This notice is being sent on behalf of Regional Senior Justice Arrell
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By Notice to the Profession dated March 15, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) advised the profession, the media and the public that, while the SCJ was suspending court operations, it would continue to hear urgent matters in criminal, family and civil.
During the intervening period the SCJ has continuously explored all avenues to expand the services it provides to the public. As set out in the Province-Wide April 2, 2020 Notice to the Profession issued by Geoffrey B. Morawetz, Chief Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, each Region expanded the scope of matters it heard effective April 6, 2020, with a further expansion April 28, 2020.
Having considered the various resources and technological constraints to hearing matters during the suspension of court operations, the Central South Region will, effective May 19, 2020, expand further to deal with additional matters.
During the next several weeks, the Central South Region will continue to monitor the situation and, if possible, will further expand the types of matters and hearings that will be heard during these extraordinary times.
This NOTICE supersedes and replaces the NOTICES of April 2, April 28 and April 30, 2020 issued in Central South. However, the protocol of April 7, 2020 regarding Family and Child Protection matters remains in place and should be followed regarding documentary and filing requirements for conferences and motions;
The Chief Justice has issued orders adjourning criminal matters to specified dates and extending bench warrants accordingly. He has also issued an order adjourning matters and extending certain orders in child protection cases. These and other orders of the Chief Justice can be found at: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/