COVID-19 Tax Update: Tax Court of Canada further cancels judicial sittings

On May 27, 2020 the Tax Court of Canada issued an Amended Practice Order and Direction and a Notice to the Public and the Profession cancelling all judicial sittings and conference calls scheduled through July 17, 2020.

The Notice to Public and the Profession further states that if circumstances allow for the resumption of the Court’s operations in the coming weeks, the Court will sit during the 4-week summer recess and appeals will be scheduled between July 20, 2020 and August 13, 2020. Priority will be given to parties whose hearings were interrupted in March or whose general appeals were adjourned in March or April. The Chief Justice will reassess on or before June 15, 2020 whether the judicial sittings schedule will have to be further altered.

The Court further indicated that it is looking into conducting proceedings related to litigation process, such as Case Management Conferences and Status Hearings, by phone or online.

The full Notice to the Public and the Profession and Amended Practice Direction and Order can be found here and 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 (Updated)”.