Provincial Court Case Conferences

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Provincial Court Case Conferences"

Transcription

1 FAMILY LAW CONFERENCE 2015 PAPER 2.3 Provincial Court Case Conferences These materials were prepared by The Honourable Judge Patricia Bond of the Provincial Court of BC, Surrey, BC, for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, July Patricia Bond

2 2.3.1 PROVINCIAL COURT CASE CONFERENCES I. Purpose of a Family Case Conference... 1 II. Family Case Conferences Rules and Practicalities... 1 III. Tips for Family Case Conferences in Provincial Court... 3 IV. CFCSA Case Conferences... 5 Case conferences have been initiated mainly through judicial impetus. Whether this has been inspired by a recognition of the need to deal with matters that could be in whole or in part settled without the necessity of court hearings, or whether it is an attempt to identify and provide input into issues and positions before the parties become entrenched, it is nonetheless an important part of our pre-trial process in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts. Although family case conferences in Provincial Court are not mandatory, they are routinely ordered prior to scheduling a family law hearing. I. Purpose of a Family Case Conference To identify the issues agreed to and those in dispute; to promote settlement of some or all of the issues; to test the theory of your case; to gain the judge s perspective; to give your client their day in court; to fulfil the legal requirement so one can proceed with litigation. II. Family Case Conferences Rules and Practicalities The Provincial Court (Family) Rules 1 provide that a judge may at a first or subsequent court hearing set a date for a family case conference (Rule 6(3)(f)). The actual conference is governed by Rule 7, which provides that if guardianship, parenting arrangements or contact with a child are contested, a judge may order the parties to attend a family case conference. It is not common to deal with support issues at family case conferences. Rule 7(3) provides that a child or person who is not a party to a proceeding may attend the conference with the permission of the judge. Children very rarely participate in case conferences, however, it is not as rare to have an unrepresented person attend with a friend or relative to support 1 BC Reg. 417/98.

3 2.3.2 them. Typically this is permitted if there is no objection. It is at the judge s discretion if there is an objection. Rule 7(4) sets out what the judge presiding at the conference may do, including: mediate any of the issues in dispute; (b) decide any issues that do not require evidence; (c) make a conduct order under Division 5 of Part 10 of the Family Law Act, including: (i) requiring the parties to participate in family dispute resolution; or (ii) requiring one or more parties or, with or without the consent of the child s guardian, a child, to attend counselling specified services or programs; (d) if the regional manager has advised the court in writing that the person is readily available, refer the parties to a family justice counsellor or to a person designated by the Attorney General to provide specialized support assistance; (e) adjourn the case for the purposes of paragraph (c) or a referral under paragraph (d); (f) make an order to which all the parties consent; (g) direct that any or all applications must be made within a set time; (h) direct the parties to attend a further family case conference, setting a date for that conference; (i) set a date for a trial preparation conference under Rule 8; (j) make any order that may be made at a trial preparation conference under Rule 8(4); (k) if the judge does not set a date for a further family case conference or a trial preparation conference, set a trial date for the matter or set a date for a trial that is restricted to issues defined by the parties; (l) make an interim or final order requested in an application, reply or notice of motion; (m) without hearing witnesses, give a non-binding opinion on the probable outcome of a hearing or trial; (n) make any other order or give any direction that the judge considers appropriate. Although sub-rules 7(4) and (5) suggest that the judge can grant orders without the consent of the parties, it has been held that rulings on contested substantive issues must not be made without first affording the parties the opportunity to tender evidence, test the opposing party s evidence and make submissions. 2 See David Dundee s paper titled Case Conferences: Procedural and Jurisdictional Overview 3 for a review of the case law on making decisions on substantive issues, Orders That Do Not Require Evidence, Hearing Subsequent Applications and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the Provincial Court. Rule 7(5) provides that orders can be made under Rule 7(4), even though one or more of the parties fails to attend the conference. The content of a family case conference is privileged. The conferences are not recorded and no records are made of discussions unless an agreement is reached, in which case a document will be prepared outlining the agreement, and it will be signed by each party and the judge. In some 2 Lower v. Stasiuk, 2006 BCSC 864 (at para. 25). 3 Presented at CLEBC, Family Law Settlements: Reaching and Recording Compromise, September 2009.

4 2.3.3 Provincial Court Registries we have smart forms which are typed up at the time and then entered that day as a court order. Family case conferences are set for an hour. They can go longer, but they are usually booked back to back. This does not leave much time, but it is possible to quickly caucus with your client if it appears necessary and beneficial. Generally, the judge will step out while that is done. If one hour is not sufficient, a further conference can be scheduled, and the judge can be seized. When protection orders or bail conditions have been imposed, they will prohibit contact between the parties. Unless exceptions are made for attendances in court, the restricted party could face criminal sanctions for breaching the order or conditions by attending a case conference. If arrangements are not made in advance of a case conference to deal with this issue, valuable time can be lost confirming that charges will not be pursued. (1) Prepare yourself: (b) III. Tips for Family Case Conferences in Provincial Court know the issues; know the relevant facts; (c) file and serve your client s financial statement, if appropriate 4 ; (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) (j) (k) (l) (2) Prepare your client: identify disclosure issues that can be addressed for or against your client; identify any deficiencies in the pleadings that can be addressed; prioritize your client s issues that might be dealt with, from minor, practical issues such as signing authorizations to travel, or passports, to the major issues; identify potential barriers to settlement; call counsel on the other side to discuss the issues, disclosure; agreements, an agenda and potential for settlement; if the party on the other side is self represented, ensure that he or she is informed about the purpose of a case conference; potential orders that can be made; the issues you have identified and your client s position, the obligation to disclose, and any orders you will be asking the judge to make; if a protection order has been granted, or one of the parties is subject to bail conditions restricting contact, ensure exceptions are in place to permit contact for the purpose of the conference; if you have reached consent on any issues, have draft terms prepared; and identify any legal or factual issues you want the judge to comment on (for or against your client). review the purpose of the family case conference; 4 Even though financial issues are not dealt with in Family Case Conferences, orders for disclosure can be made.

