Step 9 – Contested Hearing: Filing requirements for Application Brief

 
An Application Brief tells the judge which issues need to be decided at the contested hearing, and which court documents he or she needs to read before the hearing.
 
The applicant (grandparent) must file and serve an Application Brief at least four days before the contested hearing date. If the contested hearing date is less than seven days after the hearing date was set, the Application Brief must be filed by 2 p.m., at least two days before the hearing date.
 
The responding party must file and serve an Application Brief at least two days before the hearing date, except if the hearing date is less than seven days after the hearing date was set, in which case the Application Brief must be filed by 2 p.m. at least one day before the hearing date.
 
Note: Ideally, the Certificate of Attendance from the For the Sake of the Children program should be filed as soon as it is received; if not, it must be filed by 2 p.m. at least two days before the hearing date.
 
For the Queen’s Bench Rules on calculating time, see Appendix W.