THE SCLA'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Simcoe County Law Firms Connect
In an effort to keep the lines of communication open during this challenging time, we have created a Facebook page called Simcoe County Law Firms Connect. This is a private group where local firms can seek information or assistance with respect to business continuity. The group will also post notices and relevant information as it becomes available, but we encourage everyone to share any information that might assist the legal community over the next few weeks.
As noted, this is a private group open only to local firms. However, in order to properly manage the page, we ask that each firm assign no more than two members to join the group. The members can then act as representatives for their firms.
While everyone does their part to remain safe during this time, let’s work together to get through the challenges ahead.
From Ontario Court of Justice, March 26:
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.
March 20, 2020
FOLA wishes to remind you that Legal Aid Ontario is still up and running and is doing it’s best to serve Ontarians. They are currently working with the courts and MAG to make online services available for all matters.
In terms of coordinating the private bar to assist in providing remote services, they have in asked FOLA to direct those interested in accepting certificates to contact Sid Freeman email@example.com at the Criminal Law Association (CLA).
Sid will need the following information from you:
If you are assigned shifts, you will be paid hourly and will be provided with a special DCPO (duty counsel per diem number). You MUST use the existing regular per diem sign-in sheets on sign in and upon exiting. These sign in sheets will be available electronically - either as an attachment or through a portal.
The CLA anticipates the Ontario Court of Justice will implement systems in short order to allow all lawyers to work remotely so we can safely work together while we battle COVID-19. Once these systems are in place, they would like to be able to call on as many lawyers as possible to assist.
Again, please send your contact information to Sid Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will assign you to your regional contact once remote capabilities are in place.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
Further to our real estate update yesterday, the Law Society has now issued a Corporate Statement on Covid-19 that includes information on remotely identifying and verifying identity of clients and virtually commissioning documents. The relevant excerpts from the Corporate Statement relating to these two issues are attached. The full Corporate Statement can be found here.
Merredith MacLennan & Eldon Horner
FOLA Real Estate Co-Chairs