Family trials and management conferences during COVID-19

Supreme Court

Family trials and judicial management conferences

If your family trial was adjourned and hasn’t been rebooked, you must either rebook the trial dates or schedule a Judicial Management Conference (JMC) to be heard by phone.

One purpose of a JMC is to discuss how the case has been managed during COVID-19 and how to move the matter forward. The court may want to discuss such things as rebooking trial dates, issues of urgency, narrowing of issues, and alternative dispute resolution options.

To rebook trial dates

  • Contact the other person to find a date that works for both of you.
  • Phone Supreme Court Scheduling at the registry where the trial was to be held. Tell the Supreme Court Scheduling clerk the following information:
    • your file number,
    • that you are rebooking a trial that was displaced by COVID-19,
    • the registry location, and
    • whether a judge is seized of or assigned to the matter.
  • When the trial is scheduled, file and serve the other person with a Notice of Trial (F44).
Supreme Court registries are open and accepting filings in person. The court still prefers that you e-file documents using Court Services Online, or file by email, mail, or fax (to fax filing registries). 

To schedule a JMC to be heard by phone

  • Contact the other person to find a date that works for both of you.
  • Book the JMC online.
  • Complete a Requisition (F17) and serve it on the other person at least 7 days before the JMC. You must include the following information on your form:
    • the date and time of the JMC;
    • the location where the JMC was booked,
    • that the JMC will be heard by phone, and
    • the phone numbers where you and the other person can be contacted for the hearing of the JMC.

In the Requisition, you may also include a list of documents, such as any previously filed trial briefs, trial records, and trial certificates.

Supreme Court registries are open and accepting filings in person. The court still prefers that you e-file documents using Court Services Online, or file by email, mail, or fax (to fax filing registries). 

Trial management conferences

Trial management conferences are generally being held by telephone, unless the court decides otherwise.

The usual timing and filing requirements for trial management conferences resumed on July 27, 2020.

The court holds a trial management conference (TMC) to:

  • assess whether the people involved in a case are ready or able to go to trial, and
  • plan how to hold the trial safely and efficiently.

Properly completed trial briefs help the court with this assessment and planning.

To schedule a trial management conference

  • Contact the other person to find a date that works for both of you.
    • Your TMC must happen at least 28 days before the scheduled trial date.
  • Book the TMC online.
  • Complete a Requisition (F17) and serve it on the other person. Include the following information on your form:
    • the date and time of the TMC;
    • the location where the TMC was booked (but also state that the TMC will be heard by phone); and
    • the phone numbers where you and the other person can be contacted for the hearing of the TMC.
  • See Schedule and prepare for your Supreme Court trial for information about filing the trial brief, trial record, and trial certificate.
Supreme Court registries are open and accepting filings in person. The court still prefers that you e-file documents using Court Services Online, or file by email, mail, or fax (to fax filing registries).