Master Order #3 - COVID-19 - April 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. A list of emergency and urgent matters is set out in Appendix D to the Court’s Master Order #3. Parties and/or Counsel who believe that their matter is an emergency or urgent are directed to contact the Court per the Court’s Announcement of March 26, 2020.
May 22, 2020 - ELECTRONIC CRIMINAL SUMMARY CONVICTION APPEALS. Effective immediately, where the accused is represented by Counsel and where Crown and Defence Counsel agree, Summary Conviction Appeals involving Criminal Code offences may be submitted to the Court with written argument to be considered by way of desk application.
May 22, 2020 - CRIMINAL TRIAL TRIAGE BOOKING - JUNE, JULY, AUGUST 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.
May 22, 2020 - DESK APPLICATIONS - FILING SIGNED ORDERS. Effective immediately, all desk applications that are signed by a Justice or a Master will first be filed by the Court and the Applicant will be required to pay any outstanding fees pertaining to the processing of the Order, prior to the Order being returned to the Applicant for service upon the Respondent(s).
May 14, 2020 - COVID-19: EXTENSION OF SUSPENSION OF HEARINGS - MASTER ORDER #4. 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.
May 13, 2020 - LAUNCH OF FAMILY DOCKET COURT IN CALGARY AND EDMONTON. Effective May 13, 2020, the Court will be implementing a Family Docket Court in Calgary and Edmonton. All family matters must first be scheduled in Family Docket Court before any other Court process can be scheduled. It is anticipated that the first sittings of the Family Docket Court will occur in the week of May 18, 2020.
May 5, 2020 - MAY 2020 PANDEMIC OPERATIONS ROSTERS. 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.
May 5, 2020 - LAUNCH OF SUMMARY DISPOSITION COURT. The Court is now hearing Summary Dispositions via Webex in cases where all parties agree to proceed in this manner. Requests for a Summary Disposition Hearing must be made by completing the Summary Disposition Hearing Request Form online. The Court is continuing to follow the Hub model for these hearings – please ensure you select the correct Hub for the Judicial Centre the file is located in. The Justice will appear remotely from the Hub location but the file will remain in its original jurisdiction and it will be clerked there.
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.