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Hearing Guidelines Pilot Project

Jun 29, 2022

Over the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, the Ad-Hoc Remote Hearings Committee of the Court of Queen’s Bench (the Committee) studied the modes of conducting hearings that had been adopted over the course of the pandemic. The Committee undertook both internal and external engagement and submitted a report to the Executive Board of the Court, providing recommendations as to the processes for hearing matters on a go-forward Pilot Project basis.

These processes are now set out in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta Hearing Guidelines. The hearing of matters in accordance with the Hearing Guidelines will be on a Pilot Project basis, commencing September 6, 2022. All new matters scheduled after July 4, 2022 to be heard on or after September 6, 2022, will be scheduled in accordance with the Hearing Guidelines.

Internal Court engagement and external engagement with the Bar, pro bono organizations and the media will be undertaken and amendments will be made as necessary during the course of the Pilot Project. The Pilot Project will be subject to review in January 2023.