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Access to Courthouses Restricted

The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. Given the ongoing public health crisis, the Courts are continuing to take proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Effective November 27, 2020, Access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta continues to be restricted until further notice. Read more >>

Fax Filing Changes

Effective September 1, 2020, the Clerk of the Court will only accept filing by electronic mail (email), and will no longer accept filing by fax, as an authorized means. Read more >>

Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Process Suspended

Effective July 10 2020,  the relaunch of Court sittings province-wide, the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request process is now suspended. Read more >>

Resumed Hearings of regular Masters Chambers applications

Effective June 3 2020, the Court will commence hearing regular Masters Chambers applications (with an anticipated length of 20 minutes or less) remotely via videoconferencing. Read more >>

COVID-19: Extension of Suspension of Hearings - Master Order #4

The Court of Queen's Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to June 26, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020, per the Court's Master Order #4 of May 14, 2020. Civil and Family Special Chambers Applications, in Justice and Masters' Chambers, that were scheduled prior to March 16, 2020 to be heard on or after June 29, 2020 will proceed as scheduled. [May 14] Read more >>

Read the previous Master Order here.

Non-Binding Judicial Dispute Resolutions (JDRs) / Family Early Intervention Case Conferences (EICCs) - Edmonton & Calgary

From June to August, the Court will hear non-binding JDRs and Family EICCs. For JDRs, all parties must be represented by Counsel and all Counsel must agree to proceed with the JDR remotely via Webex video and audio. For Family EICCs, all parties must agree to proceed with the EICC remotely via Webex video and audio. Read more >>

Without Notice Applications

The Court is also processing electronic Without Notice Applications before a Master in Chambers province-wide. [May 11] Read more >>

Electronic Criminal Summary Conviction Appeals

In cases where the accused is represented by Counsel and where Crown and Defence Counsel agree, Summary Conviction Appeals involving Criminal Code offences may now be submitted to the Court with written argument to be considered by way of desk application. All written arguments for all Counsel must be submitted together in accordance with the procedures outlined on the court's Email Filing announcement. [May 22] Read more>>

Additional Updates

Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes

Civil Justice Chambers With Notice Desk Application Process

Criminal Trial Triage Booking - June, July, August 2020

Masks Required

Effective July 6, 2020, all persons entering a courthouse in Alberta are required to wear a face mask while in any public area of the courthouse subject to exceptions detailed in the attached Notice to the Profession and the Public.

Limited Attendance

As of March 17, 2020, those with family, civil, criminal court or a Provincial Offences/traffic court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court, do not need to attend unless the matter is an in-custody or urgent criminal matter, or an urgent family or child protection matter. Read more >>

The Provincial Court is also limiting attendance at Bar Admission ceremonies and implementing social distancing measures in court proceedings. Read more >>

Provincial Court Conduct Guide for Remote Appearances

The provincial court is conducting certain proceedings remotely by online video or over the phone. Guidelines on conduct during proceedings were released on Oct 1, 2020. Read more >>

Access to Courthouses Restricted

As of November 27. 2020, access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta continues to be restricted until further notice. Read more >>

Temporary Closure of Edmonton Civil Counters

As of November 24, 2020, in-person service at the Provincial Court Civil counters of the Edmonton Law Courts has been suspended. Although civil court matters currently scheduled are proceeding as planned, non-emergency filing of documents will be done through the drop boxes located at the entrances to the Edmonton Law Courts. Read more >>

Temporary Closure of Camrose and Killam Courts

As of November 30. Camrose and Killam Provincial Courts are temporarily closed. Read more >>

The Tax Court of Canada released a guide on  Recommended Preventive Measures as the court resume in-person operations. [July 17] Read more >>

After closing in March to protect the health and safety of the Courts’ staff, all court users and the community, the Courts announced sittings will resume on July 20, 2020. Read more >>

Federal Court of Appeal’s suspension period until Friday May 29, 2020 adjourns hearings scheduled from mid-April and for the duration of the suspension period while announcing additional measure in response to the current and evolving situation. Cases that are selected to progress may be determined on the basis of written material or by teleconference or video conference. Read more >>

The Alberta Court of Appeal continues to hear all matters but, as of March 23, 2020, not in-person;  case materials are able to be sent via email and fax. [May 6] Read more >>

All Library Locations will be open to in-person visitors as of August 31. Read more >>

Alberta Law Libraries team members continue to monitor by telephone, email and its Ask a Law Librarian service. Read more>>