Family court operations: Guide for the pandemic

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Luke’s Place has just launched a new resource that guides women and workers on Ontario’s family court operations.

In March 2020, family courts moved quickly and efficiently to ensure their operations were consistent with provincial public health protocols put in place to limit spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this process, many of those involved with the family court system – judges, lawyers, court staff and litigants – realized that some of the changes were long overdue and should be kept in place even after pandemic protocols were lifted.

Right now, the court system is in transition. We don’t know what changes will become permanent and what operational processes will return to those in place before March 2020.

Documents and appearances

We have created Family Court Operations: A Pandemic Resource to provide you with information about how Ontario’s family courts are operating now. This information is current as of August 2021. We will endeavor to keep this resource up-to-date. Please watch our site for updates.

The resource covers:

  • Serving and filing documents, with a Form 6B Affidavit checklist, how to file submissions online and document naming protcols
  • Going to court, including teleconference and video conference preparation and etiquette
  • Finding and using legal help and court services
  • Court operations and services for related legal issues
  • What’s next?

Please see the final section of this resource for links to websites where you can find up-to-date information about the operation of Ontario’s family courts and the services connected with them.

We strongly recommend that you stay informed about how the court in your community is operating, as there are sometimes differences between the general information available about the province as a whole and how courts in a particular jurisdiction are operating.

Download: Family Court Operations: A Pandemic Resource