Ontario Annual Practice 2017-2018 Edition (Print + CD + forms)

By: James J. Carthy, W.A. Derry Millar, B.A., LL.B., Jeff G. Cowan, B.A., LL.B., Dip.L., LL.M.
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-7961-8
Product Type: Book S.O. + CD-ROM
Anticip. Upkeep Cost: Annual volumes supplied on standing order subscription
Number of Pages: 2110 (HC)+ 990 (forms)
Number of Volumes: 2 volumes bound
Binding: -
Publication Date: 2018-06-25
Publisher: Canada Law Book
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Gain a solid understanding of the rules of civil procedure in Ontario

The Ontario Annual Practice 2017-2018 contains the latest developments in legislation, jurisprudence and authoritative author analysis to guide you on the rules of civil procedure, the rules of court, and statutory tribunals. It consists of:

1. Main Volume – Print Get the critical legislation to help you understand the Rules of Civil Procedure in this one volume including:

  • The Rules of Civil Procedure annotated with references to the most relevant case law and a synopsis of each rule, as well as the authors' expert commentary and advocacy notes
  • Annotated versions of related legislation including:
    • Courts of Justice Act
    • Class Proceedings Act, 1992 and portions of the Law Society Act relevant to Class Actions
    • Judicial Review Procedure Act
    • Statutory Powers Procedure Act
    • Evidence Act
    • Limitations Act, 2002
  • The Legislation Act, 2006, relevant portions of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 and the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998
  • Family Law Rules – with case annotations
  • Small Claims Court Rules – with case annotations
  • Paper supplements are issued as required to subscription customers including legislative changes, Notices to the Profession and Practice Directions

Additional features:

  • Procedural Guide – utlines major step in actions, applications, judicial reviews, motions and appeals
  • An overview of recent developments to keep you current
  • Highlighted Practice Directions, Notices to the Profession and Regulations
  • Limitations Act Questionnaire – determines whether proceedings in respect of a claim would be met with defence under the Act
  • Frequently called numbers – lists important and frequently used contact information

2. Forms and Table of Cases Volume – Print This volume provides you with a Table of Cases and easy access to the essential forms related to various legislations including:

  • Statutory Powers Procedure Act
  • Rules of Civil Procedure
  • Family Law Rules
  • Rules of the Small Claims Court

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  • Easily searchable Word fillable forms

e-Notes As a subscription customer, you are entitled to receive FREE legislative amendments and other pertinent information by email, as it becomes available. This also includes monthly electronic supplements containing current case annotations with links to the full-text judgment.


What’s New  

Amendments to the following Rules and Statutes:

  • Rules of Civil Procedure (O. Reg. 147/16; O. Reg. 281/16; O. Reg. 487/16; O. Reg. 82/17)
  • The Family Law Rules (O. Reg. 235/16)
  • The Small Claims Court Rules (O. Reg. 488/16)
  • The Courts of Justice Act (S.O. 2016, c. 5, Sch. 7 and S.O. 2017, c. 2, Sch. 2, ss. 1-19)

Updates to the following Practice Directions:

  • New Court of Appeal Practice Directions were added:
  • Practice Direction Concerning Civil Appeals at the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Guidelines for Filing Electronic Documents at the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • Reference Guide for Citation Practices at the Court of Appeal for Ontario
  • List of Frequently Cited Civil Authorities
  • Joint Request for Pre-Hearing Settlement Conference Form
  • New Ontario Superior Court of Justice Practice Directions were added:
    • Provincial Practice Direction Regarding Applications under s. 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
    • Practice Direction Concerning Civil Proceedings in Central East Region (January 1, 2017)
    • Practice Direction Regarding Family Cases in the Superior Court of Justice East Region (August 1, 2016 oPractice Advisory Concerning Family Long Motions in the Toronto Region (Sept 15 2016
  • The following Ontario Superior Court of Justice Practice Directions were updated:
  • Consolidated Provincial Practice Direction
  • Consolidated Practice Direction for the Central West Region (January 1 2017)
  • Consolidated Practice Direction for the East Region
    • Consolidated Practice Direction for the Southwest Region (Aug 1 2016
    • Consolidated Practice Direction for Civil Actions, Applications, Motions and Procedural Matters in the Toronto Region (May 1, 2017)



  • Extensive commentary on the Rules including Synopsis, Comments and Advocacy Notes
  • Overview of recent developments that discusses all of the new amendments to the rules, related legislation and Practice Directions


Case Law Highlights:


  • Goldhar v. Haaretz.com, 2016 ONCA 515 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 17.02)
  • Lizotte c. Aviva Cie d’assurance du Canada, 2016 SCC 52 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 30.02)
  • Minister of National Revenue v. Thompson (2016), (sub nom. Canada (National Revenue) v. Thompson, 2016 SCC 21 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 30.02)
  • Morasse c. Nadeau-Dubois, 2016 SCC 44 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 60.11)
  • Royal Bank of Canada v. Trang, 2016 SCC 50 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 60.18)
  • Whirlpool Canada Co. v. Chavila Holdings Ltd., 2017 ONCA 81 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 15.05)
  • D’Onofrio v. Advantage Car & Truck Rentals Ltd., 2017 ONCA 5 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 20.04)
  • Edmonton (City) v. Edmonton East (Capilano) Shopping Centres Ltd. 2016 SCC 47 (JRPA s. 2)
  • Castrillo v. Ontario (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board), 2017 ONCA 121 (Rules of Civil Procedure, r. 21.01, r. 25.06)
  • Children’s Aid Society of Toronto v. T. (L.), 2016 ONCA 146 (Family Law Rules, r. 38)
  • Neuberger Estate v. York, 2016 ONCA 303 (Courts of Justice Act, s. 131)
  • Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., 2016 SCC 37 (Courts of Justice Act, s. 134)
  • Heritage Capital Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 19 (Courts of Justice Act, s. 134)

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About the Author

The Late Honourable James J. Carthy was a member of the Court of Appeal from 1988 to 2004. He was formerly litigation counsel with Weir & Foulds (now WeirFoulds LLP), and was a former member of the Rules Committee and a Bencher.
W.A. Derry Millar, B.A., LL.B. practises exclusively in civil litigation and administrative law with WeirFoulds LLP and acts as an arbitrator and mediator. Has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, the SCC and the FCC, and many administrative tribunals. Mr. Millar is a former treasurer of The Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a past chair of the Ontario Centre for Advocacy Training and a former director of The Advocates' Society and Pro Bono Law Ontario. Has been a co-editor of the Ontario Annual Practice since 1975.
Jeff G. Cowan, B.A., LL.B., Dip.L., LL.M. is a partner and former managing partner (1999-2003) at WeirFoulds LLP. He served as Head of Section for the Public Law course of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Bar Admission Course from 1986 to 2005 He appears regularly before tribunals and all courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, with emphasis on administrative and constitutional law, regulatory law, judicial review of government decision-making, First Nations, municipal finance, assessment and taxation, land use planning and development, freedom of information, professional discipline, and real estate litigation. Clients comprise private and public sector companies and individuals, provincial and municipal governments, and a variety of tribunals and professional organizations. Recipient of Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators Medal 1997; past Director of The Advocates' Society; past chair of the OBA Administrative Law Section. Co-editor, Ontario Annual Practice; Member of Secretariat of Civil Rules Committee.

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