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Justice "Urgent Matters Chambers" - Update to December 7, 2021 Announcement

Jan 27, 2022

Effective January 4, 2022, the Court will implement a Justice “URGENT MATTERS CHAMBERS” that will operate every day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on a pilot project basis.

ALL requests must complete the Urgent Request / FDC Bypass.

Email the Urgent Request / FDC Bypass to:

Calgary:       NoReply.QBUrgentRequestCalgary@just.gov.ab.ca

Edmonton:  

Regional Centres:  Contact the Court Coordinator for the regional location to determine if a Duty Justice is available.  If no Duty Justice is available, Red Deer and other southern locations will send the form to the Calgary email address and Wetaskiwin and other northern locations will send the form to the Edmonton email address. These applications will be scheduled for 11:00 am.

Urgent Matter Chambers Schedule

For what qualifies as an Urgent Matter, please refer to the Definition of Urgent Matters section at the end of this Announcement.

  • Urgent Matters Chambers will deal with Emergency Protection Order reviews at 9:30 am every day.
  • Urgent “Without Notice” applications (including restraining order applications and restraining order reviews but excluding service related applications) will be heard at 11:00 am every day.
  • Urgent Matters Chambers will also address applications for time sensitive Fiats (on notice to opposing party), and time sensitive Consent Orders. Time sensitive Fiats and time sensitive Consent Orders will be only those that relate to changing deadlines ordered in Family Docket Court or changing deadlines and other requirements set out in Family Practice Note 2. These applications will be heard only at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm each day.  Fiats and Consent Orders must be uploaded with the Urgent Request Form, and the Clerk will confirm the date and time (11:30 am or 1:30 pm) for your application to be heard.
  • Urgent “with notice” urgent applications that have been approved by a Justice, will be heard starting at 2:00 pm. The Urgent Request Form must be submitted with completed but unfiled Application/Claim and supporting Affidavit/Statements.

Please note that if you file materials for Urgent Matters Chambers and do not appear for the Application, your Matter will be struck.

Time Slot
Matter
 9:30 am - 11:00 am

 EPO Reviews

 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Without Notice Applications

Time Sensitive Consent Orders and Fiats (with notice) (11:30 am start)

 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Without Notice Applications (1:30 pm start and throughout the afternoon)

Time Sensitive Consent Orders and Fiats (with notice) (1:30 pm to 2:00 pm)

 2:00 pm

Pre-Approved Urgent With Notice Applications

 

The Courtroom/Webex addresses that will be utilized for Urgent Matters Chambers will be:

Edmonton:

https://albertacourts.webex.com/meet/virtual.courtroom99

Call-in Number: 1-780-851-3573

Access code/Meeting Number: 187 045 7913

Physical Courtroom: 517

Calgary:

https://albertacourts.webex.com/meet/virtual.courtroom101

Call-in Number: 1-780-851-3573

Access code/Meeting Number: 2484 250 8330

Physical Courtroom: 1002

 

If you do not have a lawyer and require assistance with the Urgent Request Form or with your document please contact Resolution Services for support:

Calgary:

Telephone:(403) 476-4744

Email: calgaryresolutionsupportcentre@just.gov.ab.ca

Edmonton:

Telephone: (780) 415-0404 ext 2 

Email: InfoServices.Edmonton@csadm.just.gov.ab.ca

 

To see what dates are available for Civil Chambers, go to https://qb-filing.alberta.ca/hearing-schedule

This pilot project will be reviewed after 6 months.

 

Definition of Urgent Matters

Urgent matters are those in which serious consequences to persons or harm to property may arise if the hearing does not proceed, or if there is a risk of loss of jurisdiction or expiration of an existing protection or restraining order, including, but not limited to:

A) Family Matters:

Orders where there is a risk of violence or immediate harm to one of the parties or a child, including applications for exclusive possession of a family home where these criteria are met.

Orders where there is a risk of removal of a child from the jurisdiction.

Emergency Protection Order reviews.

Urgent orders relating to parenting time, contact or communication with a child (that cannot reasonably be delayed).

B) Civil Matters:

Orders relating to the pandemic, including quarantine orders.

Injunctions, where there is prima facie urgency, including refusal of treatment/end of life matters.

Civil Restraining Orders.

Preservation Orders.

Urgent Orders in the nature of habeas corpus, certiorari, mandamus and prohibition.

Urgent Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Orders.