Ontario courts shutting down in a bid to slow coronavirus

Correction: Global News initially reported that the Ontario Court of Justice was closing Tuesday when in fact it is the Ontario Superior Court of Justice which will close for the most part on Tuesday. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

The Superior Court of Justice has announced that it will shut down most operations as of Tuesday in a bid to reduce the transmission of the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19.

The shutdown, will which will include all new trials, will last through April 3.

The court says it will continue to hear the most urgent matters.

“All criminal, family and civil matters scheduled to be heard on or after Tuesday March 17, 2020 are adjourned,” a notice on the Superior courts website reads.

Chief Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz said the court would only hear urgent matters during the suspension, but trials already in progress would receive direction from the presiding judge today.

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