Just when we thought the Ontario courts were embracing on-line appearances they have released guidelines setting out presumptive methods of attendance for events in Superior Court of Justice proceedings. The guidelines that take effect on April 19th set out the Court’s expectations for the following proceedings: Case conferences, pre-trials, trials, motions, examinations for discovery, mandatory mediations, assessment hearings, cost hearings, and appeals.
Specifically for Mandatory Mediations, the guidelines state:
“ALL MEDIATIONS WILL BE HELD IN PERSON, UNLESS THE PARTIES CONSENT TO IT BEING CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY OR UNLESS THE COURT SPECIFIES A DIFFERENT MODE OF PROCEEDING.”
Read the full Guidelines here: http://https://www.ontariocourts.ca/scj/guidelines-mode-of-proceedings/guidelines-civil/
Results Mediators is happy to accommodate either virtual or in-person mediations to suit your and/or your client’s needs. Please contact us to discuss any specific accommodation requests.