Judicial Dispute Resolution

What is Judicial Dispute Resolution?

Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a confidential pre-trial settlement conference led by a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. The objective of a JDR is to resolve the dispute so a trial will be either unnecessary, or at most limited to those issues on which the parties do not agree. The parties meet with Justice to confidentially discuss the background of the case and what the parties feel is important in the case. The participants will then discuss possible solutions. If no agreement is reached,  the Justice may give a non-binding opinion of what decision they would make if this case and these facts were presented at trial. The Justice’s non-binding opinion may help the parties and their lawyers reach a resolution without having to go to trial. A settlement is only reached if everyone agrees. Binding JDRs are also available at the Court of Queen’s Bench. In these cases the parties agree that the Justice’s opinion will be binding.

Source: Department of Justice, Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Judicial Dispute Resolution Announcements

COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of May 31, 2021 and Following
May 28, 2021, 00:00 AM
Email filing issues in Calgary
May 20, 2021, 00:00 AM
Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) Handbooks for Self-Represented Litigants
May 14, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Master Order #5 / COVID-19 - ORDONNANCE DIRECTRICE No 5
May 7, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Additional Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities
May 5, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19 - Extension of Measures to Limit Traffic at Court Facilities
Apr 30, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule Commencing the Week of February 1, 2021
Jan 29, 2021, 09:00 AM
Extension of the Cap on Email Filing Fees To June 30, 2021
Jan 22, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 18 and 25, 2021
Jan 15, 2021, 13:00 PM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Weeks of January 4 and 11, 2021
Dec 21, 2020, 00:00 AM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Notice to the Profession & Public 2019-03 Lifting suspension of ADRPDF132.65 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - JDR Booking Reduction - 2014-06PDF197.17 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - New JDR Booking Procedure in Calgary & Edmonton - 2014-05PDF538.22 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Citation of Authorities - 2013-06PDF817.06 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Assignment of Judicial Dispute Resolution Under Rule 4.16(1) - 2013-03PDF347.15 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Mandatory Dispute Resolution Requirement before Entry for Trial - 2013-01PDF306.52 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial - 2011-06PDF296.67 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial - 2010-07PDF48.19 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download

Judicial Dispute Resolution Booking Procedures

Judicial Centres of Calgary and Edmonton

Scheduling information and bookings procedures for Calgary and Edmonton may be found on the JDR Scheduling page at  Judicial Dispute Resolution

All Other Judicial Centres

Parties are required to contact the local/regional Court Coordinator to schedule a non-binding JDR or an Family EICC.