The Ontario Court of Justice (“OCJ”) just announced that they will continue to maintain their closure until July 6, 2020. Earlier, they had announced that they would reopen on May 29, 2020. However, with the pandemic in Ontario not seeing the improvement that we all had hoped for, this was a necessary decision for them to make.
This means that all regular scheduled court dates and trials will be rescheduled to be heard AFTER July 6, 2020. There are certain exceptions for matters that can proceed during this time and people who can attend the courthouse. Aside from the list mentioned below, everyone has been asked not to attend the courthouse and deal with matters themselves – unless it is urgent.
- Urgent Family (and Criminal) matters.
- Urgent and/or essential criminal intake court.
- Filing urgent court documents.
This will impact those who have pressing matters that may not meet the test of urgency by the court. It is important to remain calm during this time and to attempt to do everything else that could be done in your matter and take advantage of other alterative dispute resolution methods such as, virtual mediation. Creativity is at it’s finest right now and if you need advice about how to manage your family matter during this time, AP Lawyers is open remotely to continue providing you service.