In this case, a lawyer complained that his client had experienced a six month delay for the disposition of a contempt order against judgement debtors in a small claims court action, which he deemed unreasonable and unacceptable.

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In this case, a lawyer complained that his client had experienced a six month delay for the disposition of a contempt order against judgement debtors in a small claims court action, which he deemed unreasonable and unacceptable. As a new directive had been put into order stating that a deputy judge in Ontario is now expected to refer the matter to a superior court judge for his or her endorsement, the matter was passed on to a superior court judge. Though the delay from the deputy judge to the superior court judge was longer than the guidelines suggest, the superior court judge provided a prompt reply.

The complainant was thanked for bringing their concerns to the Council’s attention as it serves as a reminder that a prompt disposition of court matters is critical to ensuring public confidence in the integrity of our judicial system. The matter was closed.

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