News and Announcements

  • Condensed Books

    Dec 18, 2020
    The decision to hold oral arguments electronically during the pandemic has highlighted a challenge during submissions when counsel and self-represented litigants refer the panel to materials in the record before the Court. As a result, commencing February 1, 2021, parties will have the option of filing a Condensed Book as an aid to assist in oral argument in both civil and criminal appeals.
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  • Revised 2021 Sitting Dates

    Dec 17, 2020
    The 2021 Court of Appeal sitting dates have been revised. Details and the new list of dates are included in this notice.
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  • COVID-19 - Restricted Access to Courthouses

    Nov 27, 2020
    The Alberta Courts are attempting to balance the open court principle with public health priorities. Given the ongoing public health crisis, the Courts are continuing to take proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta continues to be restricted until further notice.
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  • Covid-19 - Electronic Hearings Update

    Oct 27, 2020
    The purpose of this Notice is to advise that, unless otherwise directed, all proceedings will continue to be heard electronically by videoconference until further notice.
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  • Canadian Lawyer: Alberta Court of Appeal launches digital case management system

    Oct 15, 2020
    Canadian Lawyer spoke to a member of the Calgary bar about the Alberta Court of Appeal's new public portal of its digital case management system (CAMS) and how the portal is helping make the appeal process more accessible. The online tool, which officially launched on August 31, 2020, allows lawyers and self-represented litigants to file case materials electronically through the court's website as well as have access to information about their appeals. Also included in the article is a link to Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser's video announcing the portal's launch.
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  • Video Message from the Chief Justice - Introducing the Court of Appeal Management System

    Sep 14, 2020
    Alberta Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser unveils the public portal of the Court's digital case management system, CAMS, which allows counsel and self-represented litigants to file documents electronically and access all of their case materials and information about their appeals online. The Chief Justice also discusses the history of the CAMS project, its importance to the Court’s goal of fully digitizing its operations and how the new system is helping to improve the delivery of justice.
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  • Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS)

    Aug 31, 2020
    On August 31, 2020, the Court of Appeal will launch the public portal of its digital Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS). Starting Monday, in addition to filing materials electronically, counsel and self-represented litigants will have online access to all of their case materials and can retrieve other information about their appeals including the full text of all filed documents, deadlines, hearing dates, outcomes and more. CAMS already enables judges and court staff to access and work with all court files electronically.
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  • COVID-19 - Electronic Hearings Update

    Aug 27, 2020
    The purpose of this Notice is to confirm that the Court of Appeal will continue to use electronic hearings for all Court proceedings until at least November 1, 2020.
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  • Appeal Conference Pilot Project for Family Law Fast Track Appeals

    Aug 14, 2020
    On October 1, 2020, the Court of Appeal will commence an Appeal Conference (AC) pilot project for all Family Law Fast Track Appeals. The purpose of the pilot project is to increase access to justice and encourage resolution between parties of outstanding appeals in an effort to reduce family conflicts and expenses.
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  • Judicial Dispute Resolution Pilot Project

    Aug 14, 2020
    The Court of Appeal is continuing its efforts to encourage early resolution of appeal matters by, in part, expanding the existing Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) program. The Court’s JDRs are governed by Rules 14.60 and 14.61, and Part D of the Consolidated Practice Directions (CPD).
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  • Practice Direction on Electronic Filing and Terms of Use

    Aug 14, 2020
    On June 30, 2020, the Court of Appeal announced that it would launch the public portal of its e-filing system called CAMS on August 31, 2020.
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  • Court of Appeal E-Filing

    Jul 21, 2020
    On August 31, 2020, the Court of Appeal of Alberta will launch the public portal of its e-filing system called CAMS. The Court of Appeal Management System (CAMS) is a comprehensive case and document management system and an electronic filing system that provides registered users the ability to electronically initiate an appeal, file materials, pay applicable fees and more.
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  • COVID-19 - New Procedure for Electronic Hearings – Confidentiality or Privacy Concerns

    Jul 6, 2020
    Counsel and self-represented litigants are now required to complete and submit a Confidentiality or Privacy Concerns Form prior to electronic hearings. A fillable e-form and instructions are included in this notice.
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  • COVID-19 - Electronic Hearings Update - Attendance and Resource Reminders

    Jul 6, 2020
    This notice provides an update on attendance at electronic hearings, now open to counsel and self-represented litigants, media and the wider public in accordance with the process set forth in this Notice. Also, a reminder of electronic resources available.
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  • COVID-19 - Update on Appellate Judicial Dispute Resolution and Bar Admissions

    Jul 6, 2020
    The suspension on appellate judicial dispute resolution has been lifted. However, until further notice, appellate JDR, as well as bar admissions, will be conducted through online video conference only.
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  • COVID-19 - Wearing Masks in Courthouses

    Jul 3, 2020
    The Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court are scheduled to increase in-person hearings July 6, 2020. Accordingly, to enhance safe access to Alberta courthouses, effective that day, all persons entering a courthouse in Alberta shall be required to wear a face mask while in any public area of the courthouse subject to the exceptions outline in this notice.
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  • Launch of the Public Portal of the E-Filing System

    Jun 30, 2020
    The Court of Appeal is pleased to announce that it will launch the public portal of its e-­filing system called CAMS on August 31, 2020.
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  • Virtual Fireside Chat with the Chief Justice

    Jun 29, 2020
    On May 21, Chief Justice Catherine A. Fraser and the Advocates’ Society had a fireside chat to discuss how the Court of Appeal has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, including moving to virtual hearings, and the ongoing work to “digitize” Alberta’s top court.
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  • Canadian Lawyer: Alberta Court of Appeal continues to hear all cases remotely during COVID-19 - Q&A with the Chief Justice

    Jun 1, 2020
    Canadian Lawyer has surveyed a number of chief justices of courts across Canada on how they are handling the COVID-19 crisis. Here, in the second of the series, Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, answers Canadian Lawyer’s questions about COVID-19’s impact on the Court of Appeal of Alberta.
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  • Letter to CBA and LSA - COVID-19 - Return to More Regular Sittings of the Trial Courts

    May 27, 2020
    Update to the Canadian Bar Association and Law Society from Alberta's three courts on the steps being taken to return to more regular sittings for the trial courts in response to the provincial government’s recent relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions.
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