Notice about COVID-19

Out of concern for the health and safety of visitors and employees in light of COVID-19, the Supreme Court of Canada Building is closed to visitors. However, the Court is open for case-related matters. Hearings were conducted both in person and by video conference during the first three weeks of the fall session, which began on September 22, 2020. The Chief Justice has directed that, given the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, all counsel are to appear via videoconference, using Zoom, for hearings in November and December 2020. The Justices will be present in the Courtroom, and all proceedings will be livestreamed on the Court’s website.

For the filing of Court documents, please note the following:

On July 27, 2020, the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19) came into force.  The Act suspends any time limits with respect to civil legal proceedings found in federal legislation, including the Supreme Court Act, between March 13 and September 13, 2020. 

In March 2020, the Court suspended deadlines in the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada until further notice.  That suspension period will also expire at the end of the day on September 13, 2020. Thereafter, all deadlines – whether imposed by the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada or by the Supreme Court Act – will be in force.

When calculating deadlines for civil proceedings set out in the Supreme Court Act and deadlines set out in the Rules, exclude the suspension period, beginning on March 13, 2020 and ending on September 13, 2020.

After September 13, 2020, parties will be required to file paper copies of their appeal factum and any volume of the appeal record containing Part I. They will also be required to file paper copies of their condensed book. All other appeal and leave documents, whether originating or not, are to be filed by email only, unless otherwise directed by the Registrar.

Should you have any questions about case-related matters, please consult Answers to your questions in regards to the ending of the suspension period caused by COVID-19.

Telephone calls made to the Registry’s toll-free line (1-844-365-9662) are answered from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. However, you are encouraged to continue to communicate with the Registry by email at

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we reopen the Supreme Court building and begin the fall session.

Thank you.