News and Announcements

  • Notice to the Profession and Public COVID-19 – Update on Court Operations

    Apr 20, 2022
    The Court of Appeal will resume in-person hearings on May 2, 2022 as set out below. As always during the pandemic, the Court is guided by several considerations including the continuing need to ensure the health and safety of all Court participants.
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  • Announcement to the Members of the Bar

    Mar 24, 2022
    Join the Chief Justice of Alberta, Justices, and senior staff of the Court of Appeal for a discussion on current and future state of court operations, including virtual and hybrid hearings, appeal conferences and JDRs, public access to court records and more. We welcome your input on these topics at this time.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 – Electronic Hearings Extended to April 29, 2022

    Mar 16, 2022
    The purpose of this Notice is to advise that, due to short-term operational challenges, unless otherwise directed, all appeal sittings, applications before three‑judge panels and Bar Admissions will continue to be heard electronically until April 29, 2022. Appeal Conferences, Judicial Dispute Resolution matters and single judge matters will continue to be heard electronically until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public – 2023 Sitting Dates

    Mar 10, 2022
    The 2023 Court of Appeal Sitting Dates are attached.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - Continuation of COVID-19 Restrictions and Policies

    Mar 2, 2022
    Throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, courthouses across the province have been operating under restrictions designed to ensure the safety of all participants. Given the unique position of the Courts, where persons who attend are often compelled to do so, and where vulnerable segments of the population attend, there is an ongoing need to continue with the restrictions and policies presently in place until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 - Electronic Hearings Extended to March 25, 2022

    Feb 10, 2022
    The purpose of this Notice is to advise that, unless otherwise directed, all appeal sittings, applications before three-judge panels and Bar Admissions will continue to be heard electronically until March 25, 2022 with a return to in-person starting March 28, 2022. Appeal Conferences, Judicial Dispute Resolution matters and single judge matters will continue to be heard electronically until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 – Electronic Hearings Extended to February 25, 2022

    Dec 17, 2021
    Unless otherwise directed, all appeal sittings, applications before three‑judge panels, applications before a single judge and Bar Admissions will continue to be heard electronically until February 25, 2022; and Appeal Conferences and Judicial Dispute Resolution matters will continue to be heard electronically until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 - Electronic Hearings Extended to January 1, 2022

    Oct 19, 2021
    The purpose of this Notice is to advise that, unless otherwise directed, all proceedings - including applications before a single judge, Appeal Conferences, Appellate Judicial Dispute Resolution and Bar Admissions - will continue to be heard electronically by videoconference or teleconference until January 1, 2022.
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  • Notice - COVID-19 - All Courts' Vaccination Policy and Access to Courtrooms in Alberta Courthouses

    Oct 1, 2021
    The Courts now provide notice that effective November 1, 2021, all Court staff, including clerks and court technology personnel, and Sheriffs must be fully vaccinated to access courtrooms in Alberta courthouses. Full details are included in the attached notice.
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  • NOTICE - COVID-19 - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Restricted Court Workspaces

    Sep 21, 2021
    The Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta (the Courts) have a responsibility to provide a safe workspace that protects the health and safety of individuals who work in, visit, or attend the Courts’ workspaces. Accordingly, the Courts have adopted mandatory Vaccination Policies which will be in effect as of Tuesday, September 21, 2021. These Policies apply to all secure areas of courthouses used by judicial officers and certain staff to which public access is restricted. Full details are included in the attached notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    Sep 8, 2021
    The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is an important step in the truth and reconciliation process. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.
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  • Alberta Judicial Appointments Announced

    Sep 7, 2021
    The Honourable Justice L. Bernette Ho, a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary, is appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta to replace Justice J.D.B. McDonald who elected supernumerary judge effective August 31, 2018. The Honourable Justice Anne Kirker, a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Calgary, is appointed a Justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta to replace Justice B.K. O’Ferrall who elected supernumerary judge effective March 3, 2021.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 - Return to In-Person Hearings

    Jul 21, 2021
    Effective November 1, 2021, the Court of Appeal will resume in-person proceedings for all appeal sittings and applications before three-judge panels. Full details are included in the attached notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 - Continued Restricted Access and Mandatory Masks at Courthouses

    Jun 25, 2021
    Access to all courthouses in Alberta will continue to be restricted in accordance with the Courts’ Notice dated November 27, 2020 until further notice. The mask requirements set out in the Courts’ Notice dated July 3, 2020 will continue to apply to individuals attending at courthouses, subject to the exceptions noted therein. Anyone claiming a medical or disability exemption from the masking requirement must provide proof thereof. For those who do not have a face mask, one can be obtained from perimeter security at the entrance to the courthouse. All current protocols relating to physical distancing and courtroom capacity will continue until further notice.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - COVID-19 - Restricted Access to Courthouses and Mandatory Masks

    May 7, 2021
    In light of the ongoing public health crisis caused by the pandemic, access to all courthouses in Alberta continues to be restricted, and masks continue to be mandatory for visitors. Full details are included in the attached notices.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - 2022 Court of Appeal sitting dates

    Apr 26, 2021
    The 2022 Court of Appeal sitting dates are now available. Details and the list of dates are included in this notice.
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  • Notice - All Courts' Message on the Law Society of Alberta "My Experience" Project

    Apr 1, 2021
    On behalf of the Alberta judiciary, we applaud the lawyers and law students for their bravery in sharing their experiences of racial discrimination as part of the “My Experience” Project. The experiences related contain uncomfortable but compelling truths. They put a face on bias, unconscious or otherwise, and the harmful consequences flowing from it. And they bring home to the judiciary the leadership role we must play to ensure that the justice system in this province mirrors the fair and equal treatment of all so vital to our democracy.
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  • New Calgary Court of Appeal Building - Message from the Chief Justice

    Mar 29, 2021
    Alberta Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser's message on the March 29, 2021, announcement by the Government of Alberta that Budget 2021 includes $57.3 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art Court of Appeal building in the Calgary courts precinct. The project will also revise and incorporate the city's 107-year-old historic Court of Appeal Building. In addition to commenting on the benefits of the project for the province, the Chief Justice touches on the history of the old building and it's significance to the Court and the city.
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  • Notice to the Profession and Public - Amendments to E-filing Practice Direction

    Feb 26, 2021
    Effective March 15, 2021, the Court of Appeal of Alberta Practice Direction on Electronic Filling is amended. Details of the amendments are included in this notice.
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  • Notice - Mandatory Electronic Filing

    Feb 8, 2021
    On March 1 2021, e-filing will become mandatory. Effective that date, all documents, including correspondence, must be formatted in accordance with the Practice Direction on Electronic Filing and filed via the Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS). Unless an exemption from e-filing is granted, paper documents at the counter and documents via email will not be accepted.
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