Guide to Completing a Civil Motion Draft Order (Ontario Superior Court of Justice)


This guide explains how to complete a Draft Order (Form 59A). It is applicable to civil motions that are filed at the Ontario Superior Court, Canada.  You can purchase this Guide by adding this item to your Cart and checking out by credit card.  Alternatively, you can pay by e-transfer to Heather Hui-Litwin at [email protected].Note that this Guide does not apply to family law or small claims court matters.


This Litigation Help Guide explains how to fill out the Draft Order for civil motions at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. It includes explanations and  a completed example of an Order. It is intended to guide new lawyers, law students and self-represented litigants.

Table of Contents

(1) Introduction: What is a Motion?                                                            4

(2) The Story of the Dispute                                                                        5

(3) What is a “draft order”?                                                                         7

(4) Sample Draft Order                                                                                8

(5) Useful Links                                                                                         10

(6) Feedback                                                                                             10


Heather Hui-Litwin is the Founder of Litigation Help, Public Legal Education.  Before she went to law school, she was involved in a personal civil lawsuit. She brings a combined perspective from being both a self-represented litigant and a lawyer to her delivery of public legal education programs.

Heather Douglas is an experienced civil litigator. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, and various tribunals in Ontario. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013. She is an active member of the Ontario Bar Association and a proud volunteer of the 519 Legal Clinic and the Pro Bono Ontario Hotline. Heather also acts as an Advisor to other lawyers as part of the Coach and Advisor Network (CAN) through the Law Society of Ontario.