Ontario Superior Court of Justice

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Civil and Family Court
Civil and Family Court
Currency date
April 16, 2021
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
April 9, 2021
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.

Family court documents relating to a simple or joint divorce may continue to be filed electronically by using the Ministry’s Family Claims Online Portal in accordance with the Family Law Rules.

 

If CaseLines is not yet available in the region, counsel and parties are asked to upload copies of orders and endorsements via Family Submissions Online so that they can be accessed for upcoming events. 

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

Where materials are filed by email, the materials must be filed in paper format when regular court operations resume.

Additional information
Commercial List
Commercial List
Currency date
April 16, 2021
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
March 15, 2021
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

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Submission method

Online Platform

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit
Submission instructions

In Commercial and Estates List proceedings that require documents to be submitted to the court:

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

Criminal Court
Criminal Court
Currency date
April 16, 2021
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Required
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/criminal/
Last amended
August 12, 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

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Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info

An electronic signature consists of electronic information that identifies the signatory and the date and place of signing. Any reference to a signature in the Criminal Proceedings Rules is to be interpreted and considered amended in accordance with this section.

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

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Additional information
Divisional Court
Divisional Court
Currency date
April 16, 2021
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
February 18, 2021
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

The indexes to all records should include bookmarks. Factums should contain hyperlinks to authorities and to the records.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

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Submission method

Upload documents to CaseLines or a document sharing platform

 

Then send documents by email to scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca

Submission method - additional info

The re line in the email is to include the following: “FOR FILING – Case name –File No. – Date of hearing”.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Unless the Court approves an expedited or modified schedule, all materials are to be uploaded at least four weeks before the hearing date.

 

Document names must set out:

  • the document type,
  • the type of party submitting the document,
  • the name of the party submitting the document,
  • and the date on which the document was created or signed, in the format DD-MMM-YYYY
Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

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Additional information
Small Claims Court
Small Claims Court
Currency date
April 16, 2021
Jurisdiction
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Strongly Encouraged
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
Last amended
March 15, 2021
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

You can file most Small Claims Court documents online, with the following exceptions:

  • Requests for an urgent hearing
  • Documents for a court date that is five business days or less away (for example, if your court date is on Tuesday, January 9, you cannot submit documents online after Monday, January 1)
  • Documents you need to file to meet a deadline established by legislation or other court rules, court practice direction, or a court order, that is five business days or less away
Acceptable format(s)

For the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel

For the Small Claims Court Submissions Online Portal: PDF

For documents filed by email: PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info

E-Filing Service Portal: Claims must be uploaded in PDF format with Optical Character Recognition enabled. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the other formats listed.

Court Submissions Online and Email: PDF documents must have Optical Character Recognition enabled.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info

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Submission method

Use the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal to file:

  • Plaintiff’s Claim
  • Amended Plaintiff’s Claim

Most other Small Claims Court documents can be filed through the Small Claims Court Submissions Online portal.

If your court date or submission deadline is five days or fewer away, the Small Claims Court will accept the documents by e-mail at the specific e-mail addresses indicated on the Email Accounts for Small Claims Court Locations page.

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

Court Submissions Online: The portal will only accept documents smaller than 10MB.

Email: The size of each email, including attachments, must not exceed 35MB.

Submission instructions

All court documents should be saved with file names that reflect:

  1. document type (e.g., Affidavit)
  2. type of party submitting the document (e.g., Defendant or Plaintiff)
  3. name of the party submitting the document (including initials if the name is not unique to the case)
  4. date when the document was created or signed (DD-MMM-YYYY)

Ex. Affidavit–Defendant–DoeJA–03-MAR-2021

E-Filing Service Portal and Court Submissions Online: File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").

Documents filed by email:

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

  1. LEVEL OF COURT (SCC)
  2. TYPE OF MATTER (Small Claims Court)
  3. FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  4. TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Defence, Notice of Discontinued Claim, etc.)

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 (note: attachments cannot exceed 35 MB)
  4. type of request (filing or hearing request)
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer/representative, party, etc.,) and contact information (i.e. email address) of all parties.


Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info

Where representatives and parties deliver materials by email, subject to direction from the Court, they undertake to file the same materials in paper format, and pay the requisite filing fee, at the court when regular court operations resume.

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
April 9, 2021
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.

Family court documents relating to a simple or joint divorce may continue to be filed electronically by using the Ministry’s Family Claims Online Portal in accordance with the Family Law Rules.

 

If CaseLines is not yet available in the region, counsel and parties are asked to upload copies of orders and endorsements via Family Submissions Online so that they can be accessed for upcoming events. 

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

Where materials are filed by email, the materials must be filed in paper format when 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
March 15, 2021
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

In Commercial and Estates List proceedings that require documents to be submitted to the court:

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
August 12, 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

An electronic signature consists of electronic information that identifies the signatory and the date and place of signing. Any reference to a signature in the Criminal Proceedings Rules is to be interpreted and considered amended in accordance with this section.

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
February 18, 2021
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

The indexes to all records should include bookmarks. Factums should contain hyperlinks to authorities and to the records.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Upload documents to CaseLines or a document sharing platform

 

Then send documents by email to scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca

Submission method - additional info

The re line in the email is to include the following: “FOR FILING – Case name –File No. – Date of hearing”.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Unless the Court approves an expedited or modified schedule, all materials are to be uploaded at least four weeks before the hearing date.

 

Document names must set out:

  • the document type,
  • the type of party submitting the document,
  • the name of the party submitting the document,
  • and the date on which the document was created or signed, in the format DD-MMM-YYYY
Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Strongly Encouraged
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
Last amended
March 15, 2021
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

You can file most Small Claims Court documents online, with the following exceptions:

  • Requests for an urgent hearing
  • Documents for a court date that is five business days or less away (for example, if your court date is on Tuesday, January 9, you cannot submit documents online after Monday, January 1)
  • Documents you need to file to meet a deadline established by legislation or other court rules, court practice direction, or a court order, that is five business days or less away
Acceptable format(s)

For the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel

For the Small Claims Court Submissions Online Portal: PDF

For documents filed by email: PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info

E-Filing Service Portal: Claims must be uploaded in PDF format with Optical Character Recognition enabled. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the other formats listed.

Court Submissions Online and Email: PDF documents must have Optical Character Recognition enabled.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Use the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal to file:

  • Plaintiff’s Claim
  • Amended Plaintiff’s Claim

Most other Small Claims Court documents can be filed through the Small Claims Court Submissions Online portal.

If your court date or submission deadline is five days or fewer away, the Small Claims Court will accept the documents by e-mail at the specific e-mail addresses indicated on the Email Accounts for Small Claims Court Locations page.

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

Court Submissions Online: The portal will only accept documents smaller than 10MB.

Email: The size of each email, including attachments, must not exceed 35MB.

Submission instructions

All court documents should be saved with file names that reflect:

  1. document type (e.g., Affidavit)
  2. type of party submitting the document (e.g., Defendant or Plaintiff)
  3. name of the party submitting the document (including initials if the name is not unique to the case)
  4. date when the document was created or signed (DD-MMM-YYYY)

Ex. Affidavit–Defendant–DoeJA–03-MAR-2021

E-Filing Service Portal and Court Submissions Online: File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").

Documents filed by email:

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

  1. LEVEL OF COURT (SCC)
  2. TYPE OF MATTER (Small Claims Court)
  3. FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  4. TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Defence, Notice of Discontinued Claim, etc.)

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 (note: attachments cannot exceed 35 MB)
  4. type of request (filing or hearing request)
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer/representative, party, etc.,) and contact information (i.e. email address) of all parties.


Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info

Where representatives and parties deliver materials by email, subject to direction from the Court, they undertake to file the same materials in paper format, and pay the requisite filing fee, at the court when regular court operations resume.

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
April 9, 2021
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.

Family court documents relating to a simple or joint divorce may continue to be filed electronically by using the Ministry’s Family Claims Online Portal in accordance with the Family Law Rules.

 

If CaseLines is not yet available in the region, counsel and parties are asked to upload copies of orders and endorsements via Family Submissions Online so that they can be accessed for upcoming events. 

