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

Judicial Dispute Resolution Announcements

COVID-19 - Extension of Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities
Apr 30, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule Commencing the Week of February 1, 2021
Jan 29, 2021, 09:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 18 and 25, 2021
Jan 15, 2021, 13:00 PM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 4 and 11, 2021
Dec 21, 2020, 00:00 AM
Mandatory Email Filing – Civil and Family Proceedings
Dec 17, 2020, 00:00 AM
UPDATED: Announcement from Resolution & Court Administration Services (RCAS): New Email Filing Procedures & Naming Conventions
Dec 11, 2020, 10:00 AM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of December 14, 2020
Dec 11, 2020, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of December 7, 2020
Dec 4, 2020, 00:00 AM
Alberta Courts Notice to the Profession & Public : Restricted Access to Courthouses
Nov 27, 2020, 14:00 PM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of November 30, 2020
Nov 27, 2020, 00:00 AM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Judicial Dispute Resolution Booking Procedures

Judicial Centres of Calgary and Edmonton

Scheduling information and bookings procedures for Calgary and Edmonton may be found on the JDR Scheduling page at  Judicial Dispute Resolution

All Other Judicial Centres

Parties are required to contact the local/regional Court Coordinator to schedule a non-binding JDR or an Family EICC.