COVID-19 Update: Court/Tribunal/Board Cancellations in Ontario

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In light of the recent recommendations from Government and Health Officials, Ontario Courts, Tribunals and Boards have cancelled all in person hearings. The following is a summary of the closures as of March 16, 2020:

Ontario Courts:

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice will be suspending all operations beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until June 2, 2020. All criminal, family and civil matters scheduled to be heard after Tuesday will be adjourned.  All Provincial Offences Act courtrooms will also be closed from March 16, 2020 until April 3, 2020.  Small Claims COurts are closed until further notice, with no specific timeline identified.

Ontario Labour Relations Board:

Effective March 16, 2020, all in-person hearings at the Ontario Labour Relations Board are cancelled until March 27, 2020. Parties with matters before the Board may make written submissions with respect to rescheduling their adjourned hearing to be held instead by telephone or in writing.  The Board will continue to receive applications, responses and any other submissions in accordance with its Rules of Procedure. Effective March 13, 2020 until March 27, 2020, all representation votes are to be held electronically. Similarly, all in-person mediation meetings scheduled are cancelled and will be held instead by teleconference or email.

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario:

Effective March 13, 2020, all in-person hearings at the Human Rights Tribunal are cancelled until further notice.  All front-line counter services will also be closed as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal

Effective March 16, 2020, all in-person hearings at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal are cancelled until further notice. Where feasible, alternative hearing options such as written and telephone hearings will be considered.  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has similarly closed their office as of March 11, 2020.

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