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Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench updates procedures for criminal court appearances, family cases

Friday, June 05, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | By Ian Burns

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has announced new directives on criminal appearance court and judicial case conferences as courts in the province continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The court resumed criminal appearance court (CAC) provincewide June 5 via Webex, with regular CAC dates listed in the court calendar and those added in the master orders. Booking priority will be given on CAC lists in June to Sept. 4 to in-custody matters, trials that were Jordan-threatened prior to the pandemic and trial adjournments from March 16 to June 26. During these CAC dates, matters meeting one of these criteria will be scheduled for hearings. More information can be found here.

The court has also announced it will hear non-binding judicial dispute resolutions (JDR) and family early intervention case conferences (EICC) over June, July and August. For JDRs, all parties must be represented by counsel and all counsel must agree to proceed with the JDR remotely via Webex video and audio. For family EICCs, all parties must agree to proceed with the EICC remotely via Webex video and audio. Priority will be given to JDRs and family EICCs that were scheduled for a hearing between March 16 and June 26 and cancelled pursuant to the court’s master orders during the pandemic. Additional priority consideration will also be given to trials scheduled to commence this calendar year. See here for additional information.