Judicial Dispute Resolution
What is Judicial Dispute Resolution?
Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a confidential pre-trial settlement conference led by a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. The objective of a JDR is to resolve the dispute so a trial will be either unnecessary, or at most limited to those issues on which the parties do not agree. The parties meet with Justice to confidentially discuss the background of the case and what the parties feel is important in the case. The participants will then discuss possible solutions. If no agreement is reached, the Justice may give a non-binding opinion of what decision they would make if this case and these facts were presented at trial. The Justice’s non-binding opinion may help the parties and their lawyers reach a resolution without having to go to trial. A settlement is only reached if everyone agrees. Binding JDRs are also available at the Court of Queen’s Bench. In these cases the parties agree that the Justice’s opinion will be binding.
Source: Department of Justice, Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Notices to the Profession & Public
Priority of Assignment of Under Rule 4.16(1)
The assignment of Judiciary Dispute Resolution (JDR) hearings in Edmonton and Calgary, pursuant to Rule 4.16(1)(c), shall, on the effective date for booking after the schedule of JDR Justices is released for each upcoming term, be on a first filing basis on the following priority:
(a) Family Law matters; and
(b) to all civil cases that are ready for trial (with a filed Form 37, duly executed by all parties attached).
In Judicial Centres outside of Calgary and Edmonton, the order of priority principles set out above will be considered by the Court Coordinators for booking JDR hearings.