Binding JDR – Notice to the Family Law Bar and Family Litigants – Simcoe, Muskoka, Peterborough, Lindsay, Coburg, Oshawa and Newmarket

Effective August 1, 2023

The Binding Judicial Dispute Resolution (Binding JDR) pilot project was launched in the Simcoe and Muskoka Superior Court of Justice, Family Court Branch on May 14, 2021. It has since been extended to the Family Court Branch in Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg effective March 1, 2022, the Family Court Branch in Oshawa effective June 1, 2022 and in the Newmarket Family Court Branch effective November 1, 2022.

This pilot allows parties in a family law case, on consent, to choose Binding JDR to arrive at a final judicial resolution of their case without the need for a trial.

For information about the Binding JDR Pilot, how to request and schedule a hearing, how to file evidence for the hearing, what to expect at a Binding JDR hearing, and for links to all the Binding JDR forms, please refer to the Practice Advisory Concerning the Superior Court of Justice’s Binding Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) Pilot Project

Contact Information and addresses to file forms

Trial Coordinator offices:
Simcoe and Muskoka:
Peterborough, Lindsay and Cobourg:

Filing forms with the court:

Help from Legal Aid Ontario: 1-800-668-8258 (provincially) or 1-888-616-0119 extension 18

Names of lawyers providing Unbundled Legal Services: (provincially) (Simcoe and Muskoka)
Further additional information and sample forms: Simcoe County Law Association website:
Peterborough County Law Association at and Northumberland Law Association at

Regional Senior Justice
Mark L.J. Edwards

May 10, 2021 – amended August 1, 2023