The Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) released a Notice this morning further elaborating on the declaration of a provincial emergency in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and ,more particularly, its impact upon the courts.

The Notice states: “ To further protect the health and safety of all court users and to help contain the spread of COVID-19 , we ask members of the legal profession and members of the public NOT to attend court houses in person at this time, unless they are required to be in court for a hearing or to make an urgent filing in a civil, criminal or family matter.”

Modifications to the filing process are detailed in the Small Claims Court online filing service or the Civil Claims Online Portal for Superior Court of Justice civil matters.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the court continues to accept non-urgent matters by regular mail.

David M. Smith