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:
- Form 17E: Trial Management Conference Brief
- updated financial information
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.
Confirm your date
You and your partner must tell the court that you will be at your date and that you’re ready to go ahead.
You each do this by filling out a Form 17F: Confirmation of Conference. Write down the amount of time you think you’ll need, the specific issues that will be discussed, and the documents the judge should read.
You can fax the form or take it to the courthouse in person. Do this no later than 2:00 p.m. at least 3 days before your case conference date. If you miss this deadline, the conference may not be held and you will have to get a new date.
You must also give your partner a copy of the form before you give it to the court.