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Supreme Court amends its rules to simplify leave application process

Thursday, January 07, 2021 @ 9:57 AM | By John Chunn

The Supreme Court of Canada announced that the Rules Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2020-281, were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on Jan. 6, 2021. These amendments, which come into force on Jan. 27, 2021, apply to all cases, including filings as of that date in any ongoing cases.

According to the court’s press release, the amendments will, among other things, simplify the leave application process. With these amendments, an application for leave to appeal will consist of the notice of application, lower court decisions and memorandum of argument only. This new process will also facilitate the electronic filing of leave application materials. Service requirements for the electronic versions of these materials will be less stringent. The number of print copies required will also be reduced.

The amendments are further explained in a guide. The Guidelines for Preparing Documents to be Filed with the Supreme Court of Canada (print and electronic) have been updated to reflect these amendments and are also available on the court’s website

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