5 (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i) (j) (k) (l) review orders that can be made by the judge (including if your client does not show up), and the limitations of a family case conference; review the issues raised by all sides; ensure your client has provided appropriate disclosure and if not review what is required and when your client can provide it; advise your client of what typically happens at a conference; ensure he/she is advised as to possible outcomes of the issues at trial; advise your client on potential settlement options and alternatives, including the costs of litigation both personal and financial; encourage your client to be flexible and open to hearing and discussing settlement options; let he/she know their participation will be welcomed; advise he/she they must treat the other side with respect, and listen to what is said; advise your client that the conference will be privileged and what that means, and that the judge will not be the trial judge if the matter proceeds; advise your client of the appropriate dress for court, and other protocols, including cell phones, food/beverages, etc. (3) Have a plan or strategy for settlement, starting with the less controversial issues. (4) Have a plan or strategy for dealing with delay or avoidance by the other side: (b) (c) deal with disclosure by setting dates; deal with issue of experts; set dates for a mediation, hearing, pre-trial conference or trial; Note that the court can make any order that can be made at a pre-trial conference under Rule 8(4). (5) If either party is stuck in their position, strategize how to communicate this to the judge in a manner that gives the judge enough information about the issues without inflaming matters. (6) Summarize any information that will be helpful, such as past contact or parenting time schedules; particulars of late delivery to school; etc. (7) Consider requesting a further family case conference if there is some appetite for settlement. (8) Do not: (b) (c) (d) prepare a brief that is aggressively adversarial; make personal attacks against the other side or their counsel or use inflammatory language; concentrate only on what your client wants to hear, but rather take the opportunity to ensure your client also hears what he or she needs to hear; present an agenda or brief without providing it well in advance to the other side, particularly if they are unrepresented;

6 2.3.5 IV. CFCSA Case Conferences Child and Family and Community Services Act case conferences are governed by Rule 2 of the Provincial Court (Child Family and Community Service Act) Rules. 5 Section 2(1) provides that if at the commencement of a protection hearing a consent order is not made and the matter cannot be heard that day, the judge must direct the parties and their lawyers to attend a case conference. The parties can request or be directed to attend case conferences at other times in the litigation, if the court deems it appropriate. Of course, the parties and their counsel are entitled pursuant to Rule 2(8) to attend the conference, however, it is not uncommon to have others attend, as well, including individuals from the community who are supportive of one or both of the parties, other family members involved in the care of the child(ren), or the child(ren), where appropriate. The attendance of non-parties is permitted at the judge s discretion. Rule 2(5) sets out what the judge can do at the case conference: facilitate the resolution of any issues in dispute; (b) mediate any issues in dispute, other than the issue of whether the child needs protection; (c) with the consent of the parties, refer any issue, other than the issue of whether a child needs protection, to mediation or other alternative dispute resolution mechanism under s. 22 of the Act; (d) decide any issues that do not require evidence or that can be decided on the basis of facts agreed to by the parties; (e) make any order in the terms the parties agree to subject to section 60 of the Act; (f) review the adequacy of disclosure by the parties including responses to requests for disclosure under s. 64 of the Act; (g) order that a party provide to another party, within a set time, a summary of the intended evidence of a potential witness; (h) order a party to allow another party to inspect and copy specific documents or records to the extent permitted by the Act; (i) order that those applications that cannot be made at the case conference be brought within a set time; (j) (k) order that a statement of agreed facts be filed within a set time; give directions about any evidence that will be required, how it will be received and the procedure that will be followed, if a hearing is necessary or a mini-hearing is directed; (l) order a party to produce anything as evidence at a hearing; (m) direct that any further case conference be held before the same judge; (n) with the consent of the parties, direct the parties to attend a mini-hearing if (i) the matter can be resolved on the basis of limited evidence and submissions, and (ii) a mini-hearing can be held earlier than the matter could be set for a full hearing; (o) without hearing witnesses, give a non-binding opinion on the probable outcome of a hearing; (p) set a date for a hearing or mini-hearing; (q) make any other order or give any direction for the fair and efficient resolution of the issues. The same tips set out above can be applied to CFCSA case conferences. 5 BC Reg. 533/95.

Judicial Case Conferences. I. Requirement to Attend Judicial Case Conference

Judicial Case Conferences. I. Requirement to Attend Judicial Case Conference USING CONFERENCES EFFECTIVELY [ 0.0] Judicial Case Conferences Judicial case conferences ( JCCs ) are in camera, without prejudice meetings of the parties, their lawyers, and a judge or master. JCCs are

More information

ACTIONS FOR CUSTODY, PARTIAL CUSTODY, AND VISITATION OF MINOR CHILDREN

ACTIONS FOR CUSTODY, PARTIAL CUSTODY, AND VISITATION OF MINOR CHILDREN ACTIONS FOR CUSTODY, PARTIAL CUSTODY, AND VISITATION OF MINOR CHILDREN L-1915.1 SCOPE (a) These Rules shall apply to actions for custody, partial custody, and visitation of minor children and to modification

More information

SCHEDULE 13 DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE. In this Schedule, in addition to the definitions set out in Section 1.1 of the Agreement:

