How to deal with a Judicial Case Conference
Attend the Judicial Case Conference
The Litigants' Guide to Judicial Case Conferences (see step 3) describes in detail what happens at the JCC. Read it again before you go to court.
The one-and-a-half-hour JCC meeting will be held at the courthouse where the Notice of Family Claim (Form F3) was filed, in a courtroom or in a meeting room. On the day of your meeting, check the bulletin board at the courthouse, or ask registry staff for help to find the correct room. Arrive early at the JCC so you're ready to begin promptly at the scheduled time.
What to bring with you
Bring your Litigants' Guide to Judicial Case Conferences and a blank Case Management Plan form and your Financial Statement (Form F8). You should also bring your Affidavits of Service.
What you'll discuss
The judge/master will begin by asking each of you what you think the issues are. Refer to your Litigants' Guide to Judicial Case Conferences and Case Management Plan form when giving your answers.
Then together with the judge/master you'll review different ways to resolve the issue(s). If you have any questions about ways to resolve the issues, this is your chance to ask (for more information about the ways to resolve, see Part II of the Case Management Plan form). Depending on your circumstances, the discussion may focus on how to settle your case, or it might move on to how to manage the case.
Be prepared to share information
You may also discuss pre-trial procedures such as examinations for discovery or disclosure. The judge/master can make orders and directions to see that these pre-trial procedures are carried out.
Managing your case often involves making sure you both have the information you need to have a meaningful settlement discussion. This information is generally the same information you'll need to present in court if the case isn't settled at the JCC. If you haven't already exchanged financial statements, the judge/master may order them to be exchanged within a certain time. He or she may even order both of you to attend another JCC once that has happened.
If an order is made
If the judge or master makes an order at a Judicial Case Conference, use an Order Made at Judicial Case Conference (Form F51.1). See the fact sheet Tips for drafting a Supreme Court order and the self-help guide How to draft a Supreme Court order for more information about how to draft the order.
You've now gone through all the steps required to respond to prepare for, schedule, and attend a Judicial Case Conference in Supreme Court. Thank you for using our self-help guide.
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