In BC, when there are child protection concerns and the family disagrees with the Ministry of Children and Family Development about the way forward, a case conference is often scheduled. A case conference is an informal meeting between the parties and a judge to try to resolve the disagreement before positions become hardened and the case escalates to a trial.
When Dan was having a tough time, his friend Chris lent him $7,000. When Dan got back on his feet he promised to repay the loan but didn’t, so Chris finally sued Dan in Small Claims Court. The judge made a payment order that Dan pay $7000 plus interest and expenses to Chris. Dan still hasn’t paid.
When people arrive in a courtroom for their family or civil trial, judges sometimes suggest that they discuss settling their case rather than start the trial right away. This practice can be controversial. Today’s eNews considers the practice and presents arguments on both sides.
There’s no doubt that being involved in a family court trial is stressful. The issues – often affecting relationships with children and/or financial security - are central to people’s lives. And emotions usually run high. If you’re trying to present your case without a lawyer you have the added stress of navigating an unfamiliar court system.
The Office of the Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of BC receives many enquiries about the same topics, so we came up with a way to give you quick answers to some of our most common questions.