Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Date Update Source
May 13, 2020

Consolidated Notice to the Profession, Litigants, Accused Persons, Public and the Media


This Notice consolidates previous province-wide direction in a single document so that reference to previous provincial Notices relating to COVID-19 is not required.


While in-court operations were suspended, the SCJ has not closed.  It continues to expand its operations virtually – in writing, or by telephone or video conference hearings.  During this suspension of regular in-court operations, lawyers and parties are expected to take an active role in moving cases forward to final settlement or disposition, including seeking and attending virtual court attendances.


This Notice, effective on May 19, 2020, supersedes previous provincial Notices issued between March 15, 2020 to May 5, 2020 relating to the COVID-19 crisis, except the Notice regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations (May 4, 2020).


This notice addresses the following: suspension of in-court hearings and jury trials; procedures governing all SCJ proceedings during suspension of in-court operations; procedures governing civil and family matters; other procedures governing family law and child protection matters; and procedures governing criminal matters.

May 4, 2020

Notice Regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations (May 4, 2020)


This notice addresses the following: urgent matters; steps to seeking an urgent hearing; suspension of counter service in small claims courts; unsworn affidavits; and filing fees.