The first court session for a Protection from Harassment Court (PHC) case depends on whether the case is under the simplified or standard proceedings:
A CMC, PTC or CC is a court session in which a deputy registrar will attempt to resolve the dispute between both parties involved in the case.
The CMC, PTC or CC is usually scheduled 4 weeks after the application is filed.
Refer to this checklist on what to prepare before going to court.
During the CMC, PTC or CC, all parties involved in the case will meet with a deputy registrar to discuss the case. The deputy registrar may facilitate a discussion to give you and the other party an opportunity to resolve your dispute.
If parties reach a settlement, the deputy registrar may record a consent order to reflect their agreement. The case ends.
If parties do not reach a settlement during the CMC, PTC or CC, the court may refer the case for mediation or counselling, to help parties explore a settlement without going for trial.
What happens next depends on the outcomes of mediation or counselling: