Ontario Court of Justice

Date Update Source
May 19, 2020

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel/Paralegals and the Public Re: Provincial Offences Act Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice


This notice addresses the following: Limitation periods under the Provincial Offences Act; scheduling directives (all proceedings, appeals, pre-trials, and young persons); and electronic signatures.

May 15, 2020

COVID-19: Notice to Counsel and the Public re: Criminal Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice 


No trials or preliminary inquiries will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest, unless a judge seized with a continuing matter orders otherwise and the Regional Senior Judge is satisfied that the necessary courthouse resources are in place. All criminal court appearances in the Ontario Court of Justice between Monday March 16 and Friday May 29 involving accused persons who are not in custody will be adjourned, in the absence of the accused person, as discussed in detail below.  An update regarding out-of-custody appearances that were scheduled to occur between June 1, 2020 and July 3, 2020 will be posted soon.


This notice provides updates on the following: legal assistance from Legal Aid Ontario; scheduling directives; serving and filing court documents; judicial pre-trials; guilty plea proceedings; bail hearings; applications to vary release orders and police undertakings; and media.

May 14, 2020

Notice to the Legal Profession and the Public regarding the process of emailing documents at the Ontario Court of Justice (updated May 14, 2020)


We ask members of the legal profession and members of the public to NOT attend courthouses in person at this time, unless a judge requires you to be in court for a hearing or if you are unable to submit a filing by email in accordance with the instructions below.  If you are unable to submit your filing by email, contact your local courthouse to determine the other options that are available or information about attending your local courthouse.


Filings can be temporarily submitted by email. In criminal cases, legal professionals (counsel and agents authorized under s. 800(2) of the Criminal Code) are required to file documents by email, unless otherwise directed by a judicial official.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19: Ontario Court of Justice Protocol Re Bail Hearings


This protocol addresses the following: pre-court preparations and discussions; written materials; the hearings; sureties; procedure for effecting release; remote fly-in First Nation communities; and special bail hearings.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19: Consent Variation Procedures for Release Orders and Police Undertakings in the Ontario Court Of Justice


The Ontario Court of Justice has adopted new procedures to help individuals apply to vary their release conditions without having to go to court in person. The new procedures allow for the consent variation of release conditions for individuals who have been released either by the Court (s. 515 of the Criminal Code) or by the police (s. 498, 499 or 503 of the Criminal Code).


These procedures address the following: consent variations of judicial release (bail) orders, and consent variations of police undertakings.

May 7, 2020

COVID-19: Scheduling of Family Matters in the Ontario Court of Justice (May 7, 2020)


Starting on May 19, 2020, cases conferences in previously adjourned matters and, subject to local direction, other matters will be permitted to be heard in the Ontario Court of Justice. In addition to these matters, each local courthouse will continue to hear certain in-chambers requests.


New proceedings, unless urgent, will not be heard at this time.

The scheduling and document filings requirements for case conferences and other matters will be determined locally by the Local Administrative Judge, keeping in mind the limited on-site court staff resources.


All other family court matters not addressed by this Notice (for example, trials) and previously scheduled between March 28, 2020 to May 29, 2020 will be now be adjourned until July 6, 2020.


This notice addresses the following: scheduling of family matters in the OCJ; filing; trials; pre-court discussions; legal resources; and media.

May 4, 2020

All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario.


A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.