During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court of Appeal will continue to hear appeals, and applications but as of March 23, 2020, these will be conducted as electronic hearings and not in person. Hearings will be conducted using the Cisco Webex Meeting application, where possible.
The following resources will assist in preparing for an electronic hearing using Cisco Webex:
Court hearings are generally open to the public, and you are welcome to attend to watch the proceedings.
The courtroom is a formal setting, and your conduct should be polite and respectful to the judges, the parties, their lawyers and court staff. You must not disrupt or interfere with an appeal hearing.
- Lawyers are required to gown when appearing before a panel of justices at in-person and electronic appeal hearings, panel applications and bar admissions.
- Lawyers are not required to gown when appearing before a single appeal judge or at the Sentence Speak to List, Unscheduled Civil Appeals List or Criminal Speak to List.
- Where gowning is required, counsel with personal circumstances, such as pregnancy, a medical condition or a disability, are free to modify their traditional court attire to accommodate their personal circumstances as they see fit, including dispensing with a waistcoat and tabs. Modified attire must be dark in colour and in keeping with Court decorum.
- Counsel who plan to wear modified attire are requested to advise the Registrar or the Deputy Registrar in advance of the court appearance to ensure they do not need to discuss their personal circumstances or modified attire on record or in open court. Alternatively, they may inform the clerk who is on duty before the commencement of the proceedings.