THE SCLA'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
SCLA Library Operations
Please be aware that the Ontario courthouses are in Phase I of reopening. During this period, the SCLA library will be staffed from 8:30 - 12, M, W, Th and from 9 - 12, Tu, F.
As the SCLA has implemented a work at home plan, the library is also still available full-time by email (individual accounts and the main email@example.com 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 continue to be distributed during this time.
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: https://www.ontario.ca/search/orders-in-council and on e-Laws, as a regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90e09?search=emergency+management.
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: https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/ or on FOLA’s website.
From Ontario Court of Justice, March 26: