I have a judicial review hearing or filing deadline during COVID-19. What will happen?

On January 18, 2021, the Federal Court announced that all courthouses in Ontario are closed until further notice. All documents must be filed with the court electronically through the Federal Court's e-filing system.

You can also send documents to court by email to:

• Toronto: TOR_reception@fct-cf.ca

• Ottawa: fc_reception_cf@cas-satj.gc.ca

If you can't send your documents by email, you can arrange to drop them off at the court. To make an appointment, contact the appropriate court Registry office:

  • Toronto: 416-973-3356
  • Ottawa: 613-992-4238

All urgent and non-urgent matters will continue to be heard by videoconference. The Federal Court uses Zoom videoconference technology. In special cases, hearings or motions can be heard by teleconference.

If your hearing date was postponed because of COVID-19, talk to your lawyer about asking the court for a new date.

Regular timelines apply for any procedural steps, including for filing:

  • a notice of application
  • a notice of motion
  • other documents

If you can't meet a deadline, your lawyer can ask the court for more time.

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