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
Judicial Dispute Resolution Booking Procedures
Judicial Centres of Calgary and Edmonton
Scheduling information and bookings procedures for Calgary and Edmonton may be found on the JDR Scheduling page at Judicial Dispute Resolution
All Other Judicial Centres
Parties are required to contact the local/regional Court Coordinator to schedule a non-binding JDR or an Family EICC.