SCHEDULE 13 DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE. In this Schedule, in addition to the definitions set out in Section 1.1 of the Agreement: SCHEDULE 13 DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE 1. INTERPRETATION 1.1 Definitions In this Schedule, in addition to the definitions set out in Section 1.1 of the Agreement: "Dispute" means any disagreement, failure

More information

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Citation: Merlo v. Canada (Attorney General), 2013 BCSC 1136 Date: 20130625 Docket: S122255 Registry: Vancouver Between: Brought under the Class Proceedings Act,

More information

A Practical Summary of the New Supreme Court Civil Rules for Clark Wilson LLP Insurance Clients

A Practical Summary of the New Supreme Court Civil Rules for Clark Wilson LLP Insurance Clients A Practical Summary of the New Supreme Court Civil Rules for Clark Wilson LLP Insurance Clients by: Jennifer Loeb Clark Wilson LLP tel. 604.891.7766 jrl@cwilson.com Edited by: Larry Munn Clark Wilson LLP

More information

Case4:12-cv-03288-KAW Document2-1 Filed06/25/12 Page1 of 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND DIVISION

Case4:12-cv-03288-KAW Document2-1 Filed06/25/12 Page1 of 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND DIVISION Case4:12-cv-03288-KAW Document2-1 Filed06/25/12 Page1 of 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, OAKLAND DIVISION STANDING ORDER FOR MAGISTRATE JUDGE KANDIS A. WESTMORE (Revised

More information

RULE 63 DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

RULE 63 DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW RULE 63 DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW Definitions (1) In this rule, Application claim for relief includes a child support order, a spousal support order, a custody order, a property order, and corollary relief

More information

Family Law Client Information Package

Family Law Client Information Package Family Law Client Information Package The end of a relationship can be very difficult. In addition to the obvious emotional issues, couples are often faced with challenging financial and legal problems.

More information

Advice Note. An overview of civil proceedings in England. Introduction

Advice Note. An overview of civil proceedings in England. Introduction Advice Note An overview of civil proceedings in England Introduction There is no civil code in England; English civil law comprises of essentially legislation by Parliament and decisions by the courts.

More information

MODEL DIRECTIONS FOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES (2012) - before Master Roberts and Master Cook

MODEL DIRECTIONS FOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES (2012) - before Master Roberts and Master Cook MODEL DIRECTIONS FOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES (2012) - before Master Roberts and Master Cook Introductory note. These are the Model Directions for use in the first Case Management Conference in clinical

More information

Sample MEDIATION IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Sample MEDIATION IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS Sample MEDIATION IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS Upon order of the Court, a domestic relations matter filed in this Court may be submitted to mediation as provided in this Rule. A. A Domestic Relations case may

More information

PRACTICE DIRECTION NUMBER 11 OF 2012 SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND SUPERVISED CASE LIST

PRACTICE DIRECTION NUMBER 11 OF 2012 SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND SUPERVISED CASE LIST PRACTICE DIRECTION NUMBER 11 OF 2012 SUPREME COURT OF QUEENSLAND SUPERVISED CASE LIST 1. Practice Direction No 6 of 2000 is hereby repealed. 2. This Practice Direction is intended to (a) provide some explanation

More information

Exhibit A PROCEDURES OF THE SUPERIOR COURTS OF THE CONASAUGA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF GEORGIA FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Exhibit A PROCEDURES OF THE SUPERIOR COURTS OF THE CONASAUGA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF GEORGIA FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION Exhibit A PROCEDURES OF THE SUPERIOR COURTS OF THE CONASAUGA JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF GEORGIA FOR ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION These amended ADR procedures apply to the Superior Courts of Whitfield and Murray

More information

Court Record Access Policy

Court Record Access Policy SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Court Record Access Policy The Supreme Court of British Columbia 800 Smithe Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E1 www.courts.gov.bc.ca Page 1 of 39 TABLE OF CONTENTS PART I: GENERAL

More information

If you have been sued as a defendant in a civil case...keep reading.

If you have been sued as a defendant in a civil case...keep reading. If you have been sued as a defendant in a civil case...keep reading. Court procedures can be complex. This brochure was developed to help Ohioans who are considering representing themselves in court. It

More information

ISSUES PAPER: FAMILY LAW RULES ALBERTA RULES OF COURT PROJECT

ISSUES PAPER: FAMILY LAW RULES ALBERTA RULES OF COURT PROJECT ISSUES PAPER: FAMILY LAW RULES ALBERTA RULES OF COURT PROJECT October 2002 INTRODUCTION The Rules Project [1] The Alberta Rules of Court (the Rules) govern practice and procedure in the Alberta Court of

More information

NOTICE TO PROFESSION CHANGES TO THE FAMILY LAW RULES IN FORCE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

NOTICE TO PROFESSION CHANGES TO THE FAMILY LAW RULES IN FORCE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 NOTICE TO PROFESSION CHANGES TO THE FAMILY LAW RULES IN FORCE SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 Please note that O. Reg. 383/11 1 comes into force on September 1, 2011. In summary, the regulation makes the following changes:

More information

SUMMARY OF CHANGES COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES

SUMMARY OF CHANGES COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES SUMMARY OF CHANGES COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES Amended and Effective October 1, 2013 SIGNIFICANT CHANGES: 1. Mediation R-9. Mediation: Mediation is increasingly relied upon and is an accepted part of

More information

What to Expect In Your Lawsuit

What to Expect In Your Lawsuit What to Expect In Your Lawsuit A lawsuit is a marathon not a sprint. Stewart R. Albertson. There is a saying that the wheels of justice move slowly. That is as true today as when it was initially stated.

More information

DISCOVERY MOTIONS AND THE DISCOVERY FACILITATOR PROGRAM.

DISCOVERY MOTIONS AND THE DISCOVERY FACILITATOR PROGRAM. DISCOVERY MOTIONS AND THE DISCOVERY FACILITATOR PROGRAM. 1.0 Mandatory Referral to Discovery Facilitator Program 1.1 Any party wishing to file a discovery motion must first serve a Request for Assignment

More information

Schedule of Forms SCHEDULE OF FORMS 3. Nil

Schedule of Forms SCHEDULE OF FORMS 3. Nil Queen s Bench Forms SCHEDULE OF FORMS 3 Schedule of Forms FORMS FOR PART 1 [Foundational Rules] Form R Nil rule No. Form No. Source FORMS FOR PART 2 [Parties to Litigation] Form R rule No. Form No. Source

More information

The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION CASE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES GENERAL GUIDELINES

The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION CASE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES GENERAL GUIDELINES The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION CASE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES GENERAL GUIDELINES With the advent of the revised Rules of Court, it was thought appropriate to issue

More information

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ALASKA ORDER NO. 1682. Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling; Management.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ALASKA ORDER NO. 1682. Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling; Management. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ALASKA ORDER NO. 1682 Amending Civil Rules 16, 26, 33, 34, 37, and 45 concerning Discovery of Electronic Information IT IS ORDERED: 1. Civil Rule 16 is amended to read

More information

Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem for Children in Family Court

Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem for Children in Family Court Guidelines for Guardians ad Litem for Children in Family Court Preamble The following are guidelines for attorneys and non-lawyer volunteers appointed as guardians ad litem for children in most family

More information

PRACTICE NOTE: LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: CODE OF CONDUCT

PRACTICE NOTE: LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: CODE OF CONDUCT PRACTICE NOTE: LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: CODE OF CONDUCT 1 INTRODUCTION AND COMMENCEMENT 1.1 This Code of Conduct for lawyers appointed to act for children in Family Court proceedings replaces the previous

More information

Rule 60A - Child and Adult Protection

Rule 60A - Child and Adult Protection Rule 60A - Child and Adult Protection Scope of Rule 60A 60A.01(1) This Rule is divided into four parts and it provides procedure for each of the following: (c) (d) protection of a child, and other purposes,

More information

General Practice Direction Direction given under section 18B of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975

General Practice Direction Direction given under section 18B of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 General Practice Direction Direction given under section 18B of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 Administrative Appeals Tribunal / General Practice Direction 1 Contents General Practice Direction...

More information

FACT SHEET FOR JUDGE SAM SPARKS

FACT SHEET FOR JUDGE SAM SPARKS FACT SHEET FOR JUDGE SAM SPARKS CIVIL CASES Contacting the Court 1. Who should be contacted regarding scheduling matters? Contact Linda Mizell, Judicial Assistant, at (512) 916-5230, and/or the law clerk

More information

Singapore International Commercial Court Practice Directions (Amendment No. 1 of 2016) Part X: Originating Processes and Documents

Singapore International Commercial Court Practice Directions (Amendment No. 1 of 2016) Part X: Originating Processes and Documents Singapore International Commercial Court Practice Directions (Amendment No. 1 of 2016) Part X: Originating Processes and Documents 66A. Timelines for proceedings commenced by Writ of Summons and by Originating

More information

COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA Q.B. FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 3 FAMILY LAW CONFERENCES. (For matters under Part 12 of the Alberta Rules of Court)

COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA Q.B. FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 3 FAMILY LAW CONFERENCES. (For matters under Part 12 of the Alberta Rules of Court) COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA Q.B. FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 3 FAMILY LAW CONFERENCES (For matters under Part 12 of the Alberta Rules of Court) EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2011 Pursuant to Rule 4.11, a Court-directed

More information

Model Order clinical negligence duty-causation-quantum outside RCJ

Model Order clinical negligence duty-causation-quantum outside RCJ Warning: you must comply with the terms imposed upon you by this order otherwise your case is liable to be struck out or some other sanction imposed. If you cannot comply you are expected to make formal

More information

GeneralTerms. andconditions

GeneralTerms. andconditions LSTariffs GeneralTerms andconditions General Terms and Conditions Introduction Welcome to LSS Tariffs, the guide to how the Legal Services Society compensates lawyers for their work on legal aid referrals.

More information

MEMORANDUM ON OFFERS TO SETTLE. 1. What is an Offer to Settle? 2. Why Make an Offer to Settle? 3. How Can it Help to Make an Offer to Settle?

MEMORANDUM ON OFFERS TO SETTLE. 1. What is an Offer to Settle? 2. Why Make an Offer to Settle? 3. How Can it Help to Make an Offer to Settle? MEMORANDUM ON OFFERS TO SETTLE 1. What is an Offer to Settle? 2. Why Make an Offer to Settle? 3. How Can it Help to Make an Offer to Settle? The purpose of this memorandum is to assist you in understanding

More information

58 th UIA CONGRESS Florence / Italy October 29 November 2, 2014 FAMILY LAW COMMISSSION. Family Law Mediation and the Role of Today s Family Lawyer

58 th UIA CONGRESS Florence / Italy October 29 November 2, 2014 FAMILY LAW COMMISSSION. Family Law Mediation and the Role of Today s Family Lawyer 58 th UIA CONGRESS Florence / Italy October 29 November 2, 2014 FAMILY LAW COMMISSSION Friday, October 31, 2014 Family Law Mediation and the Role of Today s Family Lawyer Family Mediation in Florida Donna

More information

PRACTICE DIRECTION AMENDMENTS

PRACTICE DIRECTION AMENDMENTS PRACTICE DIRECTION AMENDMENTS The new Practice Direction Case Management Pilot supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 is made by the President of the Court of Protection under the powers delegated

More information

The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION PROCEDURES: A REFERENCE GUIDE

The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel SURVEY OF INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION PROCEDURES: A REFERENCE GUIDE Responses submitted by: Name: Roddy Bourke Law Firm/Company: McCann FitzGerald Location: Dublin, Ireland 1. Would your jurisdiction be described as a common law or civil code jurisdiction? The Republic

More information

A Guide to. Procedures in. Family Court

A Guide to. Procedures in. Family Court Inside this Guide A Guide to 1 Information before You Start 2 Starting a Family Case Application (General) Simple Application Divorce only Joint Application 3 Answers Procedures in Family Court 4 Financial

More information

1. As of August 31, 2014, there were 27,588 cases pending before the Court. The petitioners were self-represented in 19,721 (71%) of those cases.

1. As of August 31, 2014, there were 27,588 cases pending before the Court. The petitioners were self-represented in 19,721 (71%) of those cases. International Association of Tax Judges Fifth Assembly, Washington, D.C. October 23 and 24, 2014 Panel on Protection of Taxpayer in Court Special Trial Judge Lewis R. Carluzzo United States Tax Court I.

More information

STANDARD 3.5 ON ASSISTANCE TO PRO SE LITIGANTS

STANDARD 3.5 ON ASSISTANCE TO PRO SE LITIGANTS STANDARD 3.5 ON ASSISTANCE TO PRO SE LITIGANTS STANDARD In appropriate circumstances, a provider may offer pro se litigants assistance or limited representation at various stages of proceedings. COMMENTARY

More information

Law Society of Saskatchewan Queen s Bench Rules of Court webinars Part 1: Overview

Law Society of Saskatchewan Queen s Bench Rules of Court webinars Part 1: Overview Law Society of Saskatchewan Queen s Bench Rules of Court webinars Part 1: Overview Reché McKeague Director of Research, Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan January 28, 2013 Table of Contents 1. Introduction...

More information

An Overview of the Intersect between the Family Law Act, Criminal Code and the Ministry of Children and Family Development

An Overview of the Intersect between the Family Law Act, Criminal Code and the Ministry of Children and Family Development FAMILY LAW FOR NON-FAMILY LAWYERS PAPER 5.1 An Overview of the Intersect between the Family Law Act, Criminal Code and the Ministry of Children and Family Development These materials were prepared by Graham

More information

COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 8 PARENTING TIME/PARENTING RESPONSIBILITIES ASSESSMENTS 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS

COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 8 PARENTING TIME/PARENTING RESPONSIBILITIES ASSESSMENTS 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Practice Note 8 COURT OF QUEEN S BENCH OF ALBERTA FAMILY LAW PRACTICE NOTE 8 PARENTING TIME/PARENTING RESPONSIBILITIES ASSESSMENTS 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS PURPOSE AND APPLICATION.....................................

More information

Counsel must be fully familiar with the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme Court 22 NYCRR Part 202.

Counsel must be fully familiar with the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme Court 22 NYCRR Part 202. JUSTICE GERALD E. LOEHR, J.S.C. Rockland County Supreme Court 1 South Main Street New City, New York 10956 Courtroom 1 Tel: (845) 483-8343 Fax: (845) 708-7236 Staff Bruce J. Pearl, Principal Law Secretary

More information

COURT CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM GENERAL GUIDELINES

COURT CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM GENERAL GUIDELINES COURT CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION...2 GUIDELINE: ASSIGNMENT COURT...3 Goal of Assignment Courts... 3 Matters Which Will Be Booked Into Assignment Courts... 3 Location and Number

More information

CASE CONFERENCES IN THE FAMILY COURT

CASE CONFERENCES IN THE FAMILY COURT Case Conferences in the Family Court Page 1 CASE CONFERENCES IN THE FAMILY COURT A summary guide for lawyers 1. BACKGROUND Case conferences are part of the Future Directions Committee initiatives introduced

More information

SELECT SERVICES FLAT FEE REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT page 1 of 8

SELECT SERVICES FLAT FEE REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT page 1 of 8 Utah Family Law, LC Tel. No. 801-466-9277 E-mail: eric@divorceutah.com Attorney Eric K. Johnson - Attorney Russell W. Hartvigsen Mail: 2666 South 2000 East, Suite 101 Salt Lake City Utah 84109 REMEMBER:

More information

ROLE OF ATTORNEYS IN MEDIATION PROCESS

ROLE OF ATTORNEYS IN MEDIATION PROCESS ROLE OF ATTORNEYS IN MEDIATION PROCESS Overview A party who chooses to resolve a dispute through mediation may or may not be represented by a lawyer at any point in the process. At the option of the party,

More information

FAMILY LAW AMENDMENT (ARBITRATION AND OTHER MEASURES) RULES 2015 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT. Explanatory Statement to F2015L02119

FAMILY LAW AMENDMENT (ARBITRATION AND OTHER MEASURES) RULES 2015 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT. Explanatory Statement to F2015L02119 FAMILY LAW AMENDMENT (ARBITRATION AND OTHER MEASURES) RULES 2015 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT 1 Table of Contents 1. GENERAL OUTLINE 4 Schedule 1 Amendments relating to arbitration 4 Schedule 2 Amendments relating

More information

1.1 Explain the general obligations of a claimant and defendant under the Practice Direction on Pre- Action Conduct ( PD-PDC )

