Courts and COVID-19

 

Many people are inquiring about what to do with a scheduled court date now that the courts are operating so differently due to COVID-19.

Courts are mainly dealing with issues that are deemed urgent. Whether or not your issue is urgent is assessed on a case by case situation. Issues that are deemed urgent are heard by a judge via a telephone or video conference.

Some examples of potential urgent issues are:

• Urgent issues with access and custody
• Hague applications
• Issues regarding the matrimonial home
• Child protection cases

 

What if your matter is not urgent? What do you do in the meantime until as the courts sort out when to go back to a regular schedule? These are all important questions.

 

Many people are guessing that the courts will be very busy when they open again. In an article “COVID-19: Veteran lawyers fear ‘huge chaos’ once courts open again” is anticipating a large backup of cases in an already overburdened system. The article also speaks to the technological advances that have been introduced due to COVID-19. Many believe these new technologies will be part of a new court system.

 

Steps to Justice – Your Guide to Law in Ontario is a resource to answer your questions related to current law and COVID-19. If you have a court date that has been rescheduled or you are confused about how to proceed with your case it is always a good idea to reach out to a lawyer for clarification.

 

Contact us anytime at SMP Law to help SiMPlify your legal matter at 905-565-9494 or email info@smplaw.ca if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to meet and discuss your situation and how we can help.

 

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Bruineman, Marg. April 30, 2020. COVID-19: Veteran lawyer fear ‘huge chaos’ once courts open again. Timminstoday.com.

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Regarding Covid-19:

Our office remains open remotely and is available to assist you by videoconference, phone, and email. Since the Covid-19 closures, SMP Law has assisted our clients with four urgent court matters and continues to have court attendances on motions that the courts have deemed urgent.

At SMP Law, we take the health and safety of our staff and clients as the highest priority. While we recognize the importance of social distancing at this time, we also recognize the importance of continuing to provide you with legal services during the time.  Please contact us at 905-565-9494 or info@smplaw.ca for any questions regarding your legal matter.