On January 1, 2010, the government will introduce two new
Regulations which will radically alter the Civil Litigation
landscape in the Province of Ontario. Regulation 438/08
provides for the most extensive amendments to the Rules of Civil
Procedure since the current Rules were introduced in
1985. Also, Regulation 439/08 will raise the
jurisdiction of Small Claims Court to $25,000.00 effective January
When I first agreed to present this paper, it was my expectation
that I would be able to outline and discuss each and every
amendment to the Rules. However, having now had an
opportunity to review all the amendments, I realize that this is an
impossible task in a twenty minute presentation. My goal is
to highlight the amendments that I believe will be most applicable
to lawyers practicing in the Region of Halton.
I have not touched on the amendments to Mandatory Mediation or
Civil Case Management which really relate to our Toronto
brethren. Also, the extensive amendments to the Summary
Judgment Rule will be covered by Michael Emery later today.
Please download the following PDF for my full review.