Support Person If you do not have a lawyer, you may find it helpful to bring a trusted friend or family member with you to provide emotional support, take notes, and organize documents during a family court hearing or trial.
See Resources for Family Cases for information and resources on Provincial Court family matters.
Two Trial Courts People seeking court orders for guardianship of children, parenting arrangements, and child and spousal maintenance under the Family Law Act may go to either the Provincial Court or the Supreme Court of British Columbia, since the courts have “concurrent jurisdiction” in those matters.
And the court’s docket is already filling up with cases that raise consequential and difficult questions about matters as diverse of warrantless police searches, international law, class actions, deference to government, and press freedom.
As the final court of appeal in Canada, the Supreme Court’s nine judges get the last judicial word in resolving disputes, interpreting government legislation, and determining whether government conduct is constitutional.
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Thank you for taking the time to send us your questions and comments.Many people make big mistakes in their family law case that they could have avoided, but you can stop that by letting them know about this page.the attention being paid to the United States Supreme Court nomination battle, one could be forgiven for overlooking the fact that our very own Supreme Court of Canada started a new term this month.If a hearing is needed, the parties provide evidence by testifying and presenting documents and witnesses before a judge in a traditional courtroom.The judge decides the issues by assessing the evidence to determine what facts have been proven and applying the law to those facts.One of the best ways to avoid making mistakes in your divorce or separation is to speak to a family lawyer, Contact John Schuman using the form below.If you found this page helpful, please share it with on your social network using the buttons at the bottom of the page.This flowchart created by the BC Legal Services Society shows the procedure for getting Family Law Act parenting and support orders.And this flowchart shows procedures in child protection cases.For more information and tips on preparing for a hearing (also called a trial) see: What can I expect at a family court trial or hearing?How to prepare for a family court trial Guide to preparing for a family court trial in Provincial Court How to prepare financial documents for Family Court Find links to more information, help with court procedures, and ways to get legal advice at Resources for Family Court.