1.1 Explain the general obligations of a claimant and defendant under the Practice Direction on Pre- Action Conduct ( PD-PDC ) Title Preparations for Personal Injury trials Level 4 Credit value 10 Learning outcomes The learner will: 1 Understand the procedures which a litigant should follow before court proceedings are issued

More information

The Case Planning Conference

The Case Planning Conference The Case Planning Conference The purpose of a Case Planning Conference (CPC) is to bring the parties together early in the litigation to talk about how the case will proceed. A CPC is not mandatory, but

More information

Homeline CLE Top Ten Ethical Issue That Impact Family Law Lawyers

Homeline CLE Top Ten Ethical Issue That Impact Family Law Lawyers Homeline CLE Top Ten Ethical Issue That Impact Family Law Lawyers I. Safekeeping Property. A. Rule 1.15 of Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct requires a lawyer representing a party to safe keep their

More information

Civil Scheduling and Practice 6. What is the preferred method for setting a civil motions hearing, other than in open court?

Civil Scheduling and Practice 6. What is the preferred method for setting a civil motions hearing, other than in open court? Judge Contact Information 1. Please enter your name and contact information. Name: - Bradley G. Zell Email Address: - Phone Number: - 605-367-5920 Attorney Contact 2. Generally, how do you prefer attorney

More information

HOMESELLERS/HOMEBUYERS DISPUTE RESOLUTION MEDIATION PROGRAM

HOMESELLERS/HOMEBUYERS DISPUTE RESOLUTION MEDIATION PROGRAM HOMESELLERS/HOMEBUYERS DISPUTE RESOLUTION MEDIATION PROGRAM ---------------- A FAST, EASY, AND INEXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE TO LITIGATION --------------- 5300 International Blvd.,Suite C-105 Charleston, SC

More information

1.1 Explain the general obligations of a claimant and defendant under the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct ( PD-PAC )

1.1 Explain the general obligations of a claimant and defendant under the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct ( PD-PAC ) Title Preparations for Personal Injury Trials Level 4 Credit value 10 Learning outcomes The learner will: 1 Understand the procedures which a litigant should follow before court proceedings are issued

More information

Dependant Support Claim Against an Estate. 1. Review the legislation and case law and identify relevant information and documentation

Dependant Support Claim Against an Estate. 1. Review the legislation and case law and identify relevant information and documentation Dependant Support Claim Against an Estate 1. Review the legislation and case law and identify relevant information and documentation Review Part V of the Succession Law Reform Act (the "SLRA"), titled

More information

PUBLIC LAW PROCEEDINGS GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT: APRIL 2010

PUBLIC LAW PROCEEDINGS GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT: APRIL 2010 PRACTICE DIRECTION PART 12A PRACTICE DIRECTION 12A PUBLIC LAW PROCEEDINGS GUIDE TO CASE MANAGEMENT: APRIL 2010 Scope 1.1 This Practice Direction applies to care and supervision proceedings. In so far as

More information

CROSS-BORDER INSOLVENCY PROTOCOL FOR 360NETWORKS INC. AND ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES

CROSS-BORDER INSOLVENCY PROTOCOL FOR 360NETWORKS INC. AND ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES CROSS-BORDER INSOLVENCY PROTOCOL FOR 360NETWORKS INC. AND ITS AFFILIATED COMPANIES 1. Certain defined terms used in this Protocol shall have the meanings assigned to them in Appendix A. 2. The 360 Group

More information

Trial Preparation: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Winning Your Trial

Trial Preparation: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Winning Your Trial ADVOCACY CONFERENCE PAPER 3.2 Trial Preparation: Tips, Tricks and Tactics for Winning Your Trial These materials were prepared by Georgialee A. Lang of The Law Offices of Georgialee Lang and Ben Ingram,

More information

Practices and Procedures for Appeals under Section 11.1 of the School Act

Practices and Procedures for Appeals under Section 11.1 of the School Act Practices and Procedures for Appeals under Section 11.1 of the School Act 1 Table of Contents Introduction... 4 PART 1 GENERAL... 5 1. Definitions... 5 2. Communication through Registrar... 5 3. Filing

More information

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2013-064 PA/PI-CIR

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2013-064 PA/PI-CIR IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR PASCO AND PINELLAS COUNTIES, FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2013-064 PA/PI-CIR RE: PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES Rule 1.200(c) of the Florida Rules of

More information

Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims

Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims Guidance for the instruction of experts in civil claims Introduction 1. The purpose of this guidance is to assist litigants, those instructing experts and experts to understand best practice in complying

More information

Overview of the Civil Litigation Process

Overview of the Civil Litigation Process Overview of the Civil Litigation Process This guidebook gives you an overview of the different levels of courts in BC, as well as an overview of the civil litigation process. You should also read the guidebook,

More information

: : before this court (the Court Annexed Mediation Program ); and

: : before this court (the Court Annexed Mediation Program ); and UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - In re: ADOPTION OF PROCEDURES GOVERNING : MEDIATION OF MATTERS AND THE

More information

FAMILY COURT PRACTICE NOTE LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: SELECTION, APPOINTMENT AND OTHER MATTERS

FAMILY COURT PRACTICE NOTE LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: SELECTION, APPOINTMENT AND OTHER MATTERS PRINCIPAL FAMILY COURT JUDGE S CHAMBERS FAMILY COURT PRACTICE NOTE LAWYER FOR THE CHILD: SELECTION, APPOINTMENT AND OTHER MATTERS 1 BACKGROUND 1.1 The terms of this Practice Note have been settled in consultation

