Information for Litigants
The following information is intended to assist litigants who already have or who would like to bring a matter before the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador (Family Division). Note that proceedings in a court of law can be complicated and so you may wish to seek legal assistance. If you are unsuccessful in a proceeding, you may be ordered to pay some or all of the legal costs of the other party.
- Representing yourself in Court
- What Court staff can and cannot do
- The CANLII Primer: Legal Research Principles and CANLII Navigation for Self-Represented Litigants
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project has produced a guide entitled “Coping with the Courtroom: Essential Tips and Information for Self-Represented Litigants” which can be viewed here . That guide may contain helpful information for persons representing themselves in this Court. Persons referring to this document should note that it was not prepared specifically for the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador. The information contained within it is general in nature and may not reflect the specific practice in this Court. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Court’s Registry.
|We can||give you copies of Court
forms and provide you with procedural information to help you fill
out some of the forms.
||We cannot||give you legal advice. It is strongly suggested that you seek legal advice before commencing a proceeding.|
|We can||provide information on
how to contact Legal Aid and other services where legal information
||We cannot||recommend the name of any lawyer to act on your behalf.|
|We can||briefly explain and
answer general questions about how the Court works, Court rules and
the Court’s procedures
|We cannot||tell you which procedure to use if there is a choice.|
|We can||check your forms and
other Court papers for completeness such as signatures, compliance
with the Rules and that any cited attachments are present and
||We cannot||tell you what words to use in your Court documents.|
|We can||tell you why we think
that your documents do not comply with the Rules and give you an
opportunity to make changes. You do not have to make the changes we
||We cannot||tell you whether you have included sufficient information to get what you want.|
|We can||give you basic
information about mediation, applications or other Court hearings.
||We cannot||tell you what to say in Court or how to make your legal arguments / submissions to a Judge.|
|We can||give you procedural
information about how your case is being managed and the process
involved in each step along the way to having your case heard by the
||We cannot||tell you what the decision of the Court will be or give you any opinion about what it might be.|
|We can||answer general questions
||We cannot||calculate deadlines for you.|
|We can||provide procedural
information on how to get a case set down for hearing.
||We cannot||interpret orders made by a Judge.|
|We can||give you information
about interpreters and Court reporters.
||We cannot||change an order that has been made by a Judge.|
|We can||serve as a Commissioner of Oaths to swear/affirm any affidavits prepared by you, to be filed in the Court.||We cannot||communicate with a judge
for you or allow you to communicate with a judge at any time other
than at your Court hearing.
|We can||get a copy of a document
in a Court file for you for a fee if there are no restrictions on
accessing the file.
||We cannot||find a precedent of a document for you.|
|We can||give you information
about your file