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Covid-19 Update

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

It would be fair to say that the crisis of Covid-19 has led to some novel circumstances in the courts and legal system. For the first time in my memory, courts and tribunals are suspending trials, conferences and hearings on an unprecedented scale.

Below is some information on what is open or closed. Links are available if you need more information.

**Please Note ** This information is provided to the general public and your case and specific situation may be different. If you have a pending matter, please speak to your Paralegal, Lawyer or appropriate court office for more information about your matter.

First, On March 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The order suspends limitation periods and procedural time periods set out in any "....statute, regulation, rule, by-law or order of the Government of Ontario." The suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020 and would include both Small Claims Court and the Landlord and Tenant Board.

Second, the Superior Court of Justice issued a notice to the profession March 15th, 2020 saying in part:

"All criminal, family and civil matters scheduled to be heard on or after Tuesday March 17, 2020 are adjourned...Lawyers and litigants with matters scheduled on or after March 17, 2020 are advised not to attend the courthouse."

I was personally contacted last week by the Superior Court of Justice, Trial Coordinator's office and made aware that the adjournments would encompass all dates up until the 29th of May 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call 519-564-3242. We will continue to serve the Windsor and Essex community, as best as we are able throughout this crisis, by any electronic means available.

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