What is a trial management conference in my family case and what happens at one?

3. Prepare for your trial management conference

Review your partner’s documents

Your partner must you with a copy of their documents at least 4 days before the date of your .

They have to give you their:

But, if your case is at the Superior Court of Justice or the Family Court of the Superior Court of Justice, your partner will give you:

  • an Offer to Settle
  • a draft of their that they will present at trial

You should read these documents carefully. Make sure you understand what your partner is asking for. Think about ways you and your partner can resolve your issues.

Reach out to your partner

Starting May 1, 2022, you must try to reach out to your partner before your trial management conference, if you can, about things like:

  • sharing financial information
  • procedural matters, such as timelines
  • resolving your issues

You can do this in person, in writing, or with the help of a lawyer.

If you don't do this, your trial management conference may be postponed, or you may have to pay your partner's legal costs.

But you might not have to do this in some situations. For example, if there is a no-contact order or there are concerns about by one partner who doesn't have a lawyer.

Confirm your date

You and your partner must tell the court that you're ready to move ahead and that you'll be at your trial management conference.

You each do this by filling out a Form 17F: Confirmation of Conference. Write down the amount of time you think you'll need at the conference, 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.

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

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