Notice to the Family Law Bar – Dispute Resolution Officer Program Empanelment

The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) program operates in the Superior Court of Justice in Barrie, Brampton, Durham, Hamilton, Milton, Newmarket, London, St. Catharines, and Toronto. The DRO program provides family litigants with an early evaluation of their case by a neutral third party for the purposes of facilitating settlement and narrowing the issues in dispute. In locations where the DRO program is offered, the initial conference on a Motion to Change is before a DRO rather than a judge.

The Superior Court of Justice, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Attorney General, is seeking candidates to join the DRO panel in any one or more of the nine locations. Candidates admitted to the panel will receive compensation on a fee-for-service basis at the rate of $250.00 per day plus HST if applicable.

French-speaking or bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply to the panel in any one or more of the nine locations. Please note that applications for the Durham panel will only be accepted from French-speaking or bilingual candidates.

Selection criteria include:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of family law
  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario as a barrister and solicitor[1]
  • Family law expertise, including negotiation, litigation, and ADR processes
  • Advanced knowledge of family court procedures, legislation, and case law
  • Exceptional problem solving and dispute resolution skills
  • Knowledge of the local family court and its family justice participants

The Application form for admission to the panel is attached.

Send completed Application packages by mail or email to:

The DRO Empanelment Coordinator
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON
M5G 2K1

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All Applications must be completed in full, including the necessary authorizations and references.  Late or incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening will be contacted.

Accommodation is available under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please be advised that existing DRO panel members are not required to reapply to remain on the panel, but they should advise the Coordinator if they wish to join DRO panels in additional locations.

[1] Retired members may also apply provided that at the time of retirement his or her license was not suspended.  Retired judges may also apply for admission to the panel.