This paper provides practical tips and simple checklists to assist in the preparation for trial. It includes a discussion of considerations and steps to take prior to entry for trial, and reviews the Rules of Court related to scheduling trial. In addition, tips for trial preparation are highlighted, including disclosure, opening statements, property summary, costs mitigation, agreed statement of facts/issues, and attendance and preparation of witnesses. As well, trial books, exhibits, and the use of case law at trial are also discussed. This paper includes the following samples as appendices: request to schedule a trial date; opening statement; notice to admit facts; agreed statement of facts; issues for trial; trial book index; and list of exhibits.
This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Family Law Trial Fundamentals program in Calgary on November 17, 2016 and in Edmonton on November 22, 2016.