Mississauga Roundtable Looks to Simplify Court ProceduresPublished on July 17, 2019
Ontario to explore how to reduce costs and delays in family and civil court processes, and encourage earlier resolution.
MISSISSAUGA – Today, Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General Lindsey Park hosted roundtables in Mississauga with Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, on family and civil court processes.
The meetings held today were part of a review of family and civil legislation, regulations, and processes in Ontario taking place this month. The review will explore ways to simplify family and civil court processes, reduce costs and delays, and encourage the earlier resolution of disputes.
"Individuals, families, and businesses interact with the court processes every day and, more often than not, they face unnecessary delays and exorbitant legal costs to resolve their disputes," said Park. "Particularly in the family law context, we need processes that help couples make the best decisions for them and their children with a court system that causes minimal additional stress and emotional strain."
By some estimates, over 40 percent of marriages in Canada will end by the 30th year of marriage. Many Ontarians going through a separation or divorce interact with the court system for the first time in their lives. They often already face significant financial and social changes to their life, their family and their children, before they start the court process.
As part of the review, the Ministry of the Attorney General is looking for ways to:
- direct family law matters out of a combative court process, where possible;
- reduce the cost of the process to families and taxpayers; and,
- streamline the process to shorten the time to resolution.
"I'd like to thank the participants today," said Cuzzetto, "for sharing their ideas for many common-sense changes that could make our family and civil courts more effective, and more responsive to the needs of the people in Mississauga, and across Ontario."
Throughout the month of July, Park will be meeting with members of the legal community and the public across Ontario and will be accepting and reviewing written submissions with suggestions for improving family and civil legislation, regulations, and processes.
Please send written submissions before July 31, 2019 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Lindsey E. Park
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, Floor 11
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP