Ottawa benefits from a unified family court in the Superior Court of Justice, meaning it deals with all family matters including divorce, division of property, support, custody and access, child protection, and adoption. In some other parts of Ontario family jurisdiction is split between the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. 

Ottawa Family Court Location & Parking

The Ottawa Superior Court is located at 161 Elgin Street, just down the street from the War Memorial and not far from Parliament Hill. The best parking is under the adjacent City Hall. Enter the parking off either Elgin Street or Laurier Avenue. Street parking is limited, disappears during rush hours, and likely won't last you long enough if you're stuck in court. 

Ottawa Family Court Setup

Only one public entrance to the courthouse is now available, located off Elgin Street. Be prepared for security screening. Lawyers can show their Law Society membership card to bypass screening. 

The building sits around a triangular enclosed atrium soaring to the top of its six stories. There are lots and lots of courtrooms, and it's very easy to get lost. Ask at the information desk to the right of the elevators as you enter the courthouse to find out which courtroom your case will be heard in, and how to get there. 

Features some of the darkest courtrooms in Canada. While no windows is always a bad thing, you'd think a lack of glaring fluorescent lights beating down on your brain would be a good thing. But here inside the courtrooms it's as if someone forgot to switch on the main lights. Don't let the lighting lull you into a sense of complacency. Hallways have normal lighting, and lots of good seating. 

Ottawa FAMILY COURT - Superior Court of Justice

161 Elgin St, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2K1  613-239-1054