The FCA issued a COVID related Practice Notice this week regarding in person, remote and hybrid hearings taking place this fall. It also comments on phase out of the Suspension Period at the FCA and the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19). The FCA has been posting cases released from the Suspension Period each week.
A couple of more COVID related announcements:
Andrew Little of Bennett Jones was appointed to the Federal Court today. Justice René LeBlanc of the Federal Court was elevated to the Federal Court of Appeal to replace Justice Gauthier, who elected to become a supernumerary judge.
The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a further notice extending its suspension period until May 15, 2020 and adjourning all hearings during this period, although parties may consent to have their matters heard remotely or decided based only on the written material. I understand that the Federal Court is likely to extend its suspension period as well.
The Ontario Superior Court has issued a Notice re-opening hearings in certain cases beyond just ‘urgent’ matters using remote hearings and relaxing requirements for service by email and filing.
WIPO has announced that the PCT International Bureau has suspended the transmittal on paper of PCT documents and notifications and will only use electronic means.
There are still problems with the Federal Court website, particularly for identifying new proceedings that started since December 13th. Problems also cause some blank updates on watched files. Continue reading Federal Court
Justice Anne Mactavish, a Judge of the Federal Court was appointed yesterday to the Federal Court of Appeal. Appointments were also made in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Quebec.