News and Announcements

  • Court of Appeal Edmonton Operations for the Week of January 16, 2023

    Jan 13, 2023
    Further to the January 4, 2023 announcement regarding Court of Appeal operations, partial power has been restored to the South Tower of the Edmonton Law Courts.
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  • Limited Operations on January 4, 2023

    Jan 4, 2023
    Due to a major power failure yesterday at the Edmonton Law Courts facility, Edmonton Court of Appeal operations are limited at this site today. There will be no Court of Appeal counter service today. E-filing remains active and monitored. Court of Appeal Edmonton hearings scheduled for today will be adjourned, and Edmonton duty matters will proceed virtually at 9:30 a.m.
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  • Court of Appeal Edmonton Operations for January 5th and 6th, 2023

    Jan 4, 2023
    Further to the January 4, 2023 announcement regarding limited operations, the South Tower of the Edmonton Law Courts remains closed due to a power outage.
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  • Statement by Chief Justice Ritu Khullar

    Nov 28, 2022
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  • Court of Appeal of Alberta Christmas Closure Protocol

    Nov 28, 2022
    The current agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees includes a provision for Christmas closure. The Court of Appeal of Alberta will be closed on December 24, 2022 through January 2, 2023. On December 29, and 30, 2022 the Court of Appeal will hear only emergency applications. Any material that would ordinarily be filed on those days can be filed on January 3, 2023.
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  • News Release: Alberta Court of Appeal welcomes New Chief Justice

    Nov 28, 2022
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  • COVID-19 Update - Access to Restricted Court Workspaces

    Nov 7, 2022
    The access policy contained in the Tri-Court Notice of September 21, 2021 setting out access requirements for counsel, service providers and visitors to the secure areas of Alberta courthouses is rescinded effective November 14th, 2022.
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  • Revised 2023 Court of Appeal Sitting Dates

    Nov 2, 2022
    The May 2023 Court sitting dates are amended so that the Sentence Appeal Hearings in Edmonton commence on May 24, 2023.
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  • Amendments to Documents upon Demise of the Crown

    Oct 13, 2022
    As a result of the demise of the Crown, the name of the Court of Queen’s Bench has been automatically changed to the Court of King’s Bench.
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  • Grace Period for Forms and Filings

    Sep 14, 2022
    There are a significant number of Forms and Templates posted to the Alberta Court of Appeal’s website and elsewhere that contain references to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta or Her Majesty the Queen. With the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and section 2.1 of the Court of Queen’s Bench Act, the Court of Queen’s Bench immediately became the Court of King’s Bench. The Alberta government has indicated here that legislation that refers to the Court of Queen’s Bench or Her Majesty will be amended as soon as possible. In the interim period, counsel and litigants are encouraged to adopt the new nomenclature of Court of King’s Bench and His Majesty in filings. However, the Court will continue to accept Forms and other filed documents that refer to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta or Her Majesty the Queen until further notice.
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  • Statement on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Sep 8, 2022
    On behalf of Alberta’s Courts, on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we extend our heartful sympathies to Her Late Majesty’s eldest son, King Charles III, and to all members of the Royal Family.
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  • News Release - Retirement of Chief Justice Catherine Anne Fraser

    Jul 29, 2022
    EDMONTON, JULY 29, 2022 – After 30 years as Chief Justice of Alberta, the Honourable Catherine Anne Fraser, who is also Chief Justice of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Courts of Appeal, is retiring effective July 30, 2022. Her appointment as Alberta’s Chief Justice on March 12, 1992 marked the first time a woman had been appointed chief justice of a province in Canada.
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  • Masking and Social Distancing in Courthouses

    Jul 4, 2022
    Effective July 4, 2022, masking, as with social distancing, is no longer mandatory in public areas, including courtrooms, or secure workplaces in Alberta courthouses. However, a presiding Judge or Master may direct either or both masking and social distancing in a particular courtroom where the circumstances so warrant.
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  • Update: Access To Courthouses

    Jun 7, 2022
    Covid-19 prevention measures remain in force.
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  • Restricted Access to Courtrooms

    May 17, 2022
    Effective May 24, 2022, social distancing requirements and related capacity limits due to COVID‑19 will be rescinded in some courtrooms in Alberta as noted below. While social distancing in those courtrooms will no longer be required, it is, nevertheless, still encouraged. We stress that social distancing and capacity limits remain in effect in all Provincial Court courtrooms until further notice. All restrictions in relation to masking, vaccination policies and the current use of Plexiglass remain in effect until further notice.
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  • Opinion in Reference re Impact Assessment Act

    May 10, 2022
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  • Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Apr 28, 2022
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  • Policy for Public Access to the Court Record

    Apr 25, 2022
    The open court principle is a hallmark of any democratic society. Public access to court proceedings fosters many fundamental values including public confidence in the judicial system, understanding of the administration of justice and judicial accountability. The open court principle is inextricably linked to the freedom of expression and freedom of the press as protected by s. 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Included within the open court principle is the public’s right to access court records. The Court of Appeal of Alberta will adopt the attached Policy for Public Access to the Court Record on May 2, 2022.
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  • COVID-19 – Update on Court Operations

    Apr 20, 2022
    The Court of Appeal will resume in-person hearings on May 2, 2022 as set out below. As always during the pandemic, the Court is guided by several considerations including the continuing need to ensure the health and safety of all Court participants.
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  • Announcement to the Members of the Bar

    Mar 24, 2022
    Join the Chief Justice of Alberta, Justices, and senior staff of the Court of Appeal for a discussion on current and future state of court operations, including virtual and hybrid hearings, appeal conferences and JDRs, public access to court records and more. We welcome your input on these topics at this time.
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