COVID-19 Announcements

 

  • Notice to the Public and Legal Profession: Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Mar 27, 2020
    The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. The Courts are taking proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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  • Requests to the Court for Emergency/Urgent Hearings in all Criminal, Family, Commercial and Civil Matters

    Mar 26, 2020
    All requests for an emergency or urgent hearing during the sitting suspension period should be submitted via the online Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Form. All emergency/urgent hearings will be presided over by Justices or Masters in the following locations, as set out in the Amended Master Order #2 of March 25, 2020.
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  • COVID-19: Amendments to Master Order #2

    Mar 25, 2020
    The Court has made minor amendments to clarify its Master Order #2, which sets out limitations on hearings and modified processes as a result of COVID-19.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public: Remote Commissioning of Affidavits for use in Civil and Family Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Mar 25, 2020
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, some accommodation must be made for the commissioning of affidavits in circumstances where it is not possible or is medically unsafe for the deponent to physically attend before a commissioner. Examples might include deponents who are unable to leave their residences, are not permitted to receive visitors, or for those who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public Regarding Courts' Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic

    Mar 23, 2020
    COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is having widespread effects. Given recent events, the Courts are striving to maintain core court operations while safeguarding public health and safety. Our actions have been, and will be, guided by the advice of public health authorities. In particular, Court operations have been significantly affected by the Premier of Alberta’s declaration on March 17th of a Public Health Emergency, by absenteeism due to self-isolation measures, child care issues and other circumstances and by the public’s need to ensure social distancing, avoid public gatherings and stay home where possible. In response, each Court has made public announcements regarding steps taken to address current challenges. That has included suspension of in-person hearings in certain circumstances. Certain cases have been, and will be, adjourned indefinitely or to a future date for hearing. Others will, until further notice, continue to be heard although on a much-reduced basis or in a different manner.
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  • COVID-19: Extension of Suspension of Sittings

    Mar 20, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench will continue to limit hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. A list of emergency and urgent matters is set out in Appendix C to the Court’s Master Order #2 of March 20, 2020
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  • COVID-19: A Message from the Chief Justice of Canada

    Mar 18, 2020
    A message from the Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, C.P.
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  • COVID-19: Suspension of Sittings

    Mar 15, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is limiting hearings to emergency or urgent matters only.
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  • COVID-19 and Court Proceedings with Hearing Lists

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is implementing social distancing measures in Chambers, Criminal Appearance/Arraignment Court and other Court proceedings with hearing lists.
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  • COVID-19 and Bar Admission Ceremonies

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is limiting Bar Admission ceremonies and implementing social distancing measures in Court proceedings. This directive is effective immediately:
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  • Suspension of Upcoming Jury Trials and Jury Selection

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is temporarily suspending all upcoming jury trials and jury selection. This suspension is effective immediately until May 31, 2020 or further notice from the Court; and applies to all jury trials and jury selections that have not yet commenced in Court.
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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    Mar 12, 2020
    Alberta is experiencing an increase in cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is anticipated that the virus will continue to spread. The Court is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, with a view to being prepared in the event of a disruption to court operations at court locations or a declaration by the provincial or federal government that impacts our court operations.
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