Today’s update for courthouses across Canada
Courts across Canada are taking extraordinary measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19. Below is a roundup of actions courts are taking across the country.
The court has extended the suspension period until May 29. During the suspension period, the court is accepting affidavits sworn or affirmed remotely using methods deemed acceptable in any Superior Court of any province.
The notice gives directions about criminal proceedings scheduled on June 1 and after.
Trial management conferences scheduled on or after June 1 and civil and family trials scheduled on or after June 8 will resume unless the court otherwise directs.
The notice provides instruction regarding what matters will be phased in and what matters will still be adjourned, over the coming weeks.
Beginning May 15, members of the public can observe live appeal hearings by videoconference. The court has shared public Zoom links in its weekly hearing list.
The first part of the court’s staged resumption of its operations covers the period from May 25 to July 3.
The court will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters to June 26 and will extend the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to Sept. 8.
The directive gives information on how chambers applications will be scheduled in June. The court has also set aside a substantial number of dates for pretrial conferences to be conducted in July and August.
Starting June 1, the court will reopen proceedings on a staged and incremental basis.
The child protection dockets will continue to sit in the court centers in June, except in Steinbach and Beausejour.
Effective June 8, small claims court officers will resume hearing small claims actions.
During the recess from June 29 to Sept. 7, the Winnipeg uncontested civil motions list will sit on Wednesdays and Fridays each week via teleconference.
The court’s instructions for filing requests or documents by email has been updated as of May 14.
The court’s notice on media and public access has been revised as of May 15.
The notice dated May 19 consolidates previously issued directives in a single document.
The list gives information on how many people can be in the courtroom at any given time and on other trial-related matters.
Effective June 4, the Dartmouth Wellness Court will recommence telephone hearings only for scheduled matters in the Mental Health Court Program, the Opioid Court Program and the Alcohol Court Program.
Effective June 1, certain in-custody trials and in-custody preliminary inquiries may proceed with in-person appearances, as long as all public health directives are followed.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Starting May 19, the court will be accepting applications to hear a greater number of cases now listed on its dockets.
The court is expanding the types of appearances that will proceed and the types of documents it will accept for filing or processing.
Effective May 15, the court will deal with short video appearances in Judges’ Docket at 9:00 a.m. and will adjourn lengthier video matters to later times in the morning.