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) website (https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus) to self-isolate.
Please continue to check the Ontario Court of Justice website for updates (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/).

Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (May 7, 2020)
This Notice supplements the March 28, 2020 Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice. Please read this directive in conjunction with the March 28, 2020 directive.

The OCJ will continue to hear urgent matters. Starting on May 19, 2020, cases conferences in previously adjourned matters and, subject to local direction, other matters will be permitted to be heard in the Ontario Court of Justice. In addition to these matters, each local courthouse will continue to hear certain in-chambers requests.
New proceedings, unless urgent, will not be heard at this time.
The scheduling and document filing requirements for case conferences and other matters will be determined locally by the Local Administrative Judge, keeping in mind the limited on-site court staff resources.

All other family court matters not addressed by this Directive (for example, trials) and previously scheduled between March 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020 will be now be adjourned until July 6, 2020.

Additional Important Information:

When a document has been filed electronically, it is not necessary to file a paper copy.
Parties shall not assume that the judge hearing the matter will have access to the entire court file.

Message from the President

COWAN Kanata 2019

Kanata Cowan, President 2020-2021

Thank you for my acclamation as the 78th President of The Hamilton Law Association during these unprecedented, challenging, and uncertain times. Having spent a number of years in various roles and positions volunteering with The Hamilton Law Association, I am honoured to now lead the organization through the global COVID-19 pandemic and ensure its continued strength and vibrancy. It is more important than ever that The Hamilton Law Association continue to play the significant and robust role, in the legal traditions of the City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario, that it has for one hundred and forty-one years.

As a Family Lawyer tucked away in the outskirts of Hamilton, I recognize that some of the membership may not have had a chance to meet me. I am a Henderson Hospital born Hamiltonian. I attended both public school and high school on the mountain and I am a proud graduate of McMaster University. I studied Law at the University of New Brunswick and I have practised in Hamilton since articling and my call to the bar.


The Hamilton Law Association

The Association’s affairs are governed by trustees and officers who ensure that Association undertakings are within the mandate and in the best interests of our legal community. The many valued volunteers who are members of the numerous committees within the structure of the HLA strive to represent our membership consistently and effectively. The Anthony Pepe Memorial Law Library, operated within the scope of the HLA, is one of the largest law libraries in Ontario and houses over 30,000 volumes.

The Hamilton Law Association continues to strive to educate and support its membership in the practice of law as well as to advocate for their interests as lawyers...

The staff of the Hamilton Law Association (HLA) Library cannot provide legal advice or research to members of the public directly. The HLA Library is a private library for the use of its members, and members of the Law Society of Upper Canada only. For information on finding legal help in Ontario please try the Bora Laskin Law Library's Guide to Finding Legal Help in Ontario, or to search for a lawyer practising in the Hamilton area try the HLA Find a Lawyer page.

This Web site is not intended to provide legal advice. It is intended to supply general information to our members. The information contained and distributed on this site does not contain any legal opinions and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hamilton Law Association.

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