COVID-19 Family and Child Protection

UPDATED  MAY 27, 2020

Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters

Self-represented individuals who wish to commence a matter in the Provincial Court or wish to have an ongoing matter brought into Court, must contact a Family Court Counsellor.  Family Court Counsellors can be contacted at the following phone numbers:

  •       Edmonton:  780-427-8343                  Calgary:  403-297-6981
  •       Grande Prairie:  780-833-4200           High Prairie:  780-523-6183
  •       Hinton:  780-865-8384                        Lethbridge:  403-388-3102
  •       Medicine Hat:  403-529-8716             Red Deer:  403-340-7187
  •       Stony Plain:  780-968-5812                St. Paul:  780-614-6300
  •       Wetaskiwin:  780-361-1374                Ft. McMurray:  780-743-7345

The Caseflow and Intake Regulation (Family Court Counsellors) remains mandatory in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Grand Prairie.

Family Mediation is available by phone or video technology at no-cost to eligible participants - see Family Mediation. Family Mediators can be contacted at the following numbers:

  • Calgary: 403-297-6981
  • Edmonton: 780-427-8329
  • Elsewhere in Alberta: 403-355-2414

Notice to Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters - April 3, 2020

All Regions (including Calgary and Edmonton)

Urgent Family and Child Protection matters will continue to be heard in accordance with the protocols presently in place (Urgent Family and Child Protection matters).

Remote Family and Child Protection Applications will continue to be heard in accordance with the Remote Applications Guidelines Family and Child Protection and the Protocols:

New family matters will not be received, without leave of the court, until June 1st, 2020.  On June 1st, 2020 the court will be open to receive new family filings together with appropriate fees and these new matters will be scheduled to be heard after July 3rd, 2020.

Regions other than Calgary and Edmonton

Family and Child Protection Docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance with local protocols.

Family and Child Protection Hearings and Trials: All Family and Child Protection matters scheduled for a hearing up to July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs. Local protocols will determine how this will occur. Any adjourned trials or hearings may be subject to an additional case conference or Pre-trial Conferences as directed by the local Assistant Chief Judge.

Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences: Until further notice all Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences will proceed remotely.

Calgary (only)

Family and Child Protection Docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance the local protocols. For family applications previously scheduled in Calgary the dockets will be divided into two courtrooms.

Family and Child Protection Hearings and Trials: All Family and Child Protection matters scheduled for a hearing up to July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs. Local protocols will be developed to set out how this will occur. Any adjourned hearings may be subject to an additional case conference or Pre-trial Conference as directed by the local Assistant Chief Judge.

Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial conferences: Until further notice all Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance with local protocols.

Edmonton (only)

Child Protection docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference whenever possible, and personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary, including the assistance of a court coordinator and duty counsel.

Child Protection hearings scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs.

Family Law dockets in the afternoon will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference whenever possible, on those matters previously adjourned in March and April to the date indicated at that time. Personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary.  Dockets will be split into two courtrooms to accommodate social distancing.

Family Law trials that are presently scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed for parties and their lawyers plus witnesses only.  Parties may be contacted by the clerk’s office within the two weeks prior to their trial date as a reminder.

Judicial Dispute Resolution matters scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed for the parties and their lawyers only. 

Pre-trial conferences scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed remotely by teleconference whenever possible, and personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary.

Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs)

Regular court hours: In person EPO applications will continue to heard at court locations during regular court hours.

After regular court hours: EPO applications may be made by telecommunication in accordance with the procedure contained in the Telephone Applications for Emergency Protenction Orders (COVID-19).

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