By Brendan Crawley
(TORONTO, ON) – A new online service is making it easier for people to find out where and when they need to go to court.
This online version of the daily court lists allows court users to search for basic information about next-day court appearances, including the case number, the names of the parties involved and the time, location and reason for that appearance.
The website gives court users a faster, more convenient way to access daily court list information, which until now could only be obtained by calling or visiting the courthouse in person. The online daily court lists will be updated each day around 4:30 pm with case information for the next 24 hours.
"I welcome the launch of this new online service, which I anticipate will be an invaluable tool for the many people who use our courts, from lawyers and litigants to members of the media and the broader public,” said Chief Justice Heather Smith of the Superior Court of Justice. “It is a simple, but significant step in improving access to justice in this province."
Cases subject to statutory, common law or court-ordered public access restrictions will not appear on the online court lists. This includes cases about adoptions, child protection cases and criminal cases involving youth. Cases subject to a publication ban will list only the initials of the parties involved, not their full names.