Ontario Superior Court of Justice

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Civil and Family Court
Civil and Family Court
Currency date
October 7, 2020
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
October 6, 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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

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Submission method
  • Email
  • Online Platform
Submission method - additional info

Wherever possible, parties should file their documents through the Civil Submissions Online Portal

or the Family Submissions Online Portal.

Documents can still be filed by email in the following circumstances:

  • For matters that are urgent, including requests for an urgent hearing;
  • Documents that must be filed for a court date that is no more than 5 business days away; and,
  • Documents that must be filed for a deadline that is no more than 5 business days away.

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

Attachment size limit

35MB (Email only)

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
Commercial List
Commercial List
Currency date
September 4, 2020
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/toronto/commercial/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/toronto/commercial/
Last amended
August 14, 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

PDFs must have Optical Character Recognition enabled

Factums must be submitted in Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

Effective immediately, all proceedings that require any material to be filed to the court shall be filed by:

  • first, filing the materials through the Civil Submissions Online portal; and
  • second, establishing a storage space on sync.com that is unique to the case, and uploading the materials there.

Materials should be uploaded to the sync.com storage space only after they have been accepted for filing through the Civil Submissions Online portal.

As soon as the moving party uploads its motion record to the sync.com location, it shall provide a link to the storage space to all opposing parties so they can access the moving parties’ material and upload their own.

The sync.com site shall contain a separate folder for material filed by each participating party. Each folder will be labelled with the filing party’s name only. Parties may upload material to their own folder only and may not alter any material uploaded by any other party.

The moving party will provide the judge hearing the matter and the Commercial/Estates List office with a link to the sync.com file site 48 hours before the hearing.

Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info

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Additional information

This process will replace sending materials to the judge and the Commercial List office by email.

See O. Reg. 293/92: Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal Fees

Criminal Court
Criminal Court
Currency date
September 4, 2020
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/
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
Divisional Court
Divisional Court
Currency date
September 4, 2020
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/divisional-court/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/divisional-court/
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?
Unavailable
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
Small Claims Court
Small Claims Court
Currency date
September 4, 2020
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Optional
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

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").


Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information

See O. Reg. 332/16: Small Claims Court Fees and Allowances

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
October 6, 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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method
  • Email
  • Online Platform
Submission method - additional info

Wherever possible, parties should file their documents through the Civil Submissions Online Portal

or the Family Submissions Online Portal.

Documents can still be filed by email in the following circumstances:

  • For matters that are urgent, including requests for an urgent hearing;
  • Documents that must be filed for a court date that is no more than 5 business days away; and,
  • Documents that must be filed for a deadline that is no more than 5 business days away.

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

Attachment size limit

35MB (Email only)

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
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/toronto/commercial/
Last amended
August 14, 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

PDFs must have Optical Character Recognition enabled

Factums must be submitted in Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

Effective immediately, all proceedings that require any material to be filed to the court shall be filed by:

  • first, filing the materials through the Civil Submissions Online portal; and
  • second, establishing a storage space on sync.com that is unique to the case, and uploading the materials there.

Materials should be uploaded to the sync.com storage space only after they have been accepted for filing through the Civil Submissions Online portal.

As soon as the moving party uploads its motion record to the sync.com location, it shall provide a link to the storage space to all opposing parties so they can access the moving parties’ material and upload their own.

The sync.com site shall contain a separate folder for material filed by each participating party. Each folder will be labelled with the filing party’s name only. Parties may upload material to their own folder only and may not alter any material uploaded by any other party.

The moving party will provide the judge hearing the matter and the Commercial/Estates List office with a link to the sync.com file site 48 hours before the hearing.

Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information

This process will replace sending materials to the judge and the Commercial List office by email.

See O. Reg. 293/92: Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal Fees

Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/
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/divisional-court/
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?
Unavailable
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.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

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").


Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information

See O. Reg. 332/16: Small Claims Court Fees and Allowances

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
October 6, 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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method
  • Email
  • Online Platform
Submission method - additional info

Wherever possible, parties should file their documents through the Civil Submissions Online Portal

or the Family Submissions Online Portal.

Documents can still be filed by email in the following circumstances:

  • For matters that are urgent, including requests for an urgent hearing;
  • Documents that must be filed for a court date that is no more than 5 business days away; and,
  • Documents that must be filed for a deadline that is no more than 5 business days away.

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

Attachment size limit

35MB (Email only)

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
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/practice/practice-directions/toronto/commercial/
Last amended
August 14, 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

PDFs must have Optical Character Recognition enabled

Factums must be submitted in Word and PDF format

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

Effective immediately, all proceedings that require any material to be filed to the court shall be filed by:

  • first, filing the materials through the Civil Submissions Online portal; and
  • second, establishing a storage space on sync.com that is unique to the case, and uploading the materials there.

Materials should be uploaded to the sync.com storage space only after they have been accepted for filing through the Civil Submissions Online portal.

As soon as the moving party uploads its motion record to the sync.com location, it shall provide a link to the storage space to all opposing parties so they can access the moving parties’ material and upload their own.

The sync.com site shall contain a separate folder for material filed by each participating party. Each folder will be labelled with the filing party’s name only. Parties may upload material to their own folder only and may not alter any material uploaded by any other party.

The moving party will provide the judge hearing the matter and the Commercial/Estates List office with a link to the sync.com file site 48 hours before the hearing.

Paper copies required?
No
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information

This process will replace sending materials to the judge and the Commercial List office by email.

See O. Reg. 293/92: Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal Fees

Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Criminal Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/
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/divisional-court/
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?
Unavailable
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.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
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?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

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").


Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information

See O. Reg. 332/16: Small Claims Court Fees and Allowances

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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