More information

PART 15: FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS

PART 15: FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS PART 15: FAMILY LAW PROCEEDINGS What this Part is about: This Part applies to family law proceedings, which include proceedings under The Adoption Act, 1998, The Child and Family Services Act, The Children

More information

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE NO.: 16- DIVISION: CV- vs. Plaintiff, Defendant. ORDER SETTING CASE FOR JURY TRIAL AND PRETRIAL CONFERENCE AND REQUIRING

More information

United States District Court

United States District Court Case 4:11-cv-00655-RC-ALM Document 184 Filed 03/26/13 Page 1 of 5 PageID #: 3232 United States District Court EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS SHERMAN DIVISION SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION v. Civil Action

More information

LOCAL RULES SUPERIOR COURT of CALIFORNIA, COUNTY of ORANGE DIVISION 7 FAMILY LAW

LOCAL RULES SUPERIOR COURT of CALIFORNIA, COUNTY of ORANGE DIVISION 7 FAMILY LAW DIVISION 7 FAMILY LAW Rule Effective 700. Subject Matter of the Family Law Court 07/01/2011 700.5 Attorneys and Self Represented Parties 07/01/2011 700.6 Family Law Filings 01/01/2012 701. Assignment of

More information

Ministry of Attorney General Justice Services Branch Civil and Family Law Policy Office. Family Relations Act Review. Chapter 12

Ministry of Attorney General Justice Services Branch Civil and Family Law Policy Office. Family Relations Act Review. Chapter 12 Ministry of Attorney General Justice Services Branch Civil and Family Law Policy Office Family Relations Act Review Chapter 12 Discussion Paper Prepared by the Civil and Family Law Policy Office August

More information

Rules of the Supreme Court, 1986 PRACTICE NOTE. P.N. (TD) No. 2002-01

Rules of the Supreme Court, 1986 PRACTICE NOTE. P.N. (TD) No. 2002-01 Rules of the Supreme Court, 1986 PRACTICE NOTE P.N. (TD) No. 2002-01 DATE ISSUED: June 20, 2002 RULES AFFECTED: 8.06; 8.07; 8.08 EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon publication PREVIOUS PRACTICE NOTES REVISED: N/A The

More information

RECENT MEDIATION INITIATIVES IN THE FAMILY COURT & FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT

RECENT MEDIATION INITIATIVES IN THE FAMILY COURT & FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT RECENT MEDIATION INITIATIVES IN THE FAMILY COURT & FEDERAL MAGISTRATES COURT Presented by Maurice Edwards, Senior Consultant/Mediator, Watts McCray Lawyers Family Law Proceedings Prior to 1976 The Matrimonial

More information

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution Alternative Dispute Resolution Guiding Principle Employing alternate dispute resolution techniques in contractual disagreements may result in equitable settlements without going through the formal litigation

More information

INSTRUCTIONS TO FILE FOR A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OR LEGAL SEPARATION IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN OF THIS MARRIAGE OR THE CHILDREN ARE EMANCIPATED

INSTRUCTIONS TO FILE FOR A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OR LEGAL SEPARATION IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN OF THIS MARRIAGE OR THE CHILDREN ARE EMANCIPATED INSTRUCTIONS TO FILE FOR A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE OR LEGAL SEPARATION IF THERE ARE NO CHILDREN OF THIS MARRIAGE OR THE CHILDREN ARE EMANCIPATED These standard instructions are for informational purposes

More information

Local Rules of the District Courts of Montgomery County, Texas

Local Rules of the District Courts of Montgomery County, Texas Local Rules of the District Courts of Montgomery County, Texas Purpose The Local Rules of the District Courts of Montgomery County have as their primary purpose the management of the court dockets sensibly,

More information

LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION

LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION Section _.1 What is Limit Scope Representation Section _.2 Scope of Representation Rule 4-1.2(c) Section _.3 Communication Rule 4-1.2(e) Section _.4 Appearance and Withdrawal

More information

Family Law Practice Division 2014-15

Family Law Practice Division 2014-15 40 attendees including representatives from each jurisdiction s legal aid commission The Family Law Practice Division of the Commission provides advice and representation to people who qualify for legal

More information

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 14-23

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 14-23 SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 14-23 Revised Case Management Plan for the Domestic Relations Branch WHEREAS, the 2013-2017 Strategic Plan of the District of Columbia Courts,

More information

JUDICIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES

JUDICIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES JUDICIAL PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES BANKRUPTCY JUDGE BRUCE FOX Judge Fox received a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1971 and a J.D. degree from Harvard University Law

More information

Representing Yourself. Your Family Law Trial

Representing Yourself. Your Family Law Trial Representing Yourself at Your Family Law Trial - A Guide - June 2013 REPRESENTING YOURSELF AT YOUR FAMILY LAW TRIAL IN THE ONTARIO COURT OF JUSTICE This is intended to help you represent yourself in a

More information

The Judges of the Fulton Superior Court hereby create a "Business Case Division" (hereinafter referred to as the "Division").

