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Old 02-03-2006, 09:14 PM
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A settlement conference is held before a judge.

Each party exchanges and files conference briefs. The Judge may give an opinion on an outcome, they may schedule a motion date to argue or hear some of the issues or the may order disclosure by one or both parties. The Judge may issue an order such as custody, access but generally they refrain from this practice as conference briefs are unsworn. They may order the involvement of the children's lawyer or they may hold a trial management conference at the same time. Lots of things can happen at a settlement conference.

The idea of a settlement conference is to narrow the issues in dispute between the parties before trial. If nothing is resolved, the next step would be a trial management conference and then trial.

A very small number of cases actually go to trial due to most people tend to settle the issues rather than endure a costly trial. It is expensive to litigate unless you have legal aid. Even then, legal aid only covers so much and is probably insufficient to canvas a case thoroughly.

Check out this link for brochures for family court in Ontario

Last edited by logicalvelocity; 02-03-2006 at 09:19 PM.