What is Virtual Court?

 

These are remote hearings by telephone, video, communications platforms like Skype for Business, or a combination of these technologies. Virtual Court options allow the courts to hear more matters without additional staff at the courthouses. They are also a helpful option when courtrooms are too small to hold in-person hearings and still respect physical distancing.

 

Criteria for Virtual Court Hearings

 

The Supreme Court (General Division) began offering virtual court hearings and settlement conferences in May for some non-urgent civil matters at the Law Courts in Halifax. The Court has since expanded virtual court to include matters with documentary exhibits and viva voce evidence, including cross-examination.

 

Virtual court options are now available in many civil, criminal and family matters across the province, as long as the following criteria are met:

 

~ All parties are represented by counsel;
~ The matter can be dealt with in three days or less; and
~ All parties consent, or a judge orders otherwise.

 

How do I request a virtual court hearing?

 

Counsel who have a matter that meets the eligibility criteria and they feel would be appropriate for a virtual hearing should contact their local scheduler or the presiding Judge in their case.

 

Counsel interested in learning more about virtual court hearings are encouraged to review Best Practices for Remote Hearings, developed by the E-Hearings Task Force in Ontario.

 

 

BEST PRACTICES FOR REMOTE HEARINGS >>

 

 

Notices from the Supreme Court

 
June 10 - SUPREME COURT EXPANDS VIRTUAL COURT >>
May 22 - BEST PRACTICES FOR VIRTUAL COURT HEARINGS >>
May 7 - VIRTUAL HEARINGS, SETTLEMENT CONFERENCES >>