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  • Launch of the Surrogate Digital Service

    May 16, 2022
    Effective June 15, 2022, Alberta lawyers will be able to file applications for certain types of grants in surrogate matters using the online Surrogate Digital Service (SDS). An instruction page for the use of SDS, including a list of key dates for counsel, is now available, here: https://surrogate.alberta.ca/.
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  • New Court Information Access Guide for Alberta

    May 6, 2022
    The Court of Appeal of Alberta, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and Provincial Court of Alberta, have released a new Court Information Access Guide for Alberta. The CIAGA replaces the former Alberta Courts Public and Media Access Guide and applies to all proceedings in the Alberta courts. Lawyers, members of the public, and media wanting to access court information should familiarize themselves with the new CIAGA.
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  • AMENDMENTS TO SURROGATE RULES AND FORMS - SURROGATE DIGITAL SERVICE

    Apr 25, 2022
    Effective June 15, 2022, applications for most grants typically issued in connection with surrogate matters will require completion of new Grant Application (GA) forms. Members of the Law Society of Alberta will also be permitted to apply for certain types of grants using an electronic system called the Surrogate Digital Service. For further details, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • UPDATED: Announcement from Court and Justice Services (CJS): New Email Filing Procedures & Naming Conventions

    Apr 20, 2022
    UPDATED Announcement : A designated naming convention must be followed for all emails sent to the Court of Queen’s Bench which contain documents for filing. If the naming convention as outlined is not followed, your documents will be sent back to you unfiled, advising you did not use the proper naming convention for the covering email. For full filing details, including specific naming conventions and examples, please refer to the full announcement.
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  • Retirement Profile On The Honourable Justice Alan D. Macleod

    Mar 21, 2022
    A Retirement Profile of the Honourable Justice Alan D. Macleod.
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  • New Civil Practice Notes 1 and 3 - Effective April 14, 2022

    Mar 15, 2022
    The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is engaged in a project to consolidate and clarify its processes as set out in its Practice Notes, Notices to Profession and Public, and Announcements. As a first step in this project, effective April 14, 2022, Court of Queen’s Bench Civil Practice Notes 1 and 2 will be consolidated into a new Civil Practice Note 1: Justice and Masters’ Chambers. Civil Practice Notes 3 and 6 will be consolidated into a new Civil Practice Note 3: Class Proceedings.
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  • Limited Release of the Court Case Management (CCM) Digital Service for Commercial

    Mar 14, 2022
    On March 15, 2022, there will be an initial beta release of the Court Case Management (CCM) on-line digital service; a service of the Government of Alberta’s Justice Digital initiative.
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  • Profile On The Honourable Justice Melanie Hayes-Richards

    Feb 10, 2022
    A profile on The Honourable Justice Melanie Hayes-Richards, Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta.
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  • Estate Case Conferences (ECCs)

    Feb 2, 2022
    In 2019, the Court of Queen’s Bench initiated a pilot project with Justices conducting Estate Early Intervention Conferences. These were intended to facilitate the orderly conduct and early resolution of litigation in estate matters. This Announcement describes the Court’s current policies and procedures relating to that project. Those policies and procedures expand the options available to litigants. That expansion seeks to provide access to two different types of ECCs. Parties will be able to choose a form of ECC which will be most relevant to the issues confronting them at their particular point in the litigation continuum.
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  • Mandatory Use of the Queen's Bench Filing Digital Service (FDS) for Pleadings Not Requiring Fee Waivers in Civil Claims: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge

    Jan 28, 2022
    The Queen’s Bench Filing Digital Service (FDS) allows lawyers and legal assistants to file a wide range of Civil: General Filing and Claims documents not requiring fee waivers electronically, in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Lethbridge. Because FDS requires the creation of an account, it is available to lawyers (and legal assistants) and law firms only. This Announcement does not apply to filings made by self-represented litigants.
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