Practice Direction Changes for the Transfer of Civil Proceedings

Practice Directions for transferring a Proceeding in the Central West Central East, Central South and Toronto Regions have changed. Under the new process, a Motion to transfer a proceeding must be filed with the Regional Senior Justice in the jurisdiction in which the proceeding is being transferred to and NOT the jurisdiction where the proceeding commenced. This new Practice Direction can be found on the Superior Court of Justice Website under the Consolidated Provincial Practice Directions – Paragraph 49 of Part 3B and is noted below:

49. A motion to transfer a proceeding should be brought at the court location to which the moving party seeks to have the proceeding transferred.  The moving party must file a Notice of Motion with a supporting affidavit, as required under rule 13.1.02(2). The moving party’s affidavit must address the factors listed in rule 13.1.02(2)(b) and, as part of the relevant matters, must identify the current stage of the proceeding (i.e., whether further motions are anticipated in the proceeding, whether a pre-trial has occurred or is scheduled, and whether mediation has been held) and why the proceeding was originally commenced in the originating county. The affidavit should also address the estimated length of trial, whether it is a jury trial, and the number of parties and counsel.

 
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