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Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 12:02 PM

N.S. Supreme Court stops accepting hard copy documents, turns to electronic filing

In efforts to increase social distancing, Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court is no longer accepting hard copy documents at its courthouses and advising lawyers and the self-representing to use e-mail or fax for “urgent and essential matters.”   ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 3:01 PM

How COVID-19 affects child support payments: Does a parent still have to pay support? Man and woman have no money

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyone’s life upside down. Some people are losing their jobs. Businesses are having to shut down, putting many at risk of permanently closing. But one thing hasn’t changed: child support payments must still be made. And that leaves payors in a potentially impossible position. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 1:53 PM

LSO launches emergency family referral line during COVID-19

As of March 24, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) launched an emergency family law referral telephone line to “provide assistance to people who are self-represented (SRLs) and who are trying to determine whether or not their family court matter meets the criteria to be heard by the court on an ‘urgent’ basis and, if so, how to proceed in making their request.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 1:50 PM

Legal Aid Ontario bolsters telephone, online help resources

As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is working to offer more resources to clients through the telephone and online. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 12:43 PM

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench enhances e-mail filing system

Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench announced that an enhanced e-mail filing system for court documents for all of its judicial centres is now available to the province’s lawyers. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 10:40 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 4:38 PM

COVID-19 relief bill gets royal assent; wage subsidies boosted to $52 billion from $27 billion  Bill Morneau

After hours of negotiations between the Trudeau government and opposition parties, the House of Commons and Senate passed on March 25 (with significant changes from its initial draft form) the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:33 PM

Stepping up for Ontario’s families | AJ Jakubowska

As we come to terms with the outbreak of COVID-19, it is important to be hopeful. Today, hope provides important balance to the openly apparent but also underlying sense of uncertainty, and even anxiety, so many Ontarians are facing. Yet hope must be accompanied by action. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 3:12 PM

Ontario suspends limitation periods, directs bar to serve documents via e-mail

On March 20 an order-in-council was made under s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods in Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 11:02 AM

Making sense of shifting COVID-19 immigration laws | Ravi Jain

Immigration lawyers have been grappling with a flurry of new rules relating to COVID-19. There have been Transport Canada announcements as per the Aeronautics Act, Program Delivery Instructions and “Special Instructions” by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC), pronouncements by the minister of public safety, the deputy prime minister and even the prime minister. There has been a travel ban and then exceptions to the travel ban. There have been orders-in-council amending earlier versions of the same and also amendments to the Regulations to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 9:50 AM

Alberta courts urge public to avoid courthouses

To protect the health and safety of staff, court users and the community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta courts are asking that, until further notice, members of the public not visit the courthouses in the province. Instead, only those persons necessary to court proceedings should attend at the courthouses. Those necessary are counsel, litigants and members of the media. ... [read more]