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Justice "Urgent Matters Chambers"

Dec 7, 2021

Effective January 4, 2022, the Court will implement a Justice “URGENT MATTERS CHAMBERS” that will operate every day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on a pilot project basis.

Urgent Matters Chambers will deal with Emergency Protection Order and Restraining Order reviews at 9:30 am every day.

Urgent “Without Notice” applications (including restraining order applications but excluding service related applications) will be heard at 11:00 am every day.

When there is no Justice available in a Judicial Centre, without notice restraining order applications from Centres north of Red Deer can be heard in Edmonton and from Red Deer and Centres south of Red Deer can be heard in Calgary. These will be heard at 11:00 am.

Please refer to the list below for what will qualify as Urgent Matters.

Urgent Matters Chambers will also address applications for time sensitive Fiats (on notice to opposing party), and time sensitive Consent Orders. Time sensitive Fiats and time sensitive Consent Orders will be only those that relate to changing deadlines ordered in Family Docket Court or changing deadlines and other requirements set out in Family Practice Note 2. These applications will be heard only at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm each day.

Pre-Approved “with notice” urgent applications will be heard starting at 2:00 pm. The current Urgent Request protocols in place will continue to apply. The Urgent Request Form must be submitted with completed but unfiled Application/Claim and supporting Affidavit/Statements.

The Courtroom/Webex address that will be utilized for Urgent Matters Chambers will be:

Edmonton: https://albertacourts.webex.com/meet/virtual.courtroom99
Call-in Number: 1-780-851-3573
Access code/Meeting Number: 187 045 7913

Calgary: https://albertacourts.webex.com/meet/virtual.courtroom101
Call-in Number: 1-780-851-3573
Access code/Meeting Number: 2484 250 8330

This pilot project will be reviewed after 6 months to assess its effectiveness and to see if it should continue.

Urgent matters are those in which serious consequences to persons or harm to property may arise if the hearing does not proceed, or if there is a risk of loss of jurisdiction or expiration of an existing protection or restraining order, including, but not limited to:

A) Family Matters:

Orders where there is a risk of violence or immediate harm to one of the parties or a child, including applications for exclusive possession of a family home where these criteria are met.

Orders where there is a risk of removal of a child from the jurisdiction.

Emergency Protection Order reviews.

Urgent orders relating to parenting time, contact or communication with a child (that cannot reasonably be delayed).

B) Civil Matters:

Orders relating to the pandemic, including quarantine orders.

Injunctions, where there is prima facie urgency, including refusal of treatment/end of life matters.

Civil Restraining Orders.

Preservation Orders.

Urgent Orders in the nature of habeas corpus, certiorari, mandamus and prohibition.

Urgent Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Orders.