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What is the Superior Court of Justice?

Supreme Court of Canada

The Superior Court of Justice is one of the busiest trial courts in the world. The Court has jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and family cases, and is the largest superior trial court in Canada. The Divisional Court, the Small Claims Court, and the Family Court are all branches of the Superior Court of Justice.

The Superior Court sits in 52 locations across Ontario and its complement of over 300 federally appointed judges serves millions of people throughout the province. Every day, the judges and judicial officials of the Court work to provide Ontarians with effective, affordable, and timely justice; the dedication and integrity they bring to their courtrooms makes the Superior Court one of the most respected courts in Canada and worldwide.

The Chief Justice of the Superior Court is responsible for the sittings of the Court and assigning judicial duties, as well as other matters relating to the governance and administration of the Court. The Associate Chief Justice, eight Regional Senior Judges, and the Senior Judge of the Family Court form the Executive of the Court, which provides advice to the Chief Justice on policy and governance issues. Together, the Chief Justice and the members of the Executive work to ensure the proper administration of the Court.

In total, the Court serves eight judicial regions in Ontario. Each region is headed by a Regional Senior Judge who exercises the powers and performs the duties of the Chief Justice in that region. The business of the Court can vary from region to region depending on the particular requirements of each jurisdiction; however, the constant that binds the Court together is the commitment of its judges and judicial officials to meet the diverse needs of Ontarians.

As the social and legal landscape of the province continues to grow and change, the Superior Court of Justice remains steadfast in its goal to constantly improve the Court’s service to the public and provide justice to the people of Ontario.

Agreement of Purchase and Sale Ontario

Agreement of Purchase and Sale OREA

Usually our clients will have entered into an agreement on a printed form prepared by either Law Booth, the other lawyer or more common, through their realtors.

Apparently, because it is printed, most people sign the form before consulting a lawyer and, in many cases, without even reading it. The purchase or sale of a home is the biggest transaction most people ever enter into, yet an amazing number blindly sign the agreement without ever calling on their lawyer for advice. Then they appear in their lawyer’s offices asking them to solve problems arising out of that very agreement. These agreements are almost always prepared by real estate agents who, while trained and often expert in their own field, have little training or expertise in the complicated world of drafting legal documents.

For cases where we are given an opportunity to advise on such an agreement before signing, or where we are called upon to draft such a standard form agreement, we look to the latest form of the Ontario Real Estate Association (“OREA”) agreement of purchase and sale.

You can use our Free Online Calculator to get a quote.

Importance of a travel consent letter for children

Canadian Travel Consent Letter

Government of Canada strongly recommends that Canadian children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives or with a group. For the purposes of this consent letter, a Canadian child is defined as anyone who is under the age of majority (18 or 19, depending on the province or territory of residence).

A consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, but it can simplify travel for Canadian children, as it may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving a foreign country or by Canadian officials when re-entering Canada. The letter demonstrates that Canadian children have permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians who are not accompanying them.

At Law Booth, we can draft the letter for you while you wait in as little as 15 minutes. We ask that the person(s) consenting bring two pieces of ID’s including a passport along with the full legal names, date of births and passport number of the children and the person(s) traveling with the children.

You can purchase a travel consent letter directly from our website. Simply input the data and pay. We will have it ready for you to pick up.


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