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COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of December 7, 2020

Dec 4, 2020

In response to the State of Public Health Emergency declared by the Government on November 24, 2020, the increase in active COVID-19 cases in the Province of Alberta, and the current and anticipated numbers of legal system participants, including Court staff, who may be unable to participate for COVID-19 related reasons, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is announcing the following modifications to its schedule for the week of December 7, 2020. Further announcements in respect of the subsequent weeks may follow.

1.  Regional Centres (all points outside Calgary and Edmonton):

All matters set for the week of December 7, 2020 in the Regional Centres will proceed as scheduled. To the extent that matters can be conducted remotely, that is the default.

2.  Calgary and Edmonton:

The following matters will proceed in each of Calgary and Edmonton during the week of December 7, 2020:

  • All Criminal Jury Trials;
  • Family Docket Court, including Early Intervention Case Conferences;
  • EPO Reviews;
  • Family Law Chambers;
  • Civil Chambers
  • Masters Chambers and Bankruptcy;
  • Bail;
  • Commercial Chambers;
  • All Criminal Trials and Applications;
  • All Family Trials;
  • All Family Specials;
  • Continuation of Civil Trials;
  • Urgent Civil Specials and Trials;
  • Criminal Appearance Court/Queen’s Bench Appearance Court;
  • Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences that do not require recording. Urgent Criminal PTCs which must be conducted on the record may proceed with the approval of either of Justice DeWit in Calgary or Justice Henderson in Edmonton;
  • Any specially-scheduled JDRs that do not require recording.

In Calgary, the following specific matters will be adjourned:

  • Judicial Reviews;
  • Provincial Court Civil Appeals;
  • Summary Conviction Appeals.

In Edmonton, the following specific matters will be adjourned:

  • Judicial Reviews;
  • Non-Urgent Civil Specials;
  • Provincial Court Civil Appeals;
  • Masters Appeals;
  • Summary Conviction Appeals.

In addition to the specific matters adjourned as identified above, the following matters that require FTR recording will not proceed during the week of December 7, 2020 (if scheduled to be heard):

  • Non-Urgent Civil Specials and Trials (These matters will be rescheduled as soon as possible in the Spring Term) ;
  • Bail Estreatments;
  • Adult Guardianship & Trusteeship Act List;
  • Child Support List;
  • IJO/Confirmation Hearings;
  • Seized Matters, including Case Management Matters, requiring a recording;
  • Bar Admissions;
  • Criminal PTCs requiring a recording;
  • Binding JDRs;
  • Surrogate EICCs requiring a recording.

3. Suspension of Civil/Family/Commercial Trial Bookings

As announced on November 27, 2020, in order to allow for the rescheduling of cancelled matters, the booking of new civil, family and commercial trials and lengthy specials, unless deemed urgent by Chief Justice Moreau or Associate Chief Justice Nielsen will be suspended for the next three weeks. Once all cancelled matters have been accommodated in the Spring Term, booking will recommence.

4.  Booking of Urgent Matters

Counsel and self-represented litigants may continue to book urgent matters using the processes which are in place through the Clerks’ Office.

Urgent Family Law matters may be directed, in Edmonton, to Patricia Copeman at patricia.copeman@albertacourts.ca and in Calgary to Barbara Harris at barbara.harris@albertacourts.ca.