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  • Jury Selection - COVID-19 Exemptions

    Nov 25, 2020
    If you have been summonsed to attend jury selection, you may apply for an exemption to the requirement to attend jury selection if: you have health concerns that make you more vulnerable to COVID-19; or you live with or are required to provide care for an individual who has health concerns that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19. An exemption may be applied for by completing and returning the jury summons which was mailed to you to by the Clerk's Office. The instructions for doing so can be found in the package. ​ An online version of the Jury Summary Response form is available here: ​
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  • New Form of Affidavit of Applicant for Divorce (FL-23 and FL-24) – Grace Period

    Nov 2, 2020
    Recent amendments to the Alberta Rules of Court have prescribed new forms of Affidavit of Applicant for Divorce (Form FL-23) and Affidavit of Applicants for Divorce (Joint) (Form FL-24) effective November 1, 2020. It is the responsibility of litigants or their counsel to ensure that, starting on November 1, 2020, they are fully complying with these new forms. However, to ensure continued access to justice for litigants, a grace period will be observed until January 1, 2021 before the requirement for compliance will be strictly enforced.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public - Suspension of Family Practice Note 9 (Red Deer Only)

    Oct 23, 2020
    Effective immediately, Family Practice Note 9 – Intake, Resolution and Caseflow Management – Calgary and Red Deer – will remain in effect in Calgary only.
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  • New Naming Convention for Emergency Masters matters

    Oct 20, 2020
    Resolution and Court Administration Services has added a new naming convention for Emergency Masters matters. For more information, please see the full announcement.
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  • Extension of the Enforcement of Mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules

    Sep 4, 2020
    The Court of Queen’s Bench is extending the pilot project for the enforcement of the Mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules 8.4(3)(a) and 8.5(1)(a) until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public: Inquiries about the Status of Reserved Decisions

    Sep 2, 2020
    the Court of Queen’s Bench has decided to implement a process as recommended in K.G.K. by which inquiries can be made by counsel or self-represented parties about the status of a reserved decision in all areas of the law. Counsel or self-represented parties wishing to inquire about the status of a reserved decision of a Justice or Master may do so by writing to the Chief Justice.
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  • Changes to Family & Civil Case Management

    Aug 31, 2020
    With the implementation of Family Docket Court in Calgary and Edmonton, and in accordance with the new responsibilities assigned to Case Management Counsel (CMC) (now referred to as Resolution Counsel or RC), the Court is making a number of changes to the way it conducts case management.
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  • Offsite Criminal Jury Selections and Trials

    Aug 20, 2020
    Shortly after the March 15, 2020 suspension of regular operations at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Government of Alberta, in conjunction with the Court, conducted a comprehensive assessment of court facilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. That assessment revealed that, across the province, courtrooms and jury retiring rooms, with very few exceptions, are too small to accommodate juries and abide by physical distancing directives of Alberta Health Services. Therefore, until further notice, jury selections and jury trials in the Judicial Centres of Edmonton and Calgary will be held offiste.
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  • Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings for Counsel, Parties, Media and the Public

    Aug 20, 2020
    During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the Court prepares for post-pandemic operations, a number of proceedings will continue to be conducted via online videoconference (Online Hearings). Counsel, parties, witnesses, the media and the public are expected to review and comply with the general guidelines found in the Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings, which is located on the Court of Queen's Bench website. For additional information, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • Resumption of Criminal Jury Selections and Criminal Jury Trials - September 8, 2020

    Aug 6, 2020
    Criminal jury selections and jury trials will resume at the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, effective September 8, 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, jury selections and jury trials will be, for the most part, be held offsite, in twelve locations across Alberta.
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