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Due to recent changes in court naming conventions, our Queen’s Bench Court Assistance Program has been rebranded as the King’s Bench Court Assistance Program (“KB Amicus Program”). This rebranding is a name change only and does not change the objective and scope of the KB Amicus Program.


The King’s Bench Court Assistance Program (also known as “KB Amicus Program”) provides summary legal assistance to self-represented litigants with civil matters at the Court of King’s Bench. Self-represented litigants with civil matters in the Court of King’s Bench who apply for assistance and meet program criteria will be able to receive up to 30 minutes of free (in-person or virtual) legal advice from a volunteer lawyer.

In the morning, volunteer lawyers are available to provide in-person assistance to those without legal representation who need help with their Morning Chambers appearances in Applications Judge and Justice Chambers. This includes assistance with applications, bankruptcy, motions, and other appearances. This program does not assist with family, criminal or corporate matters, matters in Provincial Court or other Appeal Courts, pre-trial conferences and mediations.

In the afternoon, volunteers are available for in-person legal advice clinic for civil matters at the Court of King’s Bench in Calgary. Examples of these matters include foreclosure and bankruptcy, builder’s liens, wills and estates, or other civil matters. Volunteer lawyers are available to provide free 30-minute consultations and can provide summary legal advice; information on court procedure; help preparing for trials, motions and other appearances; and help completing forms. This afternoon advice clinic is not currently offered in Edmonton.

 

In-person Assistance at Courthouse:

This is currently offered on a walk-in basis. No appointment or pre-registration is required and clients are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.

King’s Bench Court Assistance

Calgary

King’s Bench Court Assistance

Edmonton

Morning Chambers Morning Chambers
Location:

Calgary Courts Centre

(601 – 5 Street SW)

Courtrooms 902, 903, 904, 1004, and 1002**

**Assistance in courtroom 1002 is limited to Civil Restraining Orders.

Location:

Edmonton Law Courts

(1A Sir Winston Churchill Square)

Law Library, Room 2014, 2/F, South Tower

Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Hours:

Wednesday 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Legal Advice Clinic N/A
Location:

Calgary Courts Centre (601 – 5 Street SW)

8th Floor North, Room 8-49

N/A
Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

N/A

*Assistance in all court-based programs is subject to meeting program guidelines and is not guaranteed.

 

Virtual Assistance through King’s Bench Amicus Program - How it Works

Poster for Court-based Programs Process: intake by phone or webform, conflict check, sign waivers/forms, appointment confirmation, virtual advice session

 

 

Virtual assistance is currently being piloted as an alternative option for Albertans who are unable to attend the program offices in person at the Calgary and Edmonton Courthouses. Virtual shifts are limited and are subject to volunteer availability.

For information on available virtual shifts, please contact courtassistance@pbla.ca.