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  • 15 Jun 2020 10:24 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    In an effort to keep real estate lawyers updated with the ever-changing situation, we have further information to be shared with the real estate lawyers in your association. 

    RBC Accepting Mortgage Discharges by Wire

    Hurray! We understand that RBC has rolled out a new procedure for personal mortgage payout request effective June 15, 2020. We hope this means that our messaging to the banks has been working and that more banks will follow.  Here are the RBC details: 

    Effective June 15 - to support COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, our Personal Mortgage and Homeline Plan Payout team is introducing a digital alternative to a cheque or draft.

    Lawyers can now contact the Payout Statement Phone Team (1-800-974-1163) to send a wire payment instead of mailing/dropping-off a cheque or draft

    Lawyer Process:  

    The Payout Statement Phone team will provide lawyers with a password protected e-mail using Secure Webmail with:

    • Incoming wire instructions for Transit 08943 (excluding Quebec) 
    • Payout and discharge instructions

    The lawyer will need to reply via secured e-mail with the following documents: 

    • Wire Confirmation 
    • Payout Statement 
    • Payout and discharge instructions (same letter that would normally accompany your cheque) 
    • Form C (British Columbia only)

    Virtual Commissioning 

     We had a very positive meeting with the Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Consumer and Government Services staff on June 10, 2020 regarding virtual commissioning and virtual notarization.  A copy of our written submissions are available on the FOLA website here

    If and when we receive further information of interest to the real estate bar, we will pass it along.  

    Stay up to date with FOLA’s real estate information at https://fola.ca/real-estate-law

    Merredith MacLennan and Eldon Horner

    FOLA Real Estate Co-Chairs

  • 8 Jun 2020 8:54 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    From the Federation of Ontario Law Associations:

    Below is an email from FOLA’s Board Chair, William Woodward.  Please share this with your members.

    Late Friday evening, FOLA received an very time sensitive request from Attorney General Doug Downey requesting our input and perspective on a potential amendment to the Courts of Justice Act regarding the availability of civil juries. (See letter attached.)

    You may recall that the AG recently made changes to remove the availability of jury trials in simplified procedure cases started under Rule 76 of the Rules of Civil Procedure. However, Ontario is one of the last Canadian jurisdictions to allow civil jury trials for most other civil matters, as of right.

    Due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic, the demands on the system will continue to evolve quickly as we begin to see the province reopening in stages. To address these changes, the AG and the government will continue to act on the guidance of public health experts, and have expressed a commitment to continue to work together to develop new ways of conducting matters. 

    Currently, section 108 of the Courts of Justice Act permits a jury of six persons to assess damages and/or decide issues of fact in civil actions, except where prohibited by statute. Certain other statutes provide a judge with authority to direct that an action be brought, or an issue be tried, with a jury in a trial under the act, or set out the responsibilities of the jury where a jury trial is held under the act. (See attached Appendix A to this letter for further details.)

    Specifically, the AG  is considering an amendment to the Courts of Justice Act to eliminate some or all civil jury trials and would like your thoughts on the following related questions:

    1.             Should civil juries be eliminated altogether? or

    2.             If civil jury trials were to be eliminated, are there certain action types that should be exempt? Please specify any action types that in your view should continue to have jury trials available, and the reasons for your view. 

    The AG has requested our submission by Monday, June 15th.  As such, if you wish to contribute your comments for our consideration, please send us your comments NO LATER THAN THURSDAY AT 5:00pm.  Please direct your comments to Katie Robinette at katie.robinette@fola.ca

    If your Association would like to submit your own comments, please prepare a written submission and direct it to Ms. Amanda Iarusso, Director of Policy and Legal Affairs, by email at amanda.iarusso@ontario.ca no later than Monday, June 15, 2020.    

  • 8 Jun 2020 8:50 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    Update On Court Reopening 

     

    As no trials or preliminary hearings will be conducted until July 6, 2020 at the earliest,  there is still no clear position on when and how courts will "re-open".  Discussions, plans, preparations and tests are underway with numerous options and possibilities being considered to get back to regular court operations.  These ideas include remotely conducting aspects of trials where parties consent, installation of plexiglass where appropriate, addressing washroom and elevator usage and interior air quality, use of trailers or larger offsite facilities.  There are numerous and significant issues under consideration.  A test run/walk through of an open courthouse format is scheduled to be conducted in Brampton this week.

