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CanLII Publication: Civil Procedure & Practice in Ontario

Civil Procedure & Practice in Ontario is now live at:
https://www.canlii.org/en/commentary/66972/.

“CPPO is written by a team of 135 leading litigators and experts in Ontario civil procedure. It explains the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Courts of Justice Act, and the Limitations Act, along with the case law interpreting them. It will always be a work in progress, as we undertake to keep it up-to-date with new case law and legal developments.”

WEL Partners’ Kimberly Whaley and Bryan Gilmartin contributed to this publication:

p13. Kimberly A Whaley, Rules of Civil Procedure Chapters, Parties and Joinder, Rule 9 – Estates and Trusts
p14 . Kimberly A Whaley, Rules of Civil Procedure Chapters, Parties and Joinder, Rule 10 – Representation Order
p83. Kimberly A Whaley, Rules of Civil Procedure Chapters, Particular Proceedings, Rule 73 – Reciprocal Enforcement of United Kingdom Judgments

Introductory Note

The law exists in order to bring better justice into human relationships. It governs the decisions of judicial officials, but it is also meant to help people avoid and resolve disputes without the need for formal procedure. For the law to function in these ways, it must be accessible and intelligible to all those to whom it applies.  Ideally, everyone should be able to learn, quickly and costlessly, how the law would apply to any set of facts.

We are still a long way from realizing this ideal, but Civil Procedure & Practice in Ontario seeks to bring us a bit closer. The legislation and common law governing civil disputes in Ontario is voluminous and difficult to decipher — for lawyers as well as lay-people.  The team behind this volume saw the need for a comprehensive and free guide. We wanted to create something that would be not only sophisticated enough for specialist litigators, but also straightforward and understandable for law office staff, self-represented litigants, and the general public.

CPPO is written by a team of 135 leading litigators and experts in Ontario civil procedure. It explains the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Courts of Justice Act, and the Limitations Act, along with the case law interpreting them. It will always be a work in progress, as we undertake to keep it up-to-date with new case law and legal developments.

Preparing this volume would have been impossible without the tireless efforts of Assistant Editors Natalie Kodsi, Steve Vitella, Hannah Thackeray and Sheldon Leung. I am also very grateful to CanLII for publishing this volume, and in particular to Sarah Sutherland and Alisa Lazear for supporting this project from its inception. Finally, many thanks are due to Dean Reem Bahdi and Dean Chris Waters of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law for their unstinting support of this project.

Prof. Noel Semple, J.D., Ph.D
General Editor, Civil Procedure & Practice in Ontario
University of Windsor Faculty of Law
Toronto, September 2021

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