COVID-19 Announcements

Archive of expired COVID-19 Announcements available here.

 

  • Notice to Profession and Public - Update: Restricted Access to Courtrooms

    May 17, 2022
    Effective May 24, 2022, social distancing requirements and related capacity limits due to COVID 19 will be rescinded in some courtrooms in Alberta as noted below. While social distancing in those courtrooms will no longer be required, it is, nevertheless, still encouraged. We stress that social distancing and capacity limits remain in effect in all Provincial Court courtrooms until further notice. All restrictions in relation to masking, vaccination policies and the current use of Plexiglass remain in effect until further notice.
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  • Jury Selections Proof of Vaccination

    May 16, 2022
    Effective May 19, 2022, individuals who have received a summons to attend for jury selection at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta will no longer be required to produce an Alberta-issued COVID-19 vaccine record.
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  • Notice to the Public and Legal Profession - Update: Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Apr 27, 2022
    Effective May 2, 2022, the restrictions on access to courthouses set out in the Alberta Courts’ Notice to the Public and Legal Profession of March 26, 2020, will be lifted. Access to Alberta courthouses will no longer be restricted to the categories of individuals set out in that Notice. All other COVID-19 measures currently in place, including the use of Plexiglas barriers, mandatory masking, courtroom capacity limits, physical distancing, and vaccination policies will remain in effect until further notice.
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  • Calgary Jury Selections Return to Calgary Courts Centre

    Apr 22, 2022
    Effective immediately, and until further notice, jury selections in Calgary will return to the Calgary Courts Centre. Social distancing, masking and all other current pandemic-related measures will continue to be observed.
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  • UPDATED: Announcement from Court and Justice Services (CJS): New Email Filing Procedures & Naming Conventions

    Apr 20, 2022
    UPDATED Announcement : A designated naming convention must be followed for all emails sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench which contain documents for filing. If the naming convention as outlined is not followed, your documents will be sent back to you unfiled, advising you did not use the proper naming convention for the covering email. For full filing details, including specific naming conventions and examples, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • UPDATED: Extension of the Cap on Email Filing Fees To May 31, 2022

    Mar 28, 2022
    Court of Queen’s Bench Administration has extended the cap on email, digital and fax filing fees until May 31, 2022. In addition to regular filing fees, documents that are filed digitally, by email or by fax will be charged at the rate of $1 per page, capped to a maximum of $20.
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  • Alberta Courts Notice to Profession and Public: Continuation of COVID-19 Restrictions and Policies

    Mar 2, 2022
    Throughout the COVID–19 pandemic, courthouses across the province have been operating under restrictions designed to ensure the safety of all participants. Given the unique position of the Courts, where persons who attend are often compelled to do so, and where vulnerable segments of the population attend, there is an ongoing need to continue with the restrictions and policies presently in place until further notice.
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  • UPDATED - Remote Bar Admissions

    Jan 4, 2022
    Given the current restrictions on congregations and courtrooms, the Court will continue to conduct Bar Admissions remotely. Bar Admissions will be conducted via Webex, which will allow a student's family and friends to attend via Webex link.
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  • COVID-19: ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO LIMIT TRAFFIC AT COURT FACILITIES - effective Jan 4, 2022

    Dec 31, 2021
    Effective January 4, 2022 and for the weeks of January 4, 2022, January 10, 2022, and January 17, 2022, and subject to any further adjustments that may be required, additional measures to limit traffic at court facilities have been put in place. For further details, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • COVID-19 Update - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Courtrooms

    Oct 1, 2021
    The Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta (the Courts) have a responsibility to provide a safe location for all individuals who voluntarily come to or who are compelled to attend court. The Courts now provide notice that effective November 1, 2021, all Court staff, including clerks and court technology personnel, and Sheriffs must be fully vaccinated to access courtrooms in Alberta courthouses. Full details are included in the attached notice.
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  • COVID-19 - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Restricted Court Workspaces

    Sep 21, 2021
    The Court of Appeal of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta (the Courts) have a responsibility to provide a safe workspace that protects the health and safety of individuals who work in, visit, or attend the Courts’ workspaces. Accordingly, the Courts have adopted mandatory Vaccination Policies which will be in effect as of Tuesday, September 21, 2021. These Policies apply to all secure areas of courthouses used by judicial officers and certain staff to which public access is restricted. Full details are included in the attached notice.
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  • COVID-19 - Increased Access to Remote and Desk Processes

