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amendment to the Rules of Civil Procedure.

On April 6, 2021, a regulation was filed to amend court rules and forms for civil proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice: 

O. Reg. 248/21, amending the Rules of Civil Procedure.

The administrative amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure achieve consistency with recent civil rule and form amendments establishing electronic processes in civil court proceedings (O. Reg. 689/20), as well as amendments establishing a simplified probate process for small estates (O. Reg. 111/21).

The amending regulation also makes administrative amendments to introduce consistent French-language terminology and correct discrepancies between the English and French versions of various rules and forms.

The regulation amends 23 rules and 43 forms.

A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at:

21-MAG010

The amendments are effective April 6, 2021.

amendment to the Rules of the Small Claims Court.

On April 6, 2021, O. Reg. 249/21 was filed to amend the Rules of the Small Claims Court.

This Rules of the Small Claims Court amending regulation:

  • authorizes the use of the new Small Claims Court Submissions Online Portal to electronically file and issue certain court documents in Small Claims Court proceedings;
  • consolidates and centralizes the rules relating to electronic filing and issuance through the Small Claims Court E-Filing Service Portal and clarify which documents may be submitted through this portal; and
  • removes the requirements to submit a paper copy of documents that are filed electronically through the Small Claims Court E-filing Service Portal.

The regulation amends 12 rules and creates 2 new rules.

A summary of the regulation is available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry at:

21-MAG011

The amendments will come into force on May 24, 2021.