Both parties involved in a Protection from Harassment Court (PHC) application must first attend a court session where the court will attempt to resolve the dispute.
This court session is known as the case management conference (for simplified proceedings), pre-trial conference (for standard proceedings for matters commenced before 1 April 2022), or case conference (for standard proceedings for matters commenced on or after 1 April 2022).
If the matter cannot be settled, the case may proceed to mediation, further court sessions or a hearing.
Both parties must attend all court proceedings.
Apply through the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS). Under the Online Applications tab, select PHC, and then select Request for Change of Court Date. For detailed instructions, refer to the CJTS user guide for protection from harassment claims (PDF, 3358 KB).
File a Request for Re-Fixing/Vacation of Hearing Dates through eLitigation.
If you are not represented by a lawyer, visit the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau to file in person.
Note: Before you file, you have to seek consent from the other party.
All applications are subject to the court's approval. You should apply as soon as possible so that there is sufficient time for the court to process your application.
If your application is approved, the court will inform both you and the other party of the new court date. If you do not receive a response, you must attend the court session as scheduled.
You may choose to represent yourself or engage a lawyer for PHC proceedings.
If you wish to be represented by a lawyer, your lawyer needs to file a notice of appointment.
An entity (company, partnership or association) may choose to engage a lawyer or represent itself.
If the entity chooses not to engage a lawyer, the following individuals may represent the entity (1).
Companies, limited liability partnerships or unincorporated associations need to be represented by a lawyer, according to the applicable Rules of Court.
Refer to the following on what you should prepare before attending a PHC proceeding.
You should be prepared to explain your case to the PHC in detail.
If the court instructs you to submit evidence, ensure you have filed the documents before the deadline. Find out the guidelines you need to follow to prepare and submit evidence.
Find out more about the attire and etiquette expected in court.