The Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) program operates 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 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 DRO meets with the parties to identify the issues in dispute, explore settlement options and determine if the file is ready to go before a judge. DROs do not have the authority to make orders but are often able to help the parties agree to a settlement to all or part of the case which can then be reviewed and endorsed by a judge. At minimum, DROs can assist in resolving any outstanding issues relating to disclosure and setting a schedule for next steps in the proceeding.
The Superior Court of Justice in collaboration with the Ministry of the Attorney General is seeking candidates to join the London and St. Catharines DRO panels. 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.
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 Upper Canada as a barrister and solicitor
- Family law expertise, including negotiation, litigation and ADR processes
- Advanced knowledge of family court procedures, relevant legislation, and case law
- Exceptional problem solving and dispute resolution skills
- Knowledge of the local Family Court and its family justice participants
- Superior administrative and time management skills
The Application form for admission to the panel is attached to this email.
Send completed Application package to:
DRO Empanelment Coordinator
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
The deadline to apply is April 10, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All applications must be completed in full, including the necessary authorizations, references and approval. 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.
 Retired members may also apply provided that at the time of retirement his or her license was not suspended. Retired Masters and Judges may also apply for admission to the panel.