UPDATED MARCH 24, 2020
It is very important that we all take the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) seriously. This is going to mean a change to how we normally do business for the next few weeks.
Public health officials have recommended that we all take measures to reduce the amount of time individuals spend in large crowds or in crowded spaces to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
Abergel Goldstein & Partners is committed to ensuring that all our clients continue to have meaningful access to the court and our services during this pandemic. But there will be some disruption.
Ontario Court of Justice
By order of the Ontario Court of Justice all criminal court appearances in the Ontario Court of Justice between Monday March 16 and Friday May 29, will be adjourned 10-weeks. You do not need to attend court. The Ontario Court of Justice has directed that all out-of-custody matters with court appearances prior to May 29 will be automatically adjourned 10-weeks.
The court will still be able to hear emergency applications. This means if you have a bail hearing or are in-custody and are at time served we will be able to schedule a hearing.
During this time of uncertainty every lawyer at AGP is available to assist you in moving your matter forward. We will continue to prepare your files, review disclosure, and meet with Crown Attorneys so that we can move things forward as quickly as possible when the courts re-open.
Ontario Superior Court
By order of the Ontario Superior Court any accused person who has a criminal matter scheduled for any type of appearance in the Superior Court of Justice between March 17, 2020 and June 2, 2020, will have their matter automatically adjourned to a date in June. You do not need to attend court.
The Superior Court will still be able to hear emergency applications. If you have been detained a bail review is still an option to secure release from jail. We will do everything we can to help protect your heath and liberty.
The Supreme Court and Ontario Court of Appeal have also suspended hearings.
We know that this is a stressful and uncertain time and we promise to do everything we can to help.
We will be in touch to rescheduling meetings and court appearances.
Our office phones remain open and you can find our cell phone numbers and email addresses on our contact page.
We are still working hard to review your file, prepare your appeals, and get ready for your trial. We are here to support you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.
Be safe and be healthy.