Searching for information about court files

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Each court has jurisdiction over its own files.

If you are searching for information about your court file, you can do so at the court of origin, and, for the prescribed fee (Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal Fees, O. Reg. 293/92), obtain a copy of a document.

If you are searching for information about someone else's court file, you must conduct the search at the court of origin and you will have to pay a prescribed fee to view and copy documents in the court file. You will not be able to access someone else's court file or view documents if a statute or judicial order prohibits it.

If you are searching for information about a court case, such as the names of cases by or against a party, you may visit the court location and, if available, use a public computer to conduct a search. If a computer is not available, you can ask the court staff to search for this information.

Note that where a case has been disposed against all parties and the file has been sent to a retention centre, an additional fee will apply to retrieve the file from storage.

You may call the court office at the particular court location to make appropriate arrangements to meet your needs. Click here for a listing of court addresses.

For more information about these procedures, including flowcharts which summarize the processes, visit the Ministry of the Attorney General website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/. You may also wish to consult the Rules of Civil Procedure.

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