COVID-19 Civil Matters

UPDATED  May 10, 2021

Effective May 9 – May 28, 2021:

  • All in-person matters including trials, pretrial conferences, assessments and applications, will be adjourned. The parties will be contacted by the Court to discuss case management issues, including new dates for the matter to proceed. 
  • All matters other than trials that are presently scheduled to be heard by telephone or Webex will proceed as scheduled. 

General Protocols (subject to temporary adjournments detailed above)

The following protocols apply to civil claims:

  • Matters scheduled after May 28, 2021 will proceed as scheduled.
  • Pretrial conferences and applications will be conducted by telephone or Webex as directed by the Court.
  • See Regional Protocols below for specific instructions for your region.

Filing

In Edmonton and Calgary, in-person filing at the civil counters will be accepted for urgent matters only. Drop boxes are to be used for non-urgent filing. Documents placed in the drop boxes in Edmonton and Calgary will be processed as soon as reasonably possible.

The drop boxes are located at the entrances to the Calgary Court Centre and Edmonton Law Courts. Once the filing procedures have been completed, the documents may be picked up by lawyers/agents/runners and will be mailed out to self represented litigants. Please include a cheque in instances where there is a filing fee.

In areas other than Edmonton and Calgary, filing of documents regarding Provincial Court Civil matters will be accepted at the counters although drop boxes are also available in Red Dear and Wetaskiwin and their use is encouraged.

Mediations

Mediations are being held as previously scheduled in both Edmonton and Calgary by telephone, Webex or Zoom as directed in the notice of mediation.

Pretrial Conferences

  • All pretrial conferences that are scheduled to be heard by telephone or Webex are proceeding as scheduled.

Trials

  • Matters that have been scheduled for May 31 and thereafter will proceed as scheduled.

Applications

  1. All applications will be held by teleconference or Webex.
  2. Staggered scheduling of  applications may be implemented 9:30 a.m. each day.

Webex

We continue to encourage virtual hearings where feasible whether by telephone or Webex. Parties are to contact the local court clerks to determine availability of Webex for their matter, and to arrange scheduling.

Edmonton and Calgary Civil Division Hotlines

For scheduling concerns, please call the civil division hotlines. Those lines are:

  • Edmonton: 780-422-2508
  • Calgary: 403-297-7217

Regional Protocols


Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19

Conduct Guide for Remote Hearings

Protocol for Booking Courtroom Technology for Remote Witness

Master Order Relating to Court's Response to COVID-19  


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