Ontario Courts Start Re-Opening Process Starting July 6 2020

Superior Court of Justice in Thunder Bay
Superior Court of Justice in Thunder Bay in the evening.

 New COVID-19 measures in provincial courts will ensure the safety of staff and visitors

TORONTO – Ontario courts will begin resuming in-person proceedings across the province on Monday, July 6, 2020. The gradual reopening of courtrooms will include strict health and safety protocols to protect staff and everyone required to attend a courthouse from COVID-19.

“We have worked with justice partners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak to keep people safe and maintain the administration of justice. We are now taking a careful and staged approach to expanding the operations of provincial courts and implementing strict public health measures so that in-person matters can be heard safely,” said Attorney General Doug Downey.

To start, 149 courtrooms in both the Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice are reopening in 44 locations. Additional courtrooms will open by September with the remaining opening by November 1, 2020. To help maintain physical distancing, plexiglass barriers are being installed in courtrooms, interview rooms, intake offices, and at public counters. Everyone who visits a courthouse will be required to wear a face-covering and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

The government is consulting with justice sector partners, leaders, and innovators to develop investment priorities to support new ways of delivering and increasing access to justice that span the entire sector and province, including rural and remote communities and criminal, civil, and family law fields.