n Canada, we have an open court system. That is probably obvious from the daily bombardment of information coming out of two sensational Ontario court cases presently underway: the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial and the trial of Tim Bosma’s alleged killers. People might know that criminal proceedings are public and that citizens are invited to sit in and observe a criminal trial in any court in the land. But what people might not know is that the same is true of family law cases.
Family courts are open to the public. When you start a proceeding in Ontario, your full name and that of your partner is front and centre on the court documents. When your case is scheduled to come to court, your names will be on the lists posted outside of the courtroom. Members of the public can sit in on family proceedings.
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