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SCLA Library Operations

Please be aware that the SCLA Library will have no staff on-site effective Tuesday, March 17 and until further notice as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

As the SCLA has implemented a work at home plan, the library is still available by email (individual accounts and the main  account) to assist with research questions, newsletter announcement requests, etc. The SCLA is taking this step out of concern for the safety of the membership and staff.

Please note that email newsletters and courthouse updates will still be distributed during this time.

For general court information, please always refer to the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice websites.

From FOLA:

Weekly Update 9 - May 13, 2020
Weekly Update 8 - May 6, 2020

Weekly Update 7 - April 29, 2020

Weekly Update 6 - April 22, 2020

Weekly Update 5 - April 15, 2020

Weekly Update 4 - April 8, 2020

Weekly Update 3 - April 1, 2020

Weekly Update 2 - March 23-27

Weekly Update 1 - March 17-20
Q and As - FOLA - MSCJ and COVID-19
March 23 - COVID-19 Update
CSD Notice - March 23

From CSD:

CSD Notice Members of the Legal Profession and  Public - ENG
CSD Notice Members of the Legal Profession and  Public - FR

Please find above updated CSD Notice to Member of the Legal Profession and Public.

FOLA, April 8, 2020:

The Lieutenant Governor in Council made an order under s. 7.0.2(4), of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act permitting virtual witnessing for wills and powers of attorney provided that at least one person who is providing the service as a witness is a licensee pursuant to the Law Society Act.

The Order is not retroactive and will be in place for the duration of the declaration of emergency.

The Order in Council will also be posted on this website tomorrow morning: and on e-Laws, as a regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at:


Provincial Notice - Criminal - Expanded SCJ Operations
Provincial Notice - Civil Family - Expanded SCJ Operations

To protect all court users during the COVID-19 crisis, all but urgent hearings in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) were suspended, effective March 17, 2020.  Today, Chief Justice Morawetz and all eight Regional Senior Justices issued new Notices to the Profession.  They expand the SCJ’s virtual court operations in each region, effective April 6, 2020.

Attached are two Provincial Notices to the Profession from Chief Justice Morawetz (Criminal and Civil/Family).  They address a variety of issues including emailing material to the court, service by email, media access to court proceedings, and gowning.  They include links to the eight Regional Notices to the Profession. The eight Regional Notices identify which matters may be heard in each region, and the process to have a matter heard. 

Also attached is a memo from the Office of the Chief Justice that provides a summary of the Notices to the Profession issued today, for information purposes only.

All SCJ Notices to the Profession relating to COVID-19 may be accessed at: or on FOLA’s website.

From Ontario Court of Justice, March 26:

Notice to the Profession in Central East - Family Matters

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