COVID-19 Announcements Archive

 

 

  • COVID-19 - Increased Access to Remote and Desk Processes

    May 11, 2021
    Further to the Court's Announcement of May 5, 2021 and its Master Order of May 7, 2021, Counsel and parties should be aware that the Court is directing additional judicial resources to desk applications and remote hearings. Counsel and parties are encouraged to utilize the increased access to remote and desk processes in civil, family, and surrogate matters.
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  • COVID-19: Master Order #5 / COVID-19 - ORDONNANCE DIRECTRICE No 5

    May 7, 2021
    Further to the Court's Announcement of May 5, 2021, the Court is taking additional steps to reduce in-person attendance at courthouses for the period of May 10 to May 28, 2021, per Master Order #5. / À la suite de l'annonce de la Cour faite le 5 mai 2021, la Cour prend des mesures supplémentaires afin de réduire la présence en personne dans les palais de justice pour la période du 10 mai au 28 mai 2021, et ce, conformément à l'ordonnance directrice No 5.
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  • COVID-19: Additional Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities

    May 5, 2021
    On May 4, 2021, the Alberta Government announced Province-wide restrictions to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. In light of the increasing case counts, rise in variants, the ongoing risk to Justice participants, and the increased difficulties in having counsel, parties and witnesses attend in Court, restrictions are now in place for the weeks of May 10, 2021, May 17, 2021, and May 24, 2021.
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  • COVID-19 - Extension of Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities

    Apr 30, 2021
    With the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the Province of Alberta, the Court is extending and expanding its efforts to minimize traffic at all courthouses.
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  • COVID-19: Extension of Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities

    Apr 9, 2021
    On April 6, 2021, the Province of Alberta and the Chief Medical Officer of Health put in place additional measures to protect the health system and to reduce the rising spread of COVID-19. The Court will hear all matters currently booked, but will continue its efforts to minimize traffic at all courthouses.
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  • COVID-19: Court Schedule Commencing the Week of February 1, 2021

    Jan 29, 2021
    Based on the current state of the pandemic, it has been determined that it is possible to proceed with all matters currently scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for the week of February 1, 2021 and subsequent weeks. For further details, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 18 and 25, 2021

    Jan 15, 2021
    It has been determined that it is possible to proceed with all matters currently scheduled in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta for the weeks of January 18 and January 25, 2021. Counsel and parties are advised to be aware of the following, in respect of hearings scheduled for those weeks.
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  • COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 4 and 11, 2021

    Dec 21, 2020
    In response to the State of Public Health Emergency declared by the Government on November 24, 2020, the increase in active COVID-19 cases in the Province of Alberta, and the current and anticipated numbers of legal system participants, including Court staff, who may be unable to participate for COVID-19 related reasons, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is announcing the following modifications to its schedule for the week of January 4 and 11, 2021. Further announcements in respect of the subsequent weeks may follow.
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  • Edmonton Review Office - Partial Closure (Update)

    Dec 14, 2020
    Effective immediately and until January 4, 2021, due to staffing shortages, the Edmonton Review Office will be closed for administrative inquiries (i.e. in-person/telephone/email inquiries and new bookings). All previously scheduled hearings with the Edmonton Review Officer will proceed during this time. If you wish to adjourn or cancel an upcoming hearing that is already scheduled, please email Dennis.Pawlowski@albertacourts.ca.
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  • COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of December 14, 2020

    Dec 11, 2020
    In response to the State of Public Health Emergency declared by the Government on November 24, 2020, the increase in active COVID-19 cases in the Province of Alberta, and the current and anticipated numbers of legal system participants, including Court staff, who may be unable to participate for COVID-19 related reasons, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is announcing the following modifications to its schedule for the week of December 14, 2020. Further announcements in respect of the subsequent weeks may follow.
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  • COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of December 7, 2020

    Dec 4, 2020
    In response to the State of Public Health Emergency declared by the Government on November 24, 2020, the increase in active COVID-19 cases in the Province of Alberta, and the current and anticipated numbers of legal system participants, including Court staff, who may be unable to participate for COVID-19 related reasons, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is announcing the following modifications to its schedule for the week of December 7, 2020. Further announcements in respect of the subsequent weeks may follow.
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  • Alberta Courts Notice to the Profession & Public : Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Nov 27, 2020
    The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. Given the ongoing public health crisis, the Courts are continuing to take proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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  • COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of November 30, 2020

    Nov 27, 2020
    In response to the State of Public Health Emergency declared by the Government on November 24, 2020, the increase in active COVID-19 cases in the Province of Alberta, and the current and anticipated numbers of legal system participants, including Court staff, who may be unable to participate for COVID-19 related reasons, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is announcing the following modifications to its schedule for the week of November 30. Further announcements in respect of the subsequent weeks may follow.
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  • Edmonton Review Office - Partial Closure

