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Amendments to Documents Upon Demise of the Crown

Oct 17, 2022

As a result of the demise of the Crown, and under section 2.1 of the Court of Queen’s Bench Act, RSA 2000, c C-31, the name of the Court of Queen’s Bench has been automatically changed to the Court of King’s Bench.

Any new proceedings involving the Crown should describe the Crown as “Rex” or “His Majesty the King”.

There are numerous existing proceedings which name Her Majesty the Queen as a party. In order to accomplish the amendment of all of those pleadings to refer to His Majesty the King, the Chief Justice has issued the attached Blanket Order.

During a reasonable grace period, the Clerk of the Court will continue to accept documents that use the original style of cause, or that refer to the “Court of Queen’s Bench”. Appropriate changes are being made to the Court’s electronic filing systems and online fillable forms, but that process will take some time. All parties should commence using the amended names as soon as possible.

It is not necessary to refile any previously filed document to reflect these amendments.