Upcoming changes to the SCC leave process

Starting January 27, 2021, new amendments to the Supreme Court of Canada rules will apply to all cases, including filings in any ongoing cases. These changes are meant to help simplify the leave process. Applications will now consist of the notice of application, lower court decisions and memorandum of argument only. It will also allow for easier electronic filing, with reduced print copies needed.

The SCC website has provided an online guide to help explain these changes. The guidelines and forms have also been updated with these new procedures.

For full details, see the notice to the profession on the SCC website.

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New Queen’s Bench Practice Direction

December 14, 2020 – Family Division Case Flow Model Practice Issues

This direction is meant to help clarify any confusion around Family Division proceedings.

Attached is a table which designates:

1. Those proceedings that are included in the New Case Flow Model;

2. Those proceedings which are excluded;

3. The proper procedure to be followed for each proceeding; and

4. The applicable Queen’s Bench Rule(s) and form for each proceeding.

Queen’s Bench Scheduling Protocols Practice Direction

Adjustments to Current Scheduling Protocols – January 11 to 29, 2021, Video Conference Civil Trials and the Continuation of Other Remote Services (general division)

… “[T]he Court’s scheduling protocols as announced in the December 3rd Notice will now also extend and apply to the period of January 11 to 29, 2021.”

… “[C]ommencing Monday, February 1, 2021, where there are counsel representing all parties, all civil trials already scheduled are to be viewed as presumptively proceeding by video hearing”.

Provincial Court Rescheduling Notices

The Provinical Court has posted three new notices regarding ongoing rescheduling and suspension of court matters. See notices for full details.

Further Suspension and Restriction of Hearings Return to Sitting for Some Trials and Special Sittings in Certain Circuits (December 30, 2020)

Suspension of Court Sittings due to COVID-19 (December 30, 2020)

Rescheduling of Winnipeg Adult and Youth Out of Custody Matters due to COVID-19 (Winnipeg Centre) (December 30, 2020)