Ontario Courts

Court of Appeal for Ontario

What is the Court of Appeal for Ontario?

The Court of Appeal for Ontario is a superior court of record, which is separate.

What are the functions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario?

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has purely civil and criminal statuary jurisdiction, both federal and provincial.

List of the Judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario

Superior Court of Justice

What is the Superior Court of Justice?

The Superior Court of Justice is a superior court of record and a superior trial court.

What are the functions of the Superior Court of Justice?

The Superior Court of Justice has both criminal and civil jurisdiction, which includes family and estates matters. It has all the jurisdiction, power and authority historically exercised by courts of common law and equity in England and Ontario, and not just by statute.

The Superior Court of Justice sits as an appellate court in certain family, provincial offences, and summary conviction appeal matters from the Ontario Court of Justice.

The Superior Court of Justice also has three branches:

  1. Divisional Court
  2. Family Court
  3. Small Claims Court

Divisional Court

The Divisional Court:

  • Hears appeals from a final order of a judge of the Superior Court of Justice where claim or amount awarded is not more that $50,000.
  • Hears appeals from Small Claims Court where amount involved exceeds $2,500.
  • Hears appeals from an interlocutory order of a judge of the Superior Cout of Justice with leave.
  • Hears appeals from the Family Court.
  • Hears appeals from a final order of a Master or Case Management Master.
  • Hears applications for judicial review.

Family Court

The Family Court:

  • Has all family law jurisdiction.
  • Hears all lawsuits relating to:
    • Divorce ;
    • Division of property ;
    • Child and spousal support ;
    • Custody of and access to children ;
    • Adoption ;
    • Child protection ;
    • Guardianship ; and
    • Change of name appeals.

Small Claims Court

The Small Claims Court:

  • Hears trials where the lawsuit’s value does not exceed $25,000, exclusive of interests and costs.
  • Has jurisdiction in any action for payment of money or for the recovery of personal property within the monetary jurisdiction.

List of the Judges of the Superior Court of Justice

Ontario Court of Justice

What is the Ontario Court of Justice?

The Ontario Court of Justice is a court of record.

What are the functions of the Ontario Court of Justice?

The Ontario Court of Justice has jurisdiction in criminal and family matters. It performs any function assigned to it under:

  • The Criminal Code ;
  • The Provincial Offences Act ;
  • The Family Law Act ;
  • The Children’s Law Reform Act ;
  • The Child and Family Services Act ; and
  • Any other act, excluding divorce and property cases.

The Ontario Court of Justice is deemed a youth court for the purposes of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

List of the Judges of the Ontario Court of Justice

List of the Justices of the Peace of the Ontario Court of Justice

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