    May 11, 2021
    Further to the Court's Announcement of May 5, 2021 and its Master Order of May 7, 2021, Counsel and parties should be aware that the Court is directing additional judicial resources to desk applications and remote hearings. Counsel and parties are encouraged to utilize the increased access to remote and desk processes in civil, family, and surrogate matters.
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  • COVID-19: Additional Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities

    May 5, 2021
    On May 4, 2021, the Alberta Government announced Province-wide restrictions to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. In light of the increasing case counts, rise in variants, the ongoing risk to Justice participants, and the increased difficulties in having counsel, parties and witnesses attend in Court, restrictions are now in place for the weeks of May 10, 2021, May 17, 2021, and May 24, 2021.
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  • COVID-19 - Extension of Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities

    Apr 30, 2021
    With the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the Province of Alberta, the Court is extending and expanding its efforts to minimize traffic at all courthouses.
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  • Updated - Submission of Draft Orders in Word or PDF Format

    Mar 18, 2021
    In order to facilitate the more timely processing of draft Orders submitted to the Court via email, counsel and parties are asked to send draft Orders in .doc or docx (ie., Microsoft Word) format in Justice Chambers and Family Chambers, and PDF format in Masters' Chambers. For further details, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • Mandatory Email Filing – Civil and Family Proceedings

    Dec 17, 2020
    It is now possible for counsel to file all materials in Civil and Family proceedings electronically, via email. However, in some locations, up to 50% of the materials received by the Court have been filed with the clerk, at the counter, on paper. For the time being, while the public health crisis persists, it is in the interests of public health – and in the interests of the health of Court staff as well as counsel, court runners, and any other individuals who may be required to file materials – that personal attendance at courthouses and filing queues be avoided. To that end, the Court is mandating that any material filed by counsel, in any civil or family proceeding, must be filed electronically, via email, per the directions set out in the December 11, 2020 Announcement from RCAS.
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  • Alberta Courts Notice to the Profession & Public : Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Nov 27, 2020
    The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. Given the ongoing public health crisis, the Courts are continuing to take proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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  • Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings for Counsel, Parties, Media and the Public

    Aug 20, 2020
    During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the Court prepares for post-pandemic operations, a number of proceedings will continue to be conducted via online videoconference (Online Hearings). Counsel, parties, witnesses, the media and the public are expected to review and comply with the general guidelines found in the Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings, which is located on the Court of Queen's Bench website. For additional information, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • Resumption of Criminal Jury Selections and Criminal Jury Trials - September 8, 2020

    Aug 6, 2020
    Criminal jury selections and jury trials will resume at the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, effective September 8, 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, jury selections and jury trials will be, for the most part, be held offsite, in twelve locations across Alberta.
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  • Fax Filing Under ARC 13.41(2)(c)

    Jul 27, 2020
    Effective September 1, 2020 The Clerk of the Court will only accept filing by electronic mail (email), and will no longer accept filing by fax, as an authorized means under Alberta Rules of Court 13.41(2)(c) https://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/rules2010/Rules_vol_1.pdf .
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  • Suspension of the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Process

    Jul 10, 2020
    With the relaunch of Court sittings province-wide, the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request process is now suspended. All parties are directed to the Court's Remote Regular (morning) Chambers announcement to schedule a Chambers application.
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  • Guidelines for Documents filed by Email or Digital Upload

    Jul 8, 2020
    To facilitate the effective receipt, handling, management and use of these documents by Court staff and the judiciary, the Court has prepared the guidelines, applicable to all documents filed by email or digital upload. All counsel and parties are expected to comply with these Guidelines to the greatest extent permitted by their technological resources.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public - Wearing Masks in Courthouses

    Jul 6, 2020
    To enhance safe access to Alberta courthouses, effective July 6, 2020, all persons entering a courthouse in Alberta shall be required to wear a face mask while in any public area of the courthouse subject to the exceptions outlined in this announcement.
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  • Resumption of Family, Civil and Masters Hearing Lists Remotely Province-Wide

    Jun 30, 2020
    Beginning in July 2020, the Court will recommence some Family, Civil and Masters hearing lists remotely via Webex video and audio province-wide on regular dates.
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  • Criminal Appearance Court and Rescheduling Criminal Matters - Province-wide

    Jun 4, 2020
    The Court of Queen’s Bench will resume Criminal Appearance Court (“CAC”) province wide commencing June 5, 2020 via Webex with regular CAC dates listed in the Court Calendar and those added in the Master Orders. Booking priority will be given on CAC lists in June to September 4, 2020 to in-custody matters, trials that were Jordan-threatened prior to the pandemic and trial adjournments from March 16 to June 26, 2020.
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