The Alberta Rules of Court Amendment Regulation (AR 140/2013) has been made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, effective July 25, 2013. The Regulation can be viewed online at:
Included are amendments to rule 4.33 [Dismissal for long delay] otherwise known as the ‘drop dead rule’so that the Court, on application (and subject to certain exceptions), must dismiss the action as against the applicant if 3 or more years has passed without a significant advance in the action. Currently the Court must do so if 2 or more years has passed after the last thing done that significantly advanced the action.
Click here for an overview of these amendments to the Rules.
The Rules of Court Committee has an ongoing statutory role in examining the Rules and making recommendations to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General from time to time regarding amendments to the Rules.