Family Law and Estate disputes pursued in the court system can often take many years to complete. The Rules of Procedure which govern court cases impose many steps and hurdles to complete before a trial can take place. This adds cost and delay, and once a case is ready to be tried it will be put on a trial list and parties have to wait until their case is reached on that list. Trial sittings in Ontario generally are scheduled for a few weeks at a time, on a quarterly basis. Criminal matters and child protection cases get priority on such lists, with the result that other matters considered less urgent sometimes get “bumped” to a later sittings, causing more delay.
However, with arbitration, these same disputes can be resolved in a matter of months, with less intermediate steps.