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Suspension of limitation periods ends in Alberta: law society

Monday, June 01, 2020 @ 3:11 PM | By Ian Burns


The Law Society of Alberta has received notice that a ministerial order which suspended limitation periods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been extended.

The limitation periods and time periods affected by the order resumed running on June 1. Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer issued the order on March 30.

The Law Society of Alberta has also received a letter from the courts updating members of the bar on steps currently being taken to facilitate a return to more regular sittings of the trial courts. This comes in response to the provincial government’s recent relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions.

Beginning June 1, the Court of Queen’s Bench will start to schedule four trial courtrooms equipped with new plexiglass shielding for in-person trials each week in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge, with priority given to in-custody and Jordan-threatened trials. Similarly, once provincial court courthouses and courtrooms identified as priority have had the necessary protective measures put in place, the provincial court will commence hearing in-person out-of­-custody trials at these locations.