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 Announcements

COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of November 30, 2020
Nov 27, 2020, 00:00 AM
Fall In-person and Remote Hearings
Sep 10, 2020, 10:00 AM
Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings for Counsel, Parties, Media and the Public
Aug 20, 2020, 00:00 AM
Fax Filing Under ARC 13.41(2)(c)
Jul 27, 2020, 00:00 AM
Binding Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDRs) - Summer Sitting Only
Jul 24, 2020, 00:00 AM
Guidelines for Documents filed by Email or Digital Upload
Jul 8, 2020, 13:30 PM
Notice to the Profession & Public - Wearing Masks in Courthouses
Jul 6, 2020, 10:50 AM
Non-Binding Judicial Dispute Resolutions (JDRs) / Family Early Intervention Case Conferences (EICCs)
Jun 4, 2020, 10:00 AM
Undertaking and Agreement for Non-Lawyers
Apr 14, 2020, 13:17 PM
Processing of Master & Justice Consent Orders by Email
Mar 30, 2020, 17:23 PM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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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.