The Court has approved a pilot project amending the deadlines in paragraph 9a of Civil Practice Note 2 for Master’s Special Applications in Edmonton as follows:
- Applicant's application, brief and authorities - 2 weeks following the booking date (also known as the “triggering” date)
- Respondent's brief and authorities - 4 weeks following the triggering date
- Cross-application and any further information/materials with leave of the Court
The new filing deadlines apply only to Master’s Special Applications to be booked in Edmonton after July 1, 2018. All other parts of Civil Practice Note 2 Special Applications continue to apply mutatis mutandis (with any necessary changes) to Master’s Special Applications in Edmonton.
The Court may strike applications or impose other consequences for failing to meet deadline requirements, unless a filed Order adjusting deadlines has been granted and a copy provided to the Masters’ Office prior to the deadline in question.
In accordance with the Alberta Rules of Court (R1.2, 4.1 and 4.2), the parties are responsible for managing their litigation in a timely and cost-effective way. The Court expects that parties will not book a Master’s Special Application until affidavit exchange and questioning is completed; other methods of dispute resolution have been considered; and the parties are prepared to file a brief and proceed to a hearing.
The aim of the new deadlines is to promote the early exchange of information between parties to foster resolution or ensure party readiness for a hearing. By placing deadlines for filing materials at the front end of proceedings, the Court may re-schedule slots when matters resolve, are adjourned, or struck for failing to meet deadline requirements.
The Court will be monitoring the Pilot Project closely with a view to determining whether it should be abandoned or expanded beyond Edmonton Master’s Special Applications. Feedback on the pilot project may be provided to Laurie.Traverse@albertacourts.ca.