Ontario Court of Appeal can order an appeal to be heard entirely in writing – even where a party objects
In a brief scheduling decision in 4352238 Canada Inc. v. SNC Lavalin Inc., Madame Justice Lois Roberts set a new precedent for the Court of Appeal for Ontario that the Court may order an appeal to be heard entirely in writing, even where one or more parties objects. In her words: “It is also beyond controversy that the COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary circumstances to which we must all adapt as best we can. Since March 17, 2020, there have been no in person appeals heard at the Court of Appeal. More than 100 scheduled appeals had to be adjourned. ... [more] Full article
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