A settlement conference is a step in a small claims court law suit.
After a claim has been issued and a defence has been filed, the court automatically schedules a settlement conference. Settlement Conferences are mandatory in all Ontario small claims court law suits.
The purpose of a settlement conference is twofold: First, it is an opportunity for the parties to discuss and settle the matter without the need for a trial. Second, if the matter doesn’t settle, it is to determine the points that are not in dispute in order to narrow down the issues.
At a settlement conference, a judge cannot force or impose a settlement; a settlement can only be reached if the parties agree to settle. However, a judge may provide an opinion as to what he believes would happen at a trial. This can be very influential upon the parties involved in the law suit.
It is for this reason that one should always go into a settlement conference properly and fully prepared and ready to advance his or her case to the judge in order to try to convince him that you have a stronger case in law than the other side does.
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