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.
August 10, 2020 - EXTENSION OF TRIAL TRIAGE BOOKING INTO FALL SITTINGS. The Court is extending the Trial Triage Booking Announcement into the Fall Sitting from September 8 to December 18, 2020 for Family, Civil and Commercial short trials and full day specials . Priority will continue to be given to matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 and June 26, 2020, and adjourned pursuant to the Court’s Master Orders due to the pandemic.In Edmonton, additional priority will be given to urgent trials, as there are fewer available slots.
July 10, 2020 - SUSPENSION OF THE EMERGENCY/URGENT HEARING REQUEST PROCESS. 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.
July 8, 2020 - GUIDELINES FOR DOCUMENTS FILED BY EMAIL OR DIGITAL UPLOAD. 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.
July 7, 2020 - TRIAL TRIAGE BOOKING - JULY AND AUGUST 2020. While the Announcement of May 22, 2020 related to slots being made available for short (5 days or less) judge alone Criminal trials, in the event the available trial slots are not filled, the Court will offer these slots to Summary Conviction Appeals for Criminal Code offences, short Family, Civil and Commercial trials or other Family, Civil and Commercial matters via Webex video and in-person, in COVID-safe courtrooms. Priority will be given to Summary Conviction Appeals, Family, Civil and Commercial trials and matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 and June 26, 2020, and adjourned pursuant to the Court’s Master Orders due to the pandemic.
July 6, 2020 - NOTICE TO THE PROFESSION & PUBLIC - WEARING MASKS IN COURTHOUSES. 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.
June 15, 2020 - REMOTE BAR ADMISSIONS. Given the current restrictions on congregations and courtrooms, the Court will continue to conduct Bar Admissions remotely. Effective immediately, Bar Admissions will be conducted via Webex, which will allow a student's family and friends to attend via Webex link.
June 4, 2020 - CRIMINAL APPEARANCE COURT AND RESCHEDULING CRIMINAL MATTERS - PROVINCE-WIDE. 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.
June 1, 2020 - CRIMINAL VOIR DIRES IN WRITING. Effective immediately, where the accused is represented by Counsel and where Crown and Defence Counsel consent to waive the conduct of an oral hearing and cross-examination on affidavit evidence, voir dires or other pre-trial applications involving Criminal Code offences (excepting cases involving ss. 276/278 of the Criminal Code which contain specific hearing requirements) may be submitted to the Court with affidavit evidence and written argument (along with an electronic copy of video tape in the case of a s. 715.1 voir dire) to be considered by way of desk application.
May 28, 2020 - REMOTE REGULAR CHAMBERS/DUTY - PROVINCE-WIDE. Effective June 3 2020, the Court will commence hearing regular Masters Chambers applications (with an anticipated length of 20 minutes or less) remotely via Webex video and audio.
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.