    Nov 26, 2020
    Effective immediately and until December 7, 2020, due to staffing shortages, the Edmonton Review Office will be closed for administrative inquiries (i.e. in-person/telephone/email inquiries and new bookings). All previously scheduled hearings with the Edmonton Review Officer will proceed during this time. If you wish to adjourn or cancel an upcoming hearing that is already scheduled, please email Dennis.Pawlowski@albertacourts.ca.
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  • Trial and Full Day Special Booking - Spring 2021 Term

    Oct 1, 2020
    The Court of Queen's Bench will resume scheduling Civil, Family and Commercial Trials and full day specials between January 4, 2021 and July 2, 2021. To request a Family, Civil or Commercial trial or full day special, you must complete the Family, Civil and Commercial Triage Form in full.
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  • Extension of the Cap on Email Filing Fees and the Suspension of Rule 13.41(4) to January 31, 2021

    Oct 1, 2020
    Court of Queen's Bench Administration has extended the cap on email filing fees until January 31, 2021. In addition to regular filing fees, documents that are filed via email will be charged at the rate of $1 per page, capped to a maximum of $20. The Court of Queen's Bench has extended the suspension of Rule 13.41(4) under Master Order #4 to January 31, 2021.
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  • News Release - Jury Trials Resumption

    Sep 10, 2020
    Jury selection and jury trials, paused since the March 15, 2020, suspension of regular Court operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to resume in off-site locations throughout the province, with the first jury selections having been conducted this morning in Edmonton for jury trials commencing on September 14, 2020. The first scheduled jury trial in Calgary is slated to start on September 28, 2020.
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  • Fall In-person and Remote Hearings

    Sep 10, 2020
    Commercing September 8, 2020, all matters with viva voce evidence including criminal, family and civil trials will be heard entirely in person in COVID-safe courtrooms. If any remote witnesses or video conference testimony is required, the exact date and times of the testimony must be scheduled with the appropriate Court Coordinator at least two weeks in advance. This is subject to resource availability. Remote testimony must still be approved by the presiding Justice but needs to be arranged in advance.
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  • Extension of Trial Triage Booking into Fall Sittings

    Aug 10, 2020
    The Court is extending the Trial Triage Booking Announcement into the Fall Sitting from September 8 to December 18, 2020 for Family, Civil and Commercial short trials and full day specials . Priority will continue to be given to matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 and June 26, 2020, and adjourned pursuant to the Court’s Master Orders due to the pandemic.In Edmonton, additional priority will be given to urgent trials, as there are fewer available slots.
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  • Resumption of Criminal Jury Selections and Criminal Jury Trials - September 8, 2020

    Aug 6, 2020
    Criminal jury selections and jury trials will resume at the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, effective September 8, 2020. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, jury selections and jury trials will be, for the most part, be held offsite, in twelve locations across Alberta.
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  • Edmonton Review Office - Partial Closure

    Jul 24, 2020
    Effective immediately and until August 17, 2020, due to staffing shortages, the Edmonton Review Office will be closed for administrative inquiries (i.e. in-person/telephone/email inquiries and new bookings)
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  • Suspension of the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request Process

    Jul 10, 2020
    With the relaunch of Court sittings province-wide, the Emergency/Urgent Hearing Request process is now suspended. All parties are directed to the Court's Remote Regular (morning) Chambers announcement to schedule a Chambers application.
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  • Trial Triage Booking - July and August 2020

    Jul 7, 2020
    While the Announcement of May 22, 2020 related to slots being made available for short (5 days or less) judge alone Criminal trials, in the event the available trial slots are not filled, the Court will offer these slots to Summary Conviction Appeals for Criminal Code offences, short Family, Civil and Commercial trials or other Family, Civil and Commercial matters via Webex video and in-person, in COVID-safe courtrooms. Priority will be given to Summary Conviction Appeals, Family, Civil and Commercial trials and matters scheduled to be heard between March 16 and June 26, 2020, and adjourned pursuant to the Court’s Master Orders due to the pandemic.
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  • Notice to the Profession & Public - Wearing Masks in Courthouses

    Jul 6, 2020
    To enhance safe access to Alberta courthouses, effective July 6, 2020, all persons entering a courthouse in Alberta shall be required to wear a face mask while in any public area of the courthouse subject to the exceptions outlined in this announcement.
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  • Extension of the Cap on Email and Fax Filing Fees and the Suspension of Rule 13.41(4) to September 30, 2020.

    Jun 26, 2020
    Court of Queen's Bench Administration has extended the cap on email and fax filing fees until September 30, 2020. In addition to regular filing fees, documents that are filed via email or fax will be charged at the rate of $1 per page, capped to a maximum of $20. The Court of Queen’s Bench has extended the suspension of Rule 13.41(4) under Master Order #4 to September 30, 2020. ​
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