Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Civil and Family Court)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Civil and Family Court)
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List)
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/edelivery-scj/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/edelivery-scj/
Last amended
July 1, 2014
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted
  • Application records
  • Motion records
  • Affidavits
  • Books of authorities
  • Factums
  • Cost outlines
  • Transcripts
Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in Word format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • CD/USB
Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

6MB

Submission instructions

It is anticipated that in most circumstances judges will ask counsel to provide them with electronic copies of documents on a USB key or CD ROM. Where such a request is made by the judge, counsel should deliver the materials to the judge through the Commercial List Office. The USB key or CD ROM should be accompanied by a covering letter which identifies the materials contained on the USB key or CD ROM.

  1. USB Key: In the cover letter include a list of the files contained on the USB key, along with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. If possible, label the key with the short style of cause and the Court File #.
  2. CD ROM: Label the CD ROM with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. Include a list of the files contained on the CD in a cover letter.
  3. In cases where the judge has requested counsel to deliver the electronic copies by email, the cover email should include the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s), Party Name and type of filing. A list of the email attachments is to be included in the body of the email.
Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Sections 841-844, Criminal Code of Canada

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court)
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/notice-div-ct-june-2020/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/notice-div-ct-june-2020/
Last amended
June 29, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in both Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • Dropbox

Submission method - additional info

Where possible, all documents should be uploaded by the parties to a drop box with a link and instructions on how to access the documents delivered to the court by email at the following address: scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Documents should be labelled in a manner that identifies them clearly for the panel so that it is not necessary to open the document to understand what it is. Pages should be numbered sequentially within each pdf.  


If this is not practical, given the current state of the documents, then individual documents should be uploaded to a drop box in pdf form, so that each document is clearly labelled, enabling the panel to find document quickly.

Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-onlinehttps://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-online
Last amended
July 27, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel
Acceptable formats - additional info

Claims must be uploaded in PDF format. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the formats listed.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").


Claims must not be larger than 5MB. Supporting documents may be up to 10MB, but the total size of attachments must not exceed 20MB.

Paper copies required?
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information

You must have an account with Service Ontario to file a claim online.


You can amend your claim online at any time before it is served on a defendant.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Civil and Family Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/edelivery-scj/
Last amended
July 1, 2014
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted
  • Application records
  • Motion records
  • Affidavits
  • Books of authorities
  • Factums
  • Cost outlines
  • Transcripts
Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in Word format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • CD/USB
Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

6MB

Submission instructions

It is anticipated that in most circumstances judges will ask counsel to provide them with electronic copies of documents on a USB key or CD ROM. Where such a request is made by the judge, counsel should deliver the materials to the judge through the Commercial List Office. The USB key or CD ROM should be accompanied by a covering letter which identifies the materials contained on the USB key or CD ROM.

  1. USB Key: In the cover letter include a list of the files contained on the USB key, along with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. If possible, label the key with the short style of cause and the Court File #.
  2. CD ROM: Label the CD ROM with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. Include a list of the files contained on the CD in a cover letter.
  3. In cases where the judge has requested counsel to deliver the electronic copies by email, the cover email should include the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s), Party Name and type of filing. A list of the email attachments is to be included in the body of the email.
Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Sections 841-844, Criminal Code of Canada

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/notice-div-ct-june-2020/
Last amended
June 29, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in both Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • Dropbox

Submission method - additional info

Where possible, all documents should be uploaded by the parties to a drop box with a link and instructions on how to access the documents delivered to the court by email at the following address: scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Documents should be labelled in a manner that identifies them clearly for the panel so that it is not necessary to open the document to understand what it is. Pages should be numbered sequentially within each pdf.  


If this is not practical, given the current state of the documents, then individual documents should be uploaded to a drop box in pdf form, so that each document is clearly labelled, enabling the panel to find document quickly.

Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-online
Last amended
July 27, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel
Acceptable formats - additional info

Claims must be uploaded in PDF format. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the formats listed.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").


Claims must not be larger than 5MB. Supporting documents may be up to 10MB, but the total size of attachments must not exceed 20MB.

Paper copies required?
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information

You must have an account with Service Ontario to file a claim online.


You can amend your claim online at any time before it is served on a defendant.

Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Civil and Family Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/edelivery-scj/
Last amended
July 1, 2014
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted
  • Application records
  • Motion records
  • Affidavits
  • Books of authorities
  • Factums
  • Cost outlines
  • Transcripts
Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in Word format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • CD/USB
Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

6MB

Submission instructions

It is anticipated that in most circumstances judges will ask counsel to provide them with electronic copies of documents on a USB key or CD ROM. Where such a request is made by the judge, counsel should deliver the materials to the judge through the Commercial List Office. The USB key or CD ROM should be accompanied by a covering letter which identifies the materials contained on the USB key or CD ROM.

  1. USB Key: In the cover letter include a list of the files contained on the USB key, along with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. If possible, label the key with the short style of cause and the Court File #.
  2. CD ROM: Label the CD ROM with the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s) and Party Name. Include a list of the files contained on the CD in a cover letter.
  3. In cases where the judge has requested counsel to deliver the electronic copies by email, the cover email should include the title of proceedings, Court File #, Counsel Name(s), Party Name and type of filing. A list of the email attachments is to be included in the body of the email.
Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/consolidated-notice/
Last amended
May 13, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Sections 841-844, Criminal Code of Canada

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)

PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info
Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Email

Submission method - additional info

Email addresses for filing are region-specific; see regional notices

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

To ensure the email is received and processed by the appropriate court office, the subject line should include the following information:

  • LEVEL OF COURT (SCJ)
  • TYPE OF MATTER (Criminal, Family, Civil, Commercial List, Estates)
  • FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  • TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Motion, Conference Brief, Other Request)

The body of the email should include the following information if applicable:

  1. court file number (if it is an existing file)
  2. short title of proceeding
  3. list of documents attached
  4. type of request
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer, representative, party, etc.,) and contact information of person submitting the request (LSO #, email and phone number)
Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/notices-and-orders-covid-19/notice-div-ct-june-2020/
Last amended
June 29, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
Acceptable formats - additional info

Factums must be in both Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method
  • Email
  • Dropbox

Submission method - additional info

Where possible, all documents should be uploaded by the parties to a drop box with a link and instructions on how to access the documents delivered to the court by email at the following address: scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Documents should be labelled in a manner that identifies them clearly for the panel so that it is not necessary to open the document to understand what it is. Pages should be numbered sequentially within each pdf.  


If this is not practical, given the current state of the documents, then individual documents should be uploaded to a drop box in pdf form, so that each document is clearly labelled, enabling the panel to find document quickly.

Paper copies required?
Sometimes
Paper copies - additional info

Must be filed once regular court operations resume

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontario.ca/page/file-small-claims-online
Last amended
July 27, 2020
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

All

Acceptable format(s)
  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel
Acceptable formats - additional info

Claims must be uploaded in PDF format. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the formats listed.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Signatures - additional info
Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").


Claims must not be larger than 5MB. Supporting documents may be up to 10MB, but the total size of attachments must not exceed 20MB.

Paper copies required?
Paper copies - additional info
Additional information

You must have an account with Service Ontario to file a claim online.


You can amend your claim online at any time before it is served on a defendant.

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