COVID-19 Announcements

 

  • 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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  • Criminal Trial Triage Booking - June, July, August 2020

    May 22, 2020
    Commencing June, July and August, 2020, the Court will be hearing some short, judge-alone Criminal trials in-person in COVID-safe courtrooms. The Court will also be hearing some short, judge-alone Criminal trials via Webex video, where the accused is represented by Counsel and both Crown and Defence Counsel agree to proceed in this manner.
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  • COVID-19: Extension of Suspension of Hearings - Master Order #4

    May 14, 2020
    The Court of Queen's Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to June 26, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020, per the Court's Master Order #4 of May 14, 2020. Master Order #4 is a supplement to, and does not replace, Master Order #3 of April 21, 2020.
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  • May 2020 Pandemic Operations Rosters

    May 5, 2020
    To assist with scheduling, the Court is releasing the Roster Justices sitting in May 2020. Scheduling does not change; please continue to follow the appropriate protocol.
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  • COVID-19 and Bar Admission Ceremonies

    Apr 30, 2020
    Individuals who are eligible and wish to seek admission to the Bar of Alberta are asked to apply through the Court's Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request online form, available here: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/court-operations-schedules/urgent
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  • Legal Aid Alberta Assistance with Emergency Protection Order Review Hearings

    Apr 29, 2020
    Legal Aid Alberta is providing legal assistance to parties to Court of Queen's Bench Emergency Protection Order Review hearings remotely. See the Legal Aid Alberta announcement, and important information for Applicants and Respondents, at this link: https://www.legalaid.ab.ca/Pages/default.aspx
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  • Extension of the Cap on Email and Fax Filing Fees

    Apr 28, 2020
    Court of Queen’s Bench Administration has extended the cap on email and fax filing fees until June 30th. In addition to regular filing fees, documents that are filed via email or fax will be charged at the rate of $1 per page, capped to a maximum of $20.
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  • COVID-19: Amendments to Master Order #3

    Apr 23, 2020
    The Court has made minor amendments to clarify its Master Order #3, which sets out limitations on hearings and modified processes as a result of COVID-19.
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  • COVID-19: Extension of Suspension of Hearings – Master Order #3

    Apr 21, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench will extend its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to May 31, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020, per the Court’s Master Order #3 of April 21, 2020.
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  • Undertaking and Agreement for Non-Lawyers

    Apr 14, 2020
    In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Court is conducting an increased number of hearings by videoconference or audioconference. To protect the integrity of Court proceedings, parties participating in a videoconference or audioconference hearing must sign the Undertaking and Agreement of Non-Lawyer posted to the Court’s website at: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/media, and return a signed copy via email to: CommunicationsOfficer.qb@albertacourts.ca or via facsimile to: (403) 297-8625.
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  • Notice to the Profession - Temporary Modification of Filing Requirements under Surrogate Rules in Respect of Application for Grants

    Apr 14, 2020
    Applications for grants of probate and administration require the execution and submission of documents to the Court. Several of those documents, such as NC 1 and NC 2, require the original signature of the Applicant. Surrogate Rule 16 requires the Applicant to mark the back of the will for identification. NC 6.1, if applicable, requires a trustee to execute an acknowledgment. Depending on the circumstances, other affidavits, such as NC 8, NC 9 and NC 11, may be required to be completed and filed.
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  • Definition of Emergency/Urgent Matters

    Apr 2, 2020
    The Court continues to hear emergency and urgent matters during the COVID-19 outbreak. A definition of which matters may be deemed to be emergency or urgent is reproduced here, in full, from Appendix B of the all-Courts' Notice to Profession and Public.
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  • Notice to the Public and Legal Profession: Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Mar 27, 2020
    The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. The Courts are taking proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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  • Requests to the Court for Emergency/Urgent Hearings in all Criminal, Family, Commercial and Civil Matters

    Mar 26, 2020
    All requests for an emergency or urgent hearing during the sitting suspension period should be submitted via the online Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Form. All emergency/urgent hearings will be presided over by Justices or Masters in the following locations, as set out in the Amended Master Order #2 of March 25, 2020.
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  • COVID-19: Amendments to Master Order #2

    Mar 25, 2020
    The Court has made minor amendments to clarify its Master Order #2, which sets out limitations on hearings and modified processes as a result of COVID-19.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public: Remote Commissioning of Affidavits for use in Civil and Family Proceedings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Mar 25, 2020
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, some accommodation must be made for the commissioning of affidavits in circumstances where it is not possible or is medically unsafe for the deponent to physically attend before a commissioner. Examples might include deponents who are unable to leave their residences, are not permitted to receive visitors, or for those who are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine.
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  • Announcement from Resolution & Court Administration Services (RCAS): Email Filing of Court Documents

    Mar 23, 2020
    Effective March 24, 2020, law firms and lawyers with existing fax filing accounts or law firms and lawyers wishing to open a fax filing account are now permitted to file documents in their local judicial centre. This will help limit the number of people coming into courthouses throughout the province and allow lawyers to better manage remote working arrangements.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public Regarding Courts' Responses to Covid-19 Pandemic

    Mar 23, 2020
    COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is having widespread effects. Given recent events, the Courts are striving to maintain core court operations while safeguarding public health and safety. Our actions have been, and will be, guided by the advice of public health authorities. In particular, Court operations have been significantly affected by the Premier of Alberta’s declaration on March 17th of a Public Health Emergency, by absenteeism due to self-isolation measures, child care issues and other circumstances and by the public’s need to ensure social distancing, avoid public gatherings and stay home where possible. In response, each Court has made public announcements regarding steps taken to address current challenges. That has included suspension of in-person hearings in certain circumstances. Certain cases have been, and will be, adjourned indefinitely or to a future date for hearing. Others will, until further notice, continue to be heard although on a much-reduced basis or in a different manner.
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  • COVID-19: Extension of Suspension of Sittings

    Mar 20, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench will continue to limit hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. A list of emergency and urgent matters is set out in Appendix C to the Court’s Master Order #2 of March 20, 2020
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  • COVID-19: A Message from the Chief Justice of Canada

    Mar 18, 2020
    A message from the Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, C.P.
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  • COVID-19: Suspension of Sittings

    Mar 15, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is limiting hearings to emergency or urgent matters only.
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  • COVID-19 and Court Proceedings with Hearing Lists

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is implementing social distancing measures in Chambers, Criminal Appearance/Arraignment Court and other Court proceedings with hearing lists.
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  • COVID-19 and Bar Admission Ceremonies

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is limiting Bar Admission ceremonies and implementing social distancing measures in Court proceedings. This directive is effective immediately:
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  • Suspension of Upcoming Jury Trials and Jury Selection

    Mar 13, 2020
    To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is temporarily suspending all upcoming jury trials and jury selection. This suspension is effective immediately until May 31, 2020 or further notice from the Court; and applies to all jury trials and jury selections that have not yet commenced in Court.
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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

    Mar 12, 2020
    Alberta is experiencing an increase in cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is anticipated that the virus will continue to spread. The Court is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, with a view to being prepared in the event of a disruption to court operations at court locations or a declaration by the provincial or federal government that impacts our court operations.
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