Court of King's Bench
The Court of King's Bench is the Superior Trial Court for the Province, hearing trials in civil and criminal matters and appeals from decisions of the Court of Justice. The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Court are also judges
of Surrogate Matters, which has jurisdiction over probate and administration of estate matters.
Effective May 24, 2022, social distancing requirements and related capacity limits due to COVID‑19 will be rescinded in some courtrooms in Alberta as noted below. While social distancing in those courtrooms will no longer be required, it is, nevertheless, still encouraged. We stress that social distancing and capacity limits remain in effect in all Provincial Court courtrooms until further notice.
All restrictions in relation to masking, vaccination policies and the current use of Plexiglass remain in effect until further notice.
Social distancing requirements and related capacity limits in courtrooms in which the Court of Appeal hears matters are rescinded.
Proceedings before the Court of Appeal will be conducted in accordance with the Notice to the Profession and Public dated April 20, 2022. Effective May 2, 2022 and following, all appeal hearings and applications before three-judge panels will be conducted in person. Appeal conferences, judicial dispute resolution matters and single judge matters will continue to be heard virtually until further notice. Bar admission ceremonies will be conducted in person or virtually.
Social distancing requirements and related capacity limits in courtrooms in which the Court of Queen’s Bench hears matters are rescinded.
All matters currently scheduled to proceed remotely will continue to be heard virtually. There is no change to the Court of Queen’s Bench policies and processes governing virtual and in-person hearings going forward until further notice. For additional clarity, the following matters which could result in an increased volume of people at courthouses will continue to be heard virtually as will Bar admission ceremonies:
There is no change to the current COVID-19-related policies and processes governing the filing of materials at the Court of Queen’s Bench.
The capacity limits in courtrooms in which the Provincial Court conducts matters remain in place until further notice.
All matters currently scheduled to proceed remotely will continue to be heard remotely.
Bar admission ceremonies will be conducted in person (subject to courtroom capacity restrictions) or virtually.
Information on Case Management in civil, family & criminal matters
Civil claims that exceed $50,000 must be heard in the Court of King’s Bench
The Commercial List was established to deal with commercial insolvency law
Criminal law involves investigating and prosecuting people who may have broken the law
Family law governs the legal aspects of relationships between family members
Information on Judicial Dispute Resolution at the Court of King's Bench
Information on the process for requesting a review of lawyers' bills or assessment of court costs.
Information on Wills, Estates, & Trusteeships that are handled at the Court of King's Bench
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