Supreme Court

How to deal with a Judicial Case Conference

Who this guide is for

This self-help guide is for you if you're required to or wish to have a Judicial Case Conference (JCC) in BC Supreme Court.

About Judicial Case Conferences

A JCC is a confidential meeting between you, the other party, your lawyers if have them, and a judge or master. It gives you and the other party a chance to work things out without having to go to court. You and the other party meet with a judge/master to:

  • identify exactly which issues you agree on and which are in dispute,
  • explore ways other than a trial to resolve the issues, and
  • make sure you've both provided all necessary information.

Having a JCC can save time, money, and stress, especially if it helps you settle your case. It can also avoid or reduce the hard feelings that arise when you have to go to court.

Usually you're required to attend a JCC before you can file a Notice of Application (Form F31), including an application for any interim order related to parenting or support.

You can also request a Judicial Case Conference (JCC) at any time after you start a family law case. See our self-help guide How to start a family law case in Supreme Court for links to the blank forms you'll need to start a family law case.

To find out more about JCCs, read our Judicial Case Conferences in Supreme Court fact sheet.

If you have to deal with a Judicial Case Conference

To help you deal with a JCC, this self-help guide includes:

  • a list of steps explaining how to deal with a JCC,
  • links to the blank forms you'll need, and
  • information about where to file or send the documents to prepare for a JCC.

Click on "List of steps" below to continue.