COVID-19 Tax Update: Federal Court of Appeal extends suspension period and implements measures allowing certain matters to proceed

On April 2, 2020 the Federal Court of Appeal released a Notice to the Parties and the Profession extending the suspension period, during which time the computation of time under both procedural rules and any direction or order of the Federal Court of Appeal will not run. The suspension period was previously set to expire on April 17, 2020 and will now run until May 15, 2020.

Additionally, parties whose appeal or judicial review application was ready to be heard on March 13, 2020 may now, on consent, ask to have the matter heard remotely. Parties may also opt to have the matter disposed of on the basis of the record and their respective memorandum of fact and law.

The full Notice to the Parties and the Profession can be found here.

A summary of extension periods and other policies implemented by courts hearing tax matters across Canada due to the COVID-19 crisis can be found in our blog post “COVID-19 Tax Update: Audits and disputes amidst the pandemic”.