Alberta Courts Re-Opening to Video Applications
[June 3, 2020]
Update from March 17th & May 14th posts.
In March 2020, Federal and Provincial Governments in Canada announced closures and safety recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courts were closed to all non-emergency matters.
On May 8, 2020, Notices to the Profession announced the Court of Queen's Bench is now open to non-urgent family matters and simple civil Master's matters province wide, but only by way of written desk application. Desk applications mean they are done internally, without a court date. Written applications and materials are reviewed by a judge. No one appears to make testimony or argument. The judge makes a decision after reviewing the written documents and the decision is sent by e-mail to the parties.
On May 13, 2020, Calgary and Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench announced a new Triage systems to start processing family applications. You can book a docket date for your matter, where a judge will decide how it should proceed: by desk application, mediation, urgent hearing or otherwise. Family Docket Court will be done by way of video conference. It is only for Edmonton and Calgary matters.
As of June 3, 2020, all Queen's Bench locations are hearing regular applications by video. Edmonton and Calgary applications will still need to first be booked for docket before being set for a chambers video hearing date.
As of June 1, 2020, Provincial Courts across the province are now accepting family and civil applications, set to be heard in July and later. It is not yet confirmed if these hearings will take place in person or by video or telephone.
Kinetic Law remains open and continues to provide a variety of legal services. We stay updated with the courts, legal profession and COVID news daily. We can help you with your legal matter and the new court processes as they evolve.
If you need help with a civil, family or estate matter, there are a number of alternatives to the court system. At Kinetic Law, we offer mediation and collaborative law services; we can also represent you at an arbitration if you require a decision right away. All of these can be done by way of video for your safety. For more information on alternatives to court, see our page on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
If you are self-isolating or practicing social distancing, we offer consultations over the phone, video and by e-mail. We provide legal advice, identify important issues and deadlines and provide you with options. We can represent you in communications and negotiations with the other party or lawyer. We can prepare court documents with you electronically. If you would like to book an appointment, contact us.
For more information on the Court of Queen's Bench COVID operations, visit their website here.
For news on the QB Family Docket Court in Edmonton and Calgary, visit the link here.
For any announcements from the Provincial Court, see their website here.
For more information on COVID-19 corona virus, see the Government of Alberta website here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
If you are concerned about your safety or the safety of a child and are not sure what to do, there are a number of resources available. See the Government of Alberta Family Violence Prevention webpage here.
Any questions, give us a call at 780-428-1593.