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

Where materials are filed by email, the materials must be filed in paper format when 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
March 15, 2021
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

In Commercial and Estates List proceedings that require documents to be submitted to the court:

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
August 12, 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

An electronic signature consists of electronic information that identifies the signatory and the date and place of signing. Any reference to a signature in the Criminal Proceedings Rules is to be interpreted and considered amended in accordance with this section.

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
February 18, 2021
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

The indexes to all records should include bookmarks. Factums should contain hyperlinks to authorities and to the records.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Unavailable
Signatures - additional info

---

Submission method

Upload documents to CaseLines or a document sharing platform

 

Then send documents by email to scj-csj.divcourtmail@ontario.ca

Submission method - additional info

The re line in the email is to include the following: “FOR FILING – Case name –File No. – Date of hearing”.

Attachment size limit

35MB

Submission instructions

Unless the Court approves an expedited or modified schedule, all materials are to be uploaded at least four weeks before the hearing date.

 

Document names must set out:

  • the document type,
  • the type of party submitting the document,
  • the name of the party submitting the document,
  • and the date on which the document was created or signed, in the format DD-MMM-YYYY
Paper copies required?
Unavailable
Paper copies - additional info

---

Additional information
Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court)
Province
Ontario
E-filing requirement level
Strongly Encouraged
Explanatory web page
https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/small-claims-court/
Last amended
March 15, 2021
Rule Basis (citation)

Rule 4.05(4.1), Rules of Civil Procedure

Associated practice directive(s)
Documents accepted

You can file most Small Claims Court documents online, with the following exceptions:

  • Requests for an urgent hearing
  • Documents for a court date that is five business days or less away (for example, if your court date is on Tuesday, January 9, you cannot submit documents online after Monday, January 1)
  • Documents you need to file to meet a deadline established by legislation or other court rules, court practice direction, or a court order, that is five business days or less away
Acceptable format(s)

For the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal:

  • PDF
  • Word
  • JPEG
  • Excel

For the Small Claims Court Submissions Online Portal: PDF

For documents filed by email: PDF

Acceptable formats - additional info

E-Filing Service Portal: Claims must be uploaded in PDF format with Optical Character Recognition enabled. Supporting documents may be uploaded in any of the other formats listed.

Court Submissions Online and Email: PDF documents must have Optical Character Recognition enabled.

Electronic signatures accepted?
Yes
Signatures - additional info

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Submission method

Use the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal to file:

  • Plaintiff’s Claim
  • Amended Plaintiff’s Claim

Most other Small Claims Court documents can be filed through the Small Claims Court Submissions Online portal.

If your court date or submission deadline is five days or fewer away, the Small Claims Court will accept the documents by e-mail at the specific e-mail addresses indicated on the Email Accounts for Small Claims Court Locations page.

Submission method - additional info
Attachment size limit

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

Court Submissions Online: The portal will only accept documents smaller than 10MB.

Email: The size of each email, including attachments, must not exceed 35MB.

Submission instructions

All court documents should be saved with file names that reflect:

  1. document type (e.g., Affidavit)
  2. type of party submitting the document (e.g., Defendant or Plaintiff)
  3. name of the party submitting the document (including initials if the name is not unique to the case)
  4. date when the document was created or signed (DD-MMM-YYYY)

Ex. Affidavit–Defendant–DoeJA–03-MAR-2021

E-Filing Service Portal and Court Submissions Online: File names may only contain letters and numbers and cannot exceed 30 characters in length including the extension (e.g., “pdf" or "jpg").

Documents filed by email:

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

  1. LEVEL OF COURT (SCC)
  2. TYPE OF MATTER (Small Claims Court)
  3. FILE NUMBER (indicate NEW if no court file number exists)
  4. TYPE OF DOCUMENT (e.g., Defence, Notice of Discontinued Claim, etc.)

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 (note: attachments cannot exceed 35 MB)
  4. type of request (filing or hearing request)
  5. name, role (i.e. lawyer/representative, party, etc.,) and contact information (i.e. email address) of all parties.


Paper copies required?
Yes
Paper copies - additional info

Where representatives and parties deliver materials by email, subject to direction from the Court, they undertake to file the same materials in paper format, and pay the requisite filing fee, at the court when regular court operations resume.

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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