There are things that you can do -- that you must do as soon as
The Provincial PC party is continuing the feminist, socialist policies of the NDP, treating all men as villains.
This is a huge and repressive change to our justice system, with no warning: where is the bill, where are the hearings, the parliamentary debate, the vote of parliament?
Where is the democracy in this? Answer: the democracy is where you put it. If you don't make the province act fairly and democratically, it simply won't happen!
Get Informed [back]
Please get yourself informed by downloading the rules from either of the following sites (almost any modern word processor you have can read the WordPerfect files downloaded from these sites!):
You can also read the files through your browser (not very practical
Who are the Family Rules Committee? [back]
It's a group of 25 or 30 people drawn exclusively from the legal profession (judges and lawyers, and 2 from courts administration), who make the rules for the family courts in Ontario. They get their power from the Ontario Courts of Justice Act, sections 67 and 68.
IT LOOKS INNOCENT ENOUGH, just a friendly gang of regulators (and some of the changes are good), but when they slam the door in father's faces by introducing something as vicious as Loser Pays, they become a shadow government of the pros, by the pros, and for the pros.
It is disturbing that some of the committee members appear to be radical feminists. It would be very wrong to have strong advocates of only one ideology in the committee, and no balancing advocates.
Send Your Objections [back to top]
Time's up, but the battle is far from over! A team within the Ontario Wisdom Council continues to work on changing the rules. We won't publish our plans, but please be ready to help again soon!
The Family Rules Committee extended the deadline for "well-considered comments" until "mid-June" 1997. Comments arriving after June 20 may be discarded.
The Old Instructions:
Accept the Family Rules Committee's offer! Send in your comments! Reply by June 20, at the latest.
Roman Komar, Research Counsel
2A The Market Place
East York, Ont.
The Most Alarming Problems [back]
What’s Wrong with the New Family Law Rules - The “High” Points:
They Kill Access to Justice:
They Preserve Most of the Old Evils:
If They “Work”, Other Provinces Will Use Them!
Process of Making the Rules [back]
The process of making the new rules take effect is this (some technical details are left out):
As important as they are, the rules are not laws, they are just regulations, so they will be changed by cabinet without any vote in parliament.
Mobilize Your Group [back to top]
We're asking every group to do the following :
WE GET 2 SHOTS AT THIS ISSUE: one by submitting comments by mid-June, and the other by communicating with the government.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE! With Bill C-41, and worse with Bill C-92, we got informed at the last minute of the day, but we've been warned about these new rules at the eleventh hour, and there is still time to act!
Coordinate with the Ontario
Excerpted from the new rules:
Ontario Courts of Justice Act [back]
67.--(1) The committee known as the Family Rules Committee is continued under the name Family Rules Committee in English and Comité des en matière de droit de la famille in French. R.S.O. 1990 c. C.43, s. 67 (1).
(2) The Family Rules Committee is composed of,
(a) the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of Ontario;
(b) the Chief Justice and associate chief justices of the Superior Court of Justice;
(c) the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice or, at his or her designation, an associate chief justice;
(d) one judge of the Court of Appeal, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of Ontario;
(e) two judges of the Superior Court of Justice, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice;
(f) two judges of the Family Court, the Superior Court of Justice, or the Ontario Court of Justice, who shall be appointed by the Associate Chief Justice (Family Court);
(g) two judges of the Ontario Court of Justice, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of that court;
(h) the Attorney General or a person designated by the Attorney General;
(i) one law officer of the Crown, who shall be appointed by the Attorney General;
(j) two persons employed in the administration of the courts, who shall be appointed by the Attorney General;
(k) four lawyers, who shall be appointed by The Law Society of Upper Canada;
(l) two lawyers, who shall be appointed by the Associate Chief Justice (Family Court);
(m) two lawyers, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.
(n) two lawyers, who shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice. (Amended Bill 79).
(3) The Chief Justice of Ontario shall preside over the Family Rules Committee but, if the Chief Justice of Ontario is absent or so requests, member designated by the Chief Justice shall preside.
(4) Each of the members of the Family Rules Committee appointed under clauses (2)(d), (e), (f), (g), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m) and (n) shall hold office for period of three years and is eligible for reappointment. (Amended Bill 79)
(5) Where a vacancy occurs among the members appointed under clause (2)(d), (e), (f), (g), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m) or (n), a new member similarly may be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term. (Amended Bill 79).
(6) One-third of the members of the Family Rules Committee constitutes a quorum. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43, s. 67 (3)-(6).
68.--(1) Subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Family Rules Committee may make rules for the Court of Appeal, the Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice in relation to the practice and procedure of those courts in proceedings under provisions set out in the Schedule to Part III (Unified Family Court), except proceedings under the Young Offenders Act (Canada).
(2) Subsections 66 (2) and (3) apply with necessary modifications to the Family Rules Committee making rules for the courts described in (1).
(3) The rules made by the Family Rules Committee may adopt, modify or exclude the rules made by the Civil Rules Committee.
(4) Subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Family Rules Committee may prepare rules for the purpose of section 68 the Young Offenders Act (Canada) for consideration by the Ontario Court of Justice. R.S.O. 1990, c. C.43, s. 68.