Civil Cases: Suing and Being Sued in the Superior Court of Justice
There is an ongoing labour disruption at Canada Post. Deadlines for filing and serving documents in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure will not be changed because of this disruption and must be followed.
Please consider any extra time needed to meet the deadlines under the Rules of Civil Procedure for filing and serving documents.
Please note that due to the ongoing labour disruption, some court documents may take longer to process and may be delivered to you in other ways (e.g., by email, fax, or courier).
If you are unable to drop off documents to the court in person, you may have to courier, fax or email them.
For more information, please contact your local civil court.
On December 22, 2017, a regulation was filed to amend the Rules of Civil Procedure (“RCP”) O. Reg. 584/17. The changes are summarized below.
The RCP amendments will come into force on January 1, 2018 and May 28, 2018.
The civil court rules have been amended to:
- Authorize the use of the Ministry’s Civil Claims Online Portal to electronically file statements of defence, notices of intent to defend, proof of service of electronically filed documents, statements of claim where a notice of action was issued and consents and court orders that are required to be filed with an electronically filed document.
- Clarify how to access the Civil Claims Online Portal.
- Simplify the civil court rules relating to electronic filing and issuance of documents through the Civil Claims Online Portal by consolidating and centralizing the rules.
- Clarify the processes relating to the electronic filing and issuance of documents through the Civil Claims Online Portal.
- Clarify the material required to be filed in support of an Application of Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee pursuant to rule 74.04(1). The revised rule clarifies that only one affidavit is required to be filed as evidence to support the application. A complimentary amendment has been made to Form 74.10. Updated Form 74.10 is available online at: http://ontariocourtforms.on.ca/en/rules-of-civil-procedure-forms/
A civil claim is a lawsuit between individuals and/or corporations. It can address disputes about terms of contracts, or claims for injury to a person, their property or reputation.
An Introduction to Civil Cases in the Superior Court of Justice
- Flowcharts - What's New? Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure (PDF)
- What is a civil case?
- Who can help me with my civil case?
- Things to consider before deciding whether to sue
- An overview of laws, rules and forms in civil cases
- Steps in a civil action
- Particular proceedings
- Obtaining copies of a judgment
- Searching for information about court files
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