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

MAY 11 | New Procedures for Criminal Matters in the OCJ

May 12, 2020

As you may know, on Monday May 4, the Ontario Court of Justice released a public communication announcing that it will not be returning to full operations on May 29, 2020. The communication advised that no trials or preliminary inquiries will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest.

As we continue to work with the Superior Court, the Ministry, and other justice partners to address and tackle the challenges to the resumption of trials and preliminary inquiries, the Court understands and shares the pressing concern of a growing court backlog.

The Court is thus pleased to announce a limited expansion. As of Monday May 11, the Court will expand its operations to accommodate resolutions of criminal charges involving persons who are out of custody, where the Regional Senior Judge is satisfied that the necessary courthouse resources are in place. In addition, as further described in the Notice, the Court is making judicial pre-trials mandatory for all criminal proceedings (including YCJA proceedings):

i)             that were scheduled for a trial or preliminary inquiry between March 16, 2020 and July 3, 2020 that was, or will be, adjourned due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

ii)            that are scheduled for a trial or preliminary inquiry between July 6, 2020 and October 30, 2020

Please find attached the COVID-19 Notice to Counsel and the Public re: Criminal Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice, which is effective May 11, 2020. This notice both consolidates previous directives regarding OCJ criminal proceedings issued as a result of the COVID-pandemic and it includes important updates regarding our Court’s criminal operations.

Accompanying this Notice are two related protocols, one about the conduct of bail hearings, and the other about new procedures for consent variations to bail orders and police undertakings. You will find these protocols attached, together with the consent variation application forms.  In addition, I enclose a procedures guide regarding the new consent variation procedures that my office prepared for the judiciary, Court Services Division and Counsel for your reference.

Please find attached the below attachments:

COVID-19: NOTICE TO COUNSEL AND THE PUBLIC RE: CRIMINAL MATTERS IN THE ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE 

COVID-19: CONSENT VARIATION PROCEDURES FOR RELEASE ORDERS AND POLICE UNDERTAKINGS IN THE ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE  

** Detailed Procedure for Judiciary/Court Services/Counsel ** COVID-19: CONSENT VARIATION PROCEDURES FOR RELEASE ORDERS AND POLICE UNDERTAKINGS IN THE ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE

COVID-19: ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE PROTOCOL RE BAIL HEARINGS 

ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE: APPLICATION FOR CONSENT VARIATION OF BAIL

ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE: APPLICATION FOR CONSENT VARIATION OF POLICE UNDERTAKING

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.

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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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