Court and Administrative E-AccessThis linking Guide is an attempt to pull together the Ontario law on court and administrative law electronic access. From the start of COVID (March 2020) the Ontario legal system got thrown into a need for electronic conversion, something that before it was only dabbling in half-heartedly (last updated: 29 April 2022).
19 April 2022 Note: Lots of changes today focussed on restoring the courts to some form of traditional normality. Several courts are re-opening to in-person trials as the default method. There are fresh (still COVID-era) Practice Directions in both the Superior Court and the Divisional Court, with the Small Claims Court PD being amended 04 April 2022.Practice Directions
Practice Directions (PDs) have been issued by the courts long before COVID (both by court level and geographically) but they have taken on a more significant role since March 2020 due to the need for the courts to respond quickly to changing needs of litigants. The following are court-compiled (and linked) lists of the present PDs for the Superior Court (which includes the Divisional Court and the Small Claims Court) and the Court of Appeal.
Consolidated Notice to the Profession and Public Regarding the Small Claims Court
Superior Court Practice Directions
Notice to Profession – Divisional Court
Court of Appeal COVID Practice Directions and Notices
Court of Appeal (Regular) Practice Directions, Rules and Forms
Other Court-Specific Links
Next, there are several other court-related links that bear on practicing civil law in the time of COVID.
Civil Litigation 'Portals' (RCP)
Small Claims Court
File small claims online
Email Accounts for Small Claims Court Locations
Administrative Law Hearings Procedures
Electronic Hearing Practice and Etiquette
Best Practices and Etiquette for Remote Hearings
2020 Limitations and Time Limit Suspension