Court Charter

The Family Justice Courts are committed to the fair and timely resolution of family cases. The Family Justice Courts target compliance with the timelines in at least 80% of the cases, as prescribed in the Courts Charter below.

 Type of Proceedings  Timeline1
 Service of Summon of Family Violence Case (with Expedited Order)  Within 1 day of filing date
 Service of Summon of Family Violence Case (without Expedited Order)  Within 3 days of filing date
 First Mention of Family Violence Case (with Expedited Order)  Within 1 day of filing date
 First Mention of Family Violence Case (without Expedited Order)  Within 2 weeks of filing date
 First Mediation/Mention (whichever is earlier) of Family Maintenance Cases  Within 3 weeks of filing date
 First Case Conference for Contested Divorce Case  Within 4 weeks of date of set down
 First Case Conference for Ancillary Matters of Divorce Case  Within 6 weeks of date of grant of Interim Judgment
 First Hearing of Family Violence Case  Within 4 weeks of last mention
 First Hearing of Maintenance Case  Within 4 weeks of last mention
 First Hearing of Uncontested Divorce Case  Within 4 weeks of date of set down
 First Hearing of Contested Divorce Case  Within 4 weeks of last Case Conference
 First Hearing of Originating Summons Case  Within 4 weeks of last Case Conference
 First Hearing of Probate Applications  Within 4 weeks of filing date
 Delivery of Judgment  Within 4 weeks of conclusion of hearing or tendering of written submissions after the hearing, whichever is later
 Preparation of Grounds of Decision  Within 3 months of date of filing of appeal
 Family Conferencing for Youth Courts Case  Within 2 weeks of date of panel discussion
 First Hearing of Youth Arrest Case (YAC)  Within 2 weeks of last Pre Trial Conference
 First Mention of Beyond Parental Control (BPC)  Within 4 weeks of filing date
 First Mention of Care Protection Order Case (CPO)  Within 3 weeks of filing date


1 Otherwise stated, all the timelines are in working days.