Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Supreme Court of British Columbia: Judicial Case Conferences
Type of service
Family Court Services
A Judicial Case Conference (“JCC”) is a private, informal meeting attended by a judge or master of the Court and the parties to a family law proceeding and their lawyers (if they have lawyers).
A JCC provides an early opportunity for the parties, with the assistance of a judge or master, to discuss ways in which some or all of the issues may be resolved other than by further litigation and trial. If further litigation including a trial is necessary, the JCC provides an opportunity to set a plan for the litigation that will ensure the trial is heard and a decision is made in a just, timely and cost-efficient manner. At the conclusion of the judicial case conference, a Case Management Plan form will be completed and signed by the parties or their lawyers and by the judge or master.
There are a number of topics that the judge or master may consider at a JCC:
- Identifying the issues that are in dispute and those that are not in dispute;
- Exploring ways in which the issues in dispute may be resolved;
- Ensuring disclosure of the relevant evidence;
- Setting the date for a trial and a trial management conference, if appropriate;
- making pre-trial orders; and
- Considering any other matters that may aid in the resolution of the proceeding
The following Web site has further information: http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/supreme_court/practice_and_procedure/practice_directions/family/FPD%20-%2012%20-%20Judicial%20Case%20Conferences%20%28website%29.pdf
Pilot or ongoing service
Supreme Court judiciary
How to access this service
If you are a party to a family law matter, you may request a judicial case conference at any time. Also, a judge or master may direct that a judicial case conference take place at any stage of a family law proceeding.
Please visit the following website for materials relevant Judicial Case Conferences:
Litigants' Guide to Judicial Case Conferences
There are filing fees and fees for trial days and conferences (and other court processes) for actions in Supreme Court.
Governing legislation/legislative authority
Supreme Court Family Rules, Rule 7-1
Please contact the Supreme Court registry nearest you for further information.
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