Given the exceptional and evolving circumstances concerning COVID-19, and subject to any further Practice Direction that may issue, this Amended Practice Direction Regarding the Electronic Conduct of Matters During the COVID-19 Emergency applies until further notice:
1. No in-person hearings will be conducted during the COVID-19 emergency. All matters (appeals and motions) will proceed by remote appearance, or in writing, as set out below.
2. Subject to any order of the court, all matters to be heard on or after April 14, 2020 will be conducted pursuant to this Practice Direction.
3. The requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 194, the Criminal Appeal Rules, S.I./93-169, the Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99, and all existing Practice Directions and Guidelines requiring the filing of hardcopy documents, and respecting the conduct of oral hearings, in the Court of Appeal for Ontario are dispensed with for the period of time during which this Practice Direction is in effect, unless otherwise stated herein or ordered by the court.
4. All documents that are required for the hearing of any matter are to be filed in electronic format only. If hardcopy materials have already been filed, parties must file electronic copies of all materials necessary for the hearing of any matter, as set out below, and in accordance with the times set out in the court’s practice directions concerning the reinstatement of times prescribed. The practice directions concerning the reinstatement of times prescribed can be accessed on the court’s website under the banner “Practice Directions and Notices regarding COVID-19” at https://www.ontariocourts.ca/coa/en/notices/covid-19/
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