List of Projects

APPENDIX 1


Joint Committee On Court Reform - Case Management Projects

The Joint Committee on Court Reform (JCCR) was established in 1988. It includes representatives of 10 Bar Associations in the Province, including the Advocate's Society, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario, the County of York Law Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Representatives of the Judiciary and Courts Administration are also included. In 1988, the JCCR requested that system of case flow management be established in the Ontario Courts in order to address the problems of delay. Case Management pilot projects were established in Toronto, Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie. The JCCR established a number of subcommittees to guide and evaluate the performance of Case Management pilots.

Communications & Education Sub-committee
Evaluation Sub-Committee
Rules and Forms Committee
Steering Committee
Toronto Operations Committee (General Division)
Toronto Operations Committee (Provincial Division)
Toronto Family Law Bench & Bar Committee (General Division)
Toronto Civil and Family Case Management Advisory Committees
Ontario Civil And Family Case Management Advisory Committees

ADVOCATES' SOCIETY TASK FORCE ON BACKLOG

In January of 1994, Roger Oatley, then the President of the Advocates' Society announced the creation of the Civil Justice Task Force on Delay. The goal of the Task Force is to examine the civil litigation process in Ontario with a view towards developing recommendations to remedy the problems associated with the delay in getting civil cases to trial and the increasing costs of civil litigation. Regional Committees, each with a designated member of the General Division Bench, were established to further consider the issue and to deliver regional reports.

SIMPLIFIED CIVIL RULES COMMITTEE

The committee was formed in 1993 at the request of the late Chief Justice Callaghan and by the former Deputy Attorney General, George Thomson. It includes representatives from the Judiciary, the Bar, the Ministry of the Attorney General and Courts Administration. It was created to respond to the widely-held belief that only the wealthy or the legally aided could afford to litigate and that the cost to the parties of lawsuits involving relative modest sums is often disproportionate to the amount involved. The Committee was charged with the task of making recommendations to make civil, non-matrimonial litigation more affordable.

JOINT MINISTRY/JUDICIAL COMMITTEE ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF CIVIL CASES IN ONTARIO (VENUE COMMITTEE)

The Committee was established in January of 1994. Its mandate was to consider how to apportion the civil case load to ensure speedy justice throughout Ontario. It includes representatives from the Judiciary, the Bar, the Ministry of the Attorney General and Courts Administration. It is responsible for evaluating and developing a recommendation for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Attorney General which will allow for the speedy and efficient processing of civil cases in the judicial system.

COURT ANNEXED ADR CENTRE

The Ontario Court of Justice (General Division) and the Ministry of the Attorney General initiated a two-year pilot project under which "Court Annexed" ADR (alternative dispute resolution) services are be provided in the Toronto Region. It provides for the referral of both new and existing cases to the Centre. It handles commercial disputes, construction lien cases, wrongful dismissal, contract and tort actions. The Centre does handle family law, landlord and tenant disputes or motor vehicle actions.

CBAO CIVIL LITIGATION SECTION - COMMITTEE ON ASSESSMENT OF COSTS, MASTERS AND REGISTRARS' OFFICES

The Committee was formed by the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association -Ontario as a result of concerns arising from the decision to remove the power to appoint new Masters and the decision to reorganize the Registrar functions.

METROPOLITAN TORONTO COURTS FACILITIES PROJECT

In March of 1994, the Coopers and Lybrand Consulting Group completed a study for the Ministry of the Attorney General and Management Board of Cabinet. The main objective of the project was to develop a "long range plan" and "functional planning" documents that describe the court facilities and other court resource requirements of the Ministry of the Attorney General and other key stakeholders for the next twenty years. The scope of the project included facilities required to provide court services for civil, criminal, family and other federal and provincial matters within Metropolitan Toronto - within both the General and the Provincial Divisions of the Ontario Court of Justice. Ten key reports and one final report were provided.