Judicial Dispute Resolution
What is Judicial Dispute Resolution?
Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a confidential pre-trial settlement conference led by a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. The objective of a JDR is to resolve the dispute so a trial will be either unnecessary, or at most limited to those issues on which the parties do not agree. The parties meet with Justice to confidentially discuss the background of the case and what the parties feel is important in the case. The participants will then discuss possible solutions. If no agreement is reached, the Justice may give a non-binding opinion of what decision they would make if this case and these facts were presented at trial. The Justice’s non-binding opinion may help the parties and their lawyers reach a resolution without having to go to trial. A settlement is only reached if everyone agrees. Binding JDRs are also available at the Court of Queen’s Bench. In these cases the parties agree that the Justice’s opinion will be binding.
Source: Department of Justice, Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Notices to the Profession & Public
Priority of Assignment of Under Rule 4.16(1)
The assignment of Judiciary Dispute Resolution (JDR) hearings in Edmonton and Calgary, pursuant to Rule 4.16(1)(c), shall, on the effective date for booking after the schedule of JDR Justices is released for each upcoming term, be on a first filing basis on the following priority:
(a) for the first 24 hours, - Family Law.
(b) for the next 24 hours, those added to the “wait list” in the first three months of the last Fall or Spring terms.
(c) for the next 24 hours, all others that are ready for trial (with a filed or unfiled form 37, duly executed by all parties attached).
(d) for the next 24 hours, and subsequent days, any case.
In Judicial Centres outside of Calgary and Edmonton, the order of priority principles set out above will be considered by the Court Coordinators for booking JDR hearings.
Booking Procedures in Calgary & Edmonton for the Spring Term (January - June 2019)
The following procedures will apply for this purpose, as follows:
The list of available dates and assigned JDR Justices for EDMONTON and CALGARY have now been posted on this web site.
Please Note: Family Law JDR’s are only available on Tuesdays before the Family Resolution Judge pursuant to the June 20, 2018, Notice to the Profession & Public – Family Resolution Project & Mandatory Family Pre-Trial Conferences (NPP #2018-03) which is available at here.
No bookings will be permitted until 7:30 am on Monday, December 10, 2018.
- be made by completing, in full, the JDR Booking Request Form, which is located on the Alberta Courts Website **Please note that all fields on the form are mandatory. As such, if the form is not completed in full, it cannot be submitted.
- be submitted via e-mail using the JDR Booking Request form only (see above).
- please submit your request only on the date in which your priority falls under.
Booking priority will be given per Notice to the Profession #2013-2 of April 29, 2013 as outlined below:
- for the first 24 hours, December 10, 2018 - Family Law
- for the next 24 hours, December 11, 2018, those addedto the “wait list” in the first three months of the last Fall or Spring terms.
- for the next 24 hours, December 12, 2018, all others that are ready for trial (with a filed or unfiled form 37, duly executed by all parties attached); and
- for the next 24 hours, December 13, 2018 and subsequent days, any case.
Note: Please indicate in your “SUBJECT” line upon which priority/ies you will be relying and a brief Style of Cause and action number. If the case has been previously “wait listed”, please provide the JDR coordinator with a copy of the previous request.
Forms received prior to the 7:30am booking start time will not be considered and may be deleted. The JDR Coordinator will be in touch with booking parties within 3 weeks after booking commences to advise you of whether and when your matter has been booked, so please provide all contact information in your booking form.
If you have any questions about the above, address them to the appropriate Judicial Dispute Resolution Coordinator below: