Supreme Court of Canada
Notice to the Profession
Re: Allotting Time for Oral Argument
Issued: 02 March 2017
Please note the following changes to the practice for allotting time for oral
argument at the hearing of an appeal, as provided for by Rule 59 of the Rules
of the Supreme Court of Canada.
All applicants for leave to intervene whose applications are granted, and
who have requested time for oral argument, will be allotted five minutes.
This is consistent with Rule 59(2) which states that, in an order granting
leave to intervene, a judge may authorize an intervener to present oral argument
and determine the time to be allotted for oral argument.
Five minutes will also be allotted to interveners named in subparagraphs
22(3)(c)(i), (iii) and (iv) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada.
A judge determining time allotments for interveners retains a discretion to
allot some time other than five minutes, but five minutes will be the usual
Interveners are reminded that the purpose of an intervention is to provide
relevant submissions that will be useful to the Court and different from
those of the other parties. Interveners shall not make any statement with
respect to the outcome of the appeal in their factum, as provided in Rule
Counsel are reminded that videoconferencing services are available to all
parties, including interveners, at no cost.
For further information, please contact any Registry officer at 613-996-8666.
Roger Bilodeau, Q.C.
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