Subject to any issues arising in particular matters between the date of this Announcement and the date of a hearing that may require an adjournment due to COVID issues affecting that particular hearing, the Court Schedule for the week commencing February 28, 2022 will proceed as follows:
I. Matters Scheduled for the Week of February 28, 2022
All in-person matters and matters scheduled for a remote hearing currently scheduled to be heard in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for the week of February 28 will proceed. This includes all matters currently scheduled to be heard in person, at a court facility, including an external jury facility. Counsel or parties who wish to apply for an adjournment for COVID-19 related reasons in advance of a hearing are asked to contact the Court Coordinator in the appropriate region at the earliest opportunity. Contact information for Court Coordinators is available here: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/contact
II. Oral Evidence by Videoconference
Requests for currently scheduled in-person hearings to proceed remotely should be directed to ACJ Rooke for Calgary South, ACJ Nielsen for Edmonton, Wetaskiwin and Red Deer and to CJ Moreau for Northern Regional Centres.
III. March 3, 2022 Jury Selections
Jury selections scheduled for March 3, 2022, for trials scheduled to commence March 7, 2022, will proceed with enhanced COVID-19 measures in place to mitigate any risk to public health. Members of the jury array will be asked to produce their QR Codes and identification and the matter of whether those who do not do so should be excused from participating in jury selection will be addressed during the jury selection process by the presiding justice.
IV. Further Updates
The Court’s schedule may continue to change, subject to developments in the pandemic. Parties and counsel are encouraged to check the Court’s website regularly for further announcements. Announcements regarding the Court Schedule for subsequent weeks will be posted after the Court has reviewed staff levels and other pandemic-related issues, on Wednesday afternoons.