Alberta Courts Closed Indefinitely
| March 17, 2020 |
The Federal and Provincial Governments have announced closures and safety recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Sunday March 15, 2020, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta announced all courts would be closed to general matters. Existing hearing dates have been cancelled and no new dates can be booked until further notice. Only emergency applications will be heard and require prior permission from the court. The Court of Queen's Bench deals with serious criminal matters, civil matters over $50,000, Real Property matters, Estates and Divorces.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Provincial Court of Alberta followed suit and announced they would be suspending all non-emergency operations for 10 weeks. If you already have a court date booked, it is rescheduled for 10 weeks from the date of the original booking. The Provincial Court deals with most criminal matters and bail hearings, civil matters under $50,000 (Small Claims Court), Traffic Court, Family Law Act matters and Child Protection.
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.
Should the pandemic continue or worsen, the courts could potentially be closed into May or later.
Kinetic Law remains open and continues to provide a variety of legal services.
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. 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, skype 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 so that everything is ready to be filed as soon as the court reopens. If you would like to book an appointment, contact us.
For more information on COVID-19 corona virus, see the Government of Alberta website here: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
For more information on the court closures, see the following links,
Any questions, give us a call at 780-428-1593.