Mandatory Information Program in the Family Court Branches
As of September 1, 2011, the Practice Direction for the Mandatory Information Program in the Family Court branches of the Superior Court of Justice is replaced by Rule 8.1 of the Family Law Rules, O. Reg. 114/99.
Application of Practice Direction
(2) As of April 4, 2011, this Practice Direction replaces the Practice Direction for the Mandatory Information Program in the Superior Court of Justice in Ottawa and Newmarket dated November 29, 2010.
Content of Mandatory Information Program
Attendance Compulsory for Contested Cases
(5) Each party in a contested case shall complete a Mandatory Information Program no later than 45 days after the case is started.
(6) In Ottawa, Cornwall, London, L’Orignal, Simcoe County, Hamilton and Kingston, parties in a contested case who require attendance at a French Mandatory Information Program shall complete the Program no later than 60 days after the case is started.
Appointments to Attend
(7) When the applicant files the application, the court clerk shall provide the applicant with a notice setting out the date on which he/she must attend the program (applicant’s notice) and with another notice setting out the date on which the respondent must attend the program (respondent’s notice). The applicant will be required to serve the respondent’s notice with the application. Both parties will be required to bring their notices when they attend the program.
(8) The person who conducts the Mandatory Information Program shall complete a certificate of attendance for each party who attends the Program; the certificate of attendance is on the back of each notice. The notice with the completed certificate of attendance shall be filed as soon as possible, and in any event not later than 2 p.m. 2 days before the day of the case conference, if one is scheduled.
No Other Steps
(9) A party shall not take any step in the case before his or her certificate of attendance is filed, except that a respondent may serve and file an answer and financial statement, an applicant may serve and file a reply, and a party may schedule a case conference.
(10) The court may order that any or all of subsections (5) to (8) do not apply to the party because of urgency or hardship or for some other reason in the interest of justice.
Implementation and Scheduling
(11) This Practice Direction is effective as of April 4, 2011 in the Family Court branches of the Superior Court of Justice and is subject to local scheduling.
Dated, March 14, 2011
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