In order to best serve the public, the Ontario Court of Justice developed a family scheduling policy for the Court. This policy provides guidelines and best practices for the judiciary when scheduling family matters.
All family cases in Ontario are required to follow the Family Law Rules. These are rules of procedure for family cases while a case is in Court. There are 43 rules in total and each rule addresses a specific issue. For example, rule 34 deals exclusively with adoption cases.
The following forms must also be used in Court. Each form has a number that corresponds with a Family Law Rule. For example, Form 34 is used for adoption cases.
- Forms (Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99)
- Forms (Related family forms regulated by Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996)
Assistance in filling out the forms is available.
Family Court Support Worker Program
The Ministry of the Attorney General’s Family Court Support Worker program keeps victims of domestic violence informed and protected throughout the family court process.
Specialized Court at the Ontario Court of Justice
The Ontario Court of Justice has a proud tradition of opening specialized courts. The Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC) is one example of a specialized court. The IDVC provides one judge per family when that family is facing a domestic violence charge and is going through a separation. Information about the IDVC is available online.
If you or one of your witnesses requires an interpreter for a scheduled court date, immediately advise the court office where your case is scheduled to be heard. The Ministry of the Attorney General provides interpreters for child protection matters and for those people who qualify for a fee waiver and who are French-speaking, require sign language or if the Court orders an interpreter. You can find more information about interpreters on the Ministry’s website.
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