The Judges of the Fulton Superior Court hereby create a Business Case Division (hereinafter referred to as the Division). SUPREME COURT OF GEORGIA Atlanta October 11, 2012 The Honorable Supreme Court met pursuant to adjournment. The following order was passed: It is ordered that Paragraph 5 of Atlanta Judicial Circuit Rule

More information

EVALUATION OF THE OTTAWA FAMILY CASE MANAGER PILOT PROJECT- YEAR ONE

EVALUATION OF THE OTTAWA FAMILY CASE MANAGER PILOT PROJECT- YEAR ONE EVALUATION OF THE OTTAWA FAMILY CASE MANAGER PILOT PROJECT- YEAR ONE INTRODUCTION In August 2005, faced with unacceptable time delays in scheduling court appearances, a group of Ottawa family lawyers formed

More information

Alternatives to Going to Court

Alternatives to Going to Court Alternatives to Going to Court Going to trial to have a judge hear evidence and make a decision is sometimes the most effective way of resolving a difficult legal dispute. However, it is also one of the

More information

litigating in Canada

litigating in Canada the civil justice system In Canada, the federal and provincial governments share the power to make law. The administration of justice in the civil courts, as well as most aspects of private law, lies within

More information

MEDIATION PROCEDURES FOR RESOLVING BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS DISPUTES

MEDIATION PROCEDURES FOR RESOLVING BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS DISPUTES 6465 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 470 Minneapolis, MN 55426 Phone: 800-474-2371 Fax: 952-345-1160 www.adrforum.com MEDIATION PROCEDURES FOR RESOLVING BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS DISPUTES July 11, 2014 1 FORUM Request

More information

B R e s t o R i n g C o n f i d e n C e

B R e s t o R i n g C o n f i d e n C e B u i l d i n g B C Options for Resolving Residential Construction Disputes R e s t o r i n g C o n f i d e n c e Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Main entry under title: Options for resolving

More information

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Citation: Between: And Richard v. British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 1290 William Joseph Richard and W.H.M. Date: 20140714 Docket: S024338 Registry: Vancouver Plaintiffs

More information

Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia

Rules for Admission to the Practice of Law in West Virginia STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA At a Regular Term of the Supreme Court of Appeals, continued and held at Charleston, Kanawha County, on September 29, 2014, the following order was made and entered: Re: Approval

More information

Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal bylaws

Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal bylaws Ministry of the Attorney General Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal bylaws in Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General March

More information

Sample Arbitration Clauses with Comments

Sample Arbitration Clauses with Comments Sample Arbitration Clauses with Comments BRIEF DESCRIPTION Arbitrations are creatures of contract. Thus, the parties can shape an arbitration proceeding to a great extent in their arbitration agreements.

More information

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS JUVENILE COURT DEPARTMENT JUVENILE COURT RULES

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS JUVENILE COURT DEPARTMENT JUVENILE COURT RULES COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS JUVENILE COURT DEPARTMENT JUVENILE COURT RULES FOR THE CARE AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN Rule 1. Scope of Rules These rules apply to all actions in the Juvenile Court Department

More information

Civil Law Town Hall Meeting. October 30, 2013. Edmonton Courthouse, Courtroom 317 MINUTES

Civil Law Town Hall Meeting. October 30, 2013. Edmonton Courthouse, Courtroom 317 MINUTES Civil Law Town Hall Meeting October 30, 2013 Edmonton Courthouse, Courtroom 317 MINUTES ATTENDING: Judges/Masters: Nielsen J, QB Civil Law Steering Committee (CLSC); Topolniski J, CLSC, Co-Chair of QB

More information

Accounting and Related Services Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

Accounting and Related Services Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures Accounting and Related Services Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures Rules Amended and Effective February 1, 2015 Available online at adr.org/accounting Table of Contents Introduction.... 6 Standard

More information

Judicial Independence (And What Everyone Should Know About It) 15 March 2012

Judicial Independence (And What Everyone Should Know About It) 15 March 2012 Court of Appeal of British Columbia Supreme Court of British Columbia Provincial Court of British Columbia Introduction Judicial Independence (And What Everyone Should Know About It) 15 March 2012 The

More information

Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Federation of Law Societies of Canada Submission to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in respect of Bill C-44, An Act to Amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts Federation of Law Societies

More information

PRACTICE CHECKLISTS MANUAL

PRACTICE CHECKLISTS MANUAL LAW SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA FAMILY LAW PROCEEDING INTRODUCTION Purpose and currency of checklist. This checklist is designed for use with the CLIENT IDENTIFICATION AND VERIFICATION PROCEDURE (A-1)

More information

Clinical Services at the Office of the Children s Lawyer. By Lucy McSweeney and Nancy Webb 1

Clinical Services at the Office of the Children s Lawyer. By Lucy McSweeney and Nancy Webb 1 Volume 25, No. 1 - October 2012 Family Law Section Clinical Services at the Office of the Children s Lawyer By Lucy McSweeney and Nancy Webb 1 The Office of the Children's Lawyer [ OCL ] is an independent

More information

PARENTING COORDINATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK

PARENTING COORDINATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK PARENTING COORDINATION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK John-Paul Boyd 1 Aaron Gordon & Daykin, Vancouver A. INTRODUCTION In those jurisdictions where parenting coordination services have been

More information

Under the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 "mediation" means mediation by a mediator who has been accredited by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority.

Under the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 mediation means mediation by a mediator who has been accredited by the NSW Rural Assistance Authority. WHAT IS MEDIATION? MEDIATION IS DEFINED AS "The process by which the participants, together with the assistance of a neutral person or persons, systematically isolate disputed issues in order to develop

More information

as in force on 1 st September 2014

as in force on 1 st September 2014 THE TRIBUNAL PROCEDURE (FIRST-TIER TRIBUNAL) (HEALTH, EDUCATION AND SOCIAL CARE CHAMBER) RULES 2008 S.I. 2008 No. 2699 (L. 16) as in force on 1 st September 2014 This document shows the Rules as amended

More information

RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE. August 20, 2015

RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE. August 20, 2015 RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE August 20, 2015 INDEX PART 1 INTRODUCTION... 1 PART 2 GENERAL RULES... 2 Rule 1 How the Rules are Applied... 2 Applying the Rules... 2 Conflict with the Act... 2 Rule 2

More information