     

    The Criminal Lawyers Association was fortunate to have the benefit of presentations last week from the Attorney General Doug Downey, and SCJ Chief Justice Morawetz and OCJ Chief Justice Maisonneuve in a virtual town hall setting.  We all anxiously await updates and the resumption of full court operations,  including the conduct of trials and will update the membership accordingly. 


    Crown Assignments Week of June 8, 2020

    Monday June 8

    202P – Brad Bradley.Juriansz@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Thompson Thompson.Hamilton@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Samantha Samantha.Peterson2@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Rob Scott Robert.Scott@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Sham Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

    Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Amy Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

     

    Tuesday June 9

    202P – Rob de Chellis Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Melissa Melissa.Henry@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Neil Anil.Singh2@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Gemma - gemma.sang@ontario.ca

     Jeff - Jeffrey.Costain1@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Lesley Lesley.Pasquino@ontario.ca

     

    Wednesday June 10

    202P - Ivana Ivana.Denisov@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Greg Greg.J.Elder@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Kevin Kevin.Stewart@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Michelle Michelle.Rumble@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Brian Brian.McCallion@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Gemma - gemma.sang@ontario.ca

     Jeff - Jeffrey.Costain1@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Amy Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

     

     Thursday June 11

    202P – Rob de Chellis Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Michael Demczur Michael.Demczur@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Erin Erin.Rizok2@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Sham  Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

    Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Lesley Lesley.Pasquino@ontario.ca

     

     Friday June 12

    202P - Samantha Samantha.Peterson2@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Philip Philip.Hsiung@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Thompson Thompson.Hamilton@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Melissa Melissa.Henry@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Gemma - gemma.sang@ontario.ca

    Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Amy Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

     

    Courtroom Call In Information:

    Tel. 416-212-8012 866-633-0848

    100 Intake/Other matters  #4942812

    103 Bail #4674204

    104 Bail #6532049  

    200 Remand/Plea #5467574  

    201 Remand/Plea #9851321

    Sincerely, Norman PanzicaYork Director,  Criminal Lawyers Association

  • 4 Jun 2020 1:01 PM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

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  • 4 Jun 2020 12:01 PM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    The Updated Notice Regarding the Suspension of Small Claims Court Operations (June 2, 2020) is available on this website under Court Info/Forms > Notices/Forms Civil.

  • 4 Jun 2020 11:47 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    See new practice notification re new applications and motions to change from Justice Michelle Fuerst under Court Info/Forms > Notices/Forms Family

  • 1 Jun 2020 10:44 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    NOTE FROM CROWN ATTORNEY OFFICE 

    Bail variations

    Counsel are asked to send bail variation requests to the Duty Crown or the assigned Crown – not the bail vettor. 

     Contested Bail Hearings

    Counsel conducting contested bail matters are asked, if possible,  would also be helpful if counsel running to send their surety info and materials to the assigned Crown or the bail vettor well in advance, rather than a few minutes before the hearing starts or during the hearing. 


    Courtroom Call In Information:

    Tel. 416-212-8012  866-633-0848

    100 Intake/Other matters  #4942812

    103 Bail #4674204

    104 Bail #6532049  

    200 Remand/Plea #5467574  

    201 Remand/Plea #9851321

     

    Crown Assignments/Contact Info- Week of June 1, 2020

     Monday June 1

    202P – Rob DC Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Jeff Jeffrey.Costain1@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Michelle Michelle.Rumble@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Ivana Ivana.Denisov@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors –  Leeanne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

     Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown-  Amy  Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

     

    Tuesday June 2

    202P – Brad Bradley.Juriansz@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Thompson Thompson.Hamilton@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Martin Martin.Dionne@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors –  Sham  Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

    Leeanne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Lesley Lesley.Pasquino@ontario.ca

     

