COVID-19 NOTICE:  Most law offices are working restricted hours. Call ahead.

We ask PRLA members to review the notices issued by the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice regarding court appearances. Also here are updates from the Prescott & Russell Court Services Division.

May 26 2021:  OCJ now has a standardized naming protocol for family documents when they are filed electronically. There are no longer restrictions on in-person and hybrid family and CYFSA trials.

April 2021: Ontario Courthouse Libraries suffer budget cuts & more scrutiny – A librarian responds

March 15, 2021  Chief Justice Morawetz’s Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court was updated. Please return to this link for future updates.

March 18, 2021  Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding Court Proceedings UPDATE    The SCJ anticipates resuming the conduct of some jury trials in June and July, 2021.  However, these changes are contingent upon the public health situation in each region being stable. Should matters deteriorate, further changes may be announced.

Aug. 26, 2020 Trials and Preliminary Hearings in the Ontario Court of Justice resume September 14, 2020 at an additional 20 locations, including L’Orignal.  Information containing audio  conference numbers and conference ID numbers have been sent out to PRLA members.

Aug. 10, 2020  OCJ issued updated Family Law notices to include Family Submissions Online portal. They include: COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice and Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of electronically submitting documents at the Ontario Court of Justice

Aug. 5, 2020 Justice Services Online Announcement. Letter to Counsel – Justice Services Online Expanded Effective August 5 2020

August 5, 2020, the Justice Services Online platform (ontario.ca/familyclaims and ontario.ca/page/file-civil-claim-online) expanded to enable the online submission of close to 400 more types of civil and family court documents.  The new services, “Civil Submissions Online” and “Family Submissions Online,” will provide simple and quick ways to electronically submit court documents, at every step in a case, in any new or existing: civil action or application in the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ); and  family proceeding in the SCJ or Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ).

Notice to Legal Profession & Public Online Claims Services eff July 6 2020  for Prescott & Russell courthouse.

Notice to Public Court Counter & Online Filing Services & Family Mediation Information Services eff. July 6 2020 To avoid unnecessary visits to the Prescott & Russell courthouse, lawyers and litigants are strongly encouraged to use the Ministry of the Attorney General’s online claims services to file eligible documents and to receive electronically issued documents. (Please note effective July 6, 2020 and until further notice, Court Services Division counter services are offered between 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Covid-19 SCJ Notice re Divisional Court – June 29, 2020  The Divisional Court will not resume in-person hearings on July 6, 2020 and will continue to hear matters remotely in accordance with this Notice to the Profession until further notice.

Covid-19 OCJ Notice re July 6 2020 Criminal Trials and Preliminary Inquiries (17 June 2020)

Covid-19 Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (June 17 2020)

Effective June, 2020: OCJ Directive Out of Custody pleas COVID June 1, 2020  The Ontario Court of Justice may now proceed with out-of-custody non-urgent matters. Each region has adopted procedures to bring forward these resolved matters. The procedures are drafted in consideration of the Ontario Health Emergency Directives, and their effects on the various services provided to the Court.

Effective May 19, 2020 Consolidated Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and the Media. See East Region.  SCJ website

This is further to the Practice Directive issued April 22, 2020.  In light of the COVID 19 Health Emergency and the need to reduce the number of persons attending at the courthouse in person,  it is recommended that material be filed by regular mail or email.   Attendance at the courthouse to file material should be avoided.   Material to support urgent matters should continue to be emailed to : LorignalTrialCoordination@ontario.ca

Other material is to be emailed to Lorignal.SCJ.courts@ontario.ca

Notice to the Prescott & Russell Bar and to the public: SCJ L’Orignal New Practice Directive April 22, 2020

The initial directive previously issued on March 25, 2020 concerning the management of matters at the Superior Court of L’Orignal applies specifically to matters at the L’Orignal courthouse and takes precedence over the directives issued by the Chief Justice in Toronto.  In the event that directives are contradictory, please comply with the below specific directives of the L’Orignal courthouse. March 26, 2020  Directive du palais de justice l’orignal 26 mars 2020

The Carleton County Law Association provides ongoing updates: Consolidated Court & Legal Organization Closures & Procedures during Covid-19.

PRLA Executive 2021

President: Marc Gauthier (Marc Gauthier Professional Corporation)

Vice-President: Judith Charest (Charest Law Office)

Treasurer: Yves Jubinville (Jubinville Law Office)

Secretary: Véronique Fournier (Julien & Cormier Law Office)

Library Advisor:  Alexandra Nantel-Soucy  (Robert E. Tolhurst Law Office)

Past President: Judith Wilcox (Wilcox Law Office)