People Principles Progress . 1914 - 2014


The Court of Appeal is the highest court in Alberta. It hears cases from the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen's Bench and various administrative tribunals. Originally called the "Alberta Supreme Court, Appellate Division", it is the court of last resort for the vast majority of cases heard in the province.

The rule of law is necessary for the defence of our free and democratic society. By resolving disputes, protecting human rights, and ensuring the legal entitlements necessary for prosperity, courts play an important role in our province. The Court of Appeal of Alberta has a long history of protecting the rights of Albertans, and will continue to do so in the future.

This page was created in honour of the Court's 100th anniversary. Established in 1914, the Court of Appeal of Alberta will celebrate its centennial in 2014. As part of the celebrations, the Court will be holding a number of events as detailed below. In addition, the Court will be presenting three commemorative videos to be first shown at the Edmonton Banquet on April 10, 2014. At this time, you may watch a preview by pressing "play" on the video below.


Media coverage

Centennial Conference (April 9-11, 2014): A three-day conference was held highlighting the history and contributions of the Court of Appeal of Alberta as well as considering a variety of substantive legal issues faced by appellate courts generally. The first two days were organized by the National Judicial Institute and were attended by appellate judges from across the country. The third day was organized by the Canadian Bar Association and was attended by both lawyers and judges. The Court of Appeal and the Canadian Bar Association were delighted to welcome as keynote speaker for the symposium lunch The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA. Lady Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, is the most senior female judge in the history of the United Kingdom. She brought to the Symposium Program and Court of Appeal Centennial celebration a rich and diverse background as a highly accomplished legal academic, barrister, and jurist.

Edmonton Banquet: On April 10, 2014, the Canadian Bar Association hosted a banquet in Edmonton for judges and members of the legal community. The banquet included a number of speakers, including The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada and The Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta.

Law Day: In April of 2014, the Canadian Bar Association put on its annual "Law Day", an event designed to provide the general public with a fun and engaging window into the legal system. The Court of Appeal participated in a number of cities throughout the province.

Calgary Banquet: On October 22, 2014, a banquet in honour of the Court of Appeal's Centenary was held at the Westin Calgary. The keynote address was given by The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The banquet was hosted by the Calgary Bar Association and the Legal Archives Society of Alberta

Please return to this site regularly for further updates.
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