    Wednesday June 3

    202P - Greg Greg.J.Elder@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Samantha Samantha.Peterson2@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Erin Erin.Rizok2@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Kevin Kevin.Stewart@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Neil Anil.Singh2@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Sham Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Gemma  gemma.sang@ontario.ca

     

    Thursday June 4

    202P - RDC  Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Brian Brian.McCallion@ontario.ca

     201 Court (judge) – Melissa Melissa.Henry@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors –  Leeanne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

     Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Amy Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

     

    Friday June 5

    202P - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Philip Philip.Hsiung@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Michael Demczur Michael.Demczur@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Michael Ventola Michael.Ventola@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Samantha Samantha.Peterson2@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors –  Sham Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

     Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca 

    Remote Duty Crown – Lesley Lesley.Pasquino@ontario.ca


    Sincerely 

     

    Norman Panzica 

    York Director, Criminal Lawyers Association 


     

  • 27 May 2020 2:12 PM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    Please find attached, a copy of this week’s Sector Call Report.  You can also find it (and past Reports) on our website here.  Please do share with your members.

    Katie W. Robinette, Executive Director, FOLA.ca

    Need answers to COVID-19 issues regarding the practice of law?  CLICK HERE.

  • 25 May 2020 11:01 AM | York Region Law Association (Administrator)

    New OCJ Remand Protocol Effective May 25, 2020

    The Ontario Court of Justice has released a new remand Protocol effective today.  Essentially, matters will continue to be adjourned 10 weeks from the current date.

    The protocol applies to current court dates between May 25, 2020 and July 3, 2020.  I have attached a link to the directive:

    https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/criminal-list-adjournment/

    Taking Of DNA Samples

    York Regional Police, Operations and Administration has established a mechanism for the taking of court ordered DNA samples during the time of the closure of the Newmarket Courthouse. A temporary location has been set up at 50 Eagle Street permitting the taking of court ordered DNA samples without bringing the public into the main building area. The room for taking samples is located south of the front doors near the Family Law Information Centre.  The location has its own entrance and is completely closed off from the remainder of the building.

     It is recommended that sentences with DNA orders be made for the following day at 50 Eagle Street at 10:00 a.m.  Police will have ident processors available.  The goal is to reduce the backlog anticipated when courts return to normal operations.

    Crown Assignments Week of May 25, 2020

    Here are the assistant crown attorney assignments for this week. Please be aware that the resolution/duty crown also addresses domestic matters.

    Monday May 25

    202P - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Michelle Michelle.Rumble@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Michael Demczur Michael.Demczur@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Greg Greg.J.Elder@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Jeff Jeffrey.Costain1@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – LeeAnne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

     Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Gemma gemma.sang@ontario.ca 

    Tuesday May 26

    202P – RDC Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Thompson Thompson.Hamilton@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Martin Martin.Dionne@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – LeeAnne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

    Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Gemma gemma.sang@ontario.ca

    Wednesday May 27

    202P - Brad Bradley.Juriansz@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Samantha Samantha.Peterson2@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Erin Erin.Rizok2@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Neil Anil.Singh2@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors –  LeeAnne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

     Sham Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Kevin Kevin.Stewart@ontario.caThursday May 28

    202P - RDC Robert.DeChellis@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Melissa Melissa.Henry@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Brian Brian.McCallion@ontario.ca

    103 Bails - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Jacob Jacob.Wilson@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – LeeAnne LeeAnne.McCallum@ontario.ca

    Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Amy Amy.Barkin@ontario.ca

    Friday May 29

    202P - Tony Tony.VandenEnde@ontario.ca

    200 Court (judge) – Philip Philip.Hsiung@ontario.ca

    201 Court (judge) – Vanessa VANESSA.SZIRMAK@ontario.ca

    103 Bails – Michael Ventola Michael.Ventola@ontario.ca

    104 Bails – Ivana Ivana.Denisov@ontario.ca

    Bail Vettors – Sham Shambavi.Kumaresan@ontario.ca

     Elissa Elissa.Kulpers@ontario.ca

    Remote Duty Crown – Lesley Lesley.Pasquino@ontario.ca

    Sincerely,

    Norman Panzica, York Director, Criminal Lawyers Association

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