Yesterday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario announced that it will begin hearing appeals and panel motions (motions before a full panel of three judges) in person starting on April 4, 2022. Motions before a single Court of Appeal judge, purge court, and status court will continue to be heard remotely until further notice.
The Court also announced that parties will have the option of attending in-person appeals and panel motions remotely using a Zoom link, which will be provided to them.
This does not mean that things will be completely back to normal. Under the Court’s practice direction regarding proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person attendance is still limited to the individuals making oral submissions and a maximum of two additional individuals per party. All other individuals, including members of the public and media, are able to observe remotely by Zoom.
Kenneth Dekker, a partner of the firm, is a successful trial and appellate lawyer who is valued by his clients as a resourceful and practical litigation counsel.
Over more than two decades, Ken has litigated noteworthy cases in a range of fields that include class action defence, securities and broker-dealer litigation and regulatory defence, corporate and shareholder disputes (including oppression and winding up cases), defamation, civil fraud litigation, disputes over contracts, injunctions, professional liability litigation, employment litigation and cross-border litigation issues.
Ken has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. Ken also represents and advises clients in regulatory matters before the Investment Industry Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).
Ken has been ranked as Repeatedly Recommended for Securities Litigation by Lexpert, for Corporate and Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers of Canada, and he has been given the highest available rating of AV, or pre-eminent, by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell.
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