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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions
  1. What are the "daily court lists"?
  2. I don't know if my case is being heard by the Superior Court of Justice or the Ontario Court of Justice. Which one should I choose?
  3. I'm not sure of the name of the municipality in which my case is being heard. How do I find out?
  4. I don't know what my "case type" is. Which should I choose?
  5. I don't know which courthouse to select. Which should I choose?   
  6. What is meant by "Appearance/Event Type"? What do the terms in this column mean?
  7. My name and/or court date does not appear on the daily court list. Do I still have to go in court?
  8. Which types of cases do not appear on the daily court lists?
  9. How can I find out more information about my case?
  10. My search produced a very long list of results, how do I find my specific case?
  11. I have a disability and I am planning to attend court. Who should I contact to find outabout the accessibility services available at that court location, or if I need accommodation?
  12. How current is the daily court list information found on this website?
  13. It's after 4:30 p.m. and I want information about a case heard today, but only tomorrow's court list is available.  Or, I want to know about a case that is being heard sometime in the future, not tomorrow. How do I find the information about court dates other than the date posted?

Answers

  1. What are the “daily court lists”?

    The daily court lists provided on this website include basic information about cases being heard in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice at all court locations across the province, with some exceptions. (See question 8 below for a full list of the types of proceedings and cases that are excluded from the online daily court list.)

    The case information included in the online daily court lists includes:

    • party's or accused's name (the names of the different people involved in the case, e.g. the accused in a criminal case, or the plaintiff and defendant in a civil case, or the applicant and respondent in a family application)
    • short title of proceedings  (the name of the case as listed in the courts' computer system)
    • case number (the file number assigned to the case when it started)
    • time of the hearing
    • location of the hearing
    • purpose or type of the appearance or hearing.

    This information is available on a daily basis, and is updated each day at 4:30 p.m. This means that, every day at 4:30, information about the current day's cases is removed and replaced with information about the next day's cases.

    Court users should confirm the information found on the online daily court lists at the courthouse where the matter is being heard (List of Ontario Court Addresses).

  2. I don't know if my case is being heard by the Superior Court of Justice or the Ontario Court of Justice. Which one should I choose? 

    If you are unsure which court is hearing your case, simply select "both", and the search results page will display daily court lists for both courts.

  3. I'm not sure of the name of the municipality in which my case is being heard. How do I find out?

    If you are not sure of the municipality in which your case is being heard, please use the List of Ontario Court Addresses
    or contact the courthouse where you think the case is being heard.

  4. I don't know what my “case type” is. Which should I choose?

    The online daily court lists include the different types of cases listed below.  For more information on each type, follow the links below:

     If you are not sure which type of case to select, simply select “all”, and the search results page will display daily court lists for all types of cases.

  5. I don't know which courthouse to select. Which should I choose?

    If are not sure which court location to choose, simply select "all", and the search results page will display daily court lists for all court locations in the municipality.

  6. What is meant by "Appearance/Event Type"? What do the terms in this column mean?

    The information in this column indicates what is expected to happen with that case when it is in court that day, for example, whether the case is going to trial, or that there will be a settlement or pretrial conference.   If you do not understand a term found in this column, you should contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard (See a List of Ontario Court Addresses).

  7. My name and/or case does not appear on the daily court list. Do I still have to go in court?

    Yes. If you have been served a summons, or have otherwise notified by the court that you are to attend court, you must appear in court, even if your name does not appear on a list. Failure to attend may result in a warrant for your arrest, dismissal of your case, or the case proceeding in your absence.

    There are many reasons why your name or case may not appear on this website. For example, your case may have been added to the court list after the list was downloaded and posted on the site.  In addition, certain types of cases are not included on this site (for example, criminal cases involving youth), and cases under a publication ban will be listed using only the initials of the parties, not full names.

    See question 8 below for a list of the types of proceedings and cases that are not included on the online daily court lists.

    Court users should confirm the information found on the online daily court lists at the courthouse where they think the matter is being heard (See a List of Ontario Court Addresses).

  8. Which types of cases do not appear on the daily court lists?

    Several types of proceedings and cases do not appear on this website. These include:

    • Cases subject to statutory, common law or court-ordered public access.  This includes adoptions, youth criminal cases (under the Youth Criminal Justice Act), child protection cases (under the Child and Family Services Act) and secure treatment applications (under the Child and Family Services Act). 
    • Provincial offences prosecutions (for example, prosecutions under the Highway Traffic Act) and municipal by-law prosecutions. (These cases are usually heard in municipal court.)
    • Cases involving a publication ban (imposed at any part of the proceedings) will be listed with an individual's initials only, not the full name
    • Cases updated or added after the daily court lists are posted.
    • Weekend and statutory holiday court hearings.

    Cases involving a publication ban (imposed at any part of the proceedings) will be listed with an individual's initials only, not the full name. (Important note: The daily court lists do not contain details about publication and disclosure bans and may not reflect that were recently granted (i.e., within the last day or two).  It is your responsibility to confirm whether a case is subject to a publication ban and to comply with any publication bans or other restrictions.)

  9. How can I find out more information about my case?

    For more information about the case, such as the name of counsel (the lawyers representing either party), please contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard(See a List of Ontario Court Addresses).

  10. My search produced a very long list of results, how do I find my specific case?

    Search results display all cases in alphabetical order by the name of the party involved in the case, e.g., the name of the accused, or the plaintiff (in a civil case). Simply scroll down through the list to find your case, or use the “find” or “search” function on your internet browser to search for keywords associated with your case, e.g., case number or name of party. 

    Tip: To quickly locate your internet browser's search function, use your browser's search feature:

    PC users -  hold down the “Ctrl” and “F” keys on your keyboard at the same time.
    Mac users – hold down the “Command” and “F” keys on your keyboard at the same time.

  11. I have a disability and I am planning to attend court. Who should I contact to find out about the accessibility services available at that court location, or if I need accommodation?

    Each courthouse location has an accommodation coordinator, who responds to disability-related accommodation requests, and provides information about the accessibility services available at that location. If you have any questions about the accessibility features of a particular court location, please contact the accessibility site coordinator at that courthouse. The List of Ontario Court Addresses includes contact information for the accessibility site coordinator at each courthouse.

  12. How current is the daily court list information found on this site?

    The information in each day's lists is current to the end of business day two days prior to the court date.  For example, the court list for Wednesday, June 4 is current to the end of day Monday, June 2.  For the most accurate, up-to-date information about your case, contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard (See a List of Ontario Court Addresses).

  13. It's after 4:30 p.m. and I want information about a case heard today, but only tomorrow's court list is available.  Or, I want to know about a case that is being heard sometime in the future, not tomorrow.  How do I find the information about court dates other than the date posted?

    The daily court list information is updated each day at 4:30 p.m. This means that, every day at 4:30 p.m., information about the current day's cases is removed and replaced with information about the next day's cases. For information about a case after that day's court lists have been removed, users should contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard.

    Information about cases that have already been heard or that are scheduled to be heard sometime in the future is not available on this website.  For information about a past court date or a future court date, users should contact the courthouse where the matter is being heard (See a List of Ontario Court Addresses).