How do I prepare for a family law trial?

3. Contact the court

Confirm your court date

You must tell your partner and the court that you will be at your trial date and that you're ready to go ahead. Your partner must do the same.

You each do this by filling out a Form 14C: Confirmation. Write down the amount of time you think you'll need for your trial, the specific issues that will be discussed, and the documents the judge should read.

Give your partner a copy of the form before you give it to the court.

File your form with the court no later than 2:00 p.m. at least 3 days before your hearing date. If you miss this deadline, the hearing may not be held and you will have to get a new date. You can the form in person at the courthouse or by email through the Justice Services Online website. It can no longer be filed by fax.

Special Arrangements

If you or any of your witnesses need an interpreter or any special arrangement because of a disability, you can ask for this at any stage in the court process.

You can speak with any staff member at court about what you need or you can contact the Accessibility Coordinator at the court where your case, , or trial is being held. More information on accessibility at Ontario's courts is available on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website.


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