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Introducing the incoming CBA Alberta Secretary

The CBA congratulates Jenny McMordie of West End Legal Centre, who was acclaimed as the incoming Secretary on April 1, 2014!  Jenny has served as South Section Coordinator for the 2013-14 year, and has been active in many other CBA activities including National and Branch Council, sections, and the Law Day Calgary committee.

Jenny's position begins on August 17, 2014 at the conclusion of the CBA Legal Conference in Newfoundland. Congratulations Jenny!

Court of Appeal of Alberta Centennial
April 10 & 11, 2014, The Westin Edmonton

Our sincere thanks to all those who participated in the Court of Appeal of Alberta Centennial Gala and Symposium, April 10 & 11.  Our special thanks goes to our guest speakers The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, The Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta, The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA, and all those who gave their time to present at the April 11 Symposium.

We would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors - Gold Sponsors: Bennett Jones LLP and Davis LLP; Silver Sponsors: Brownlee LLP, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, Duncan Craig LLP, and MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP; Bronze Sponsors: Field Law LLP, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, McLennan Ross LLP, Miller Thompson LLP, Parlee McLaws LLP, and Witten LLP.  See a full list of our sponsors here.

2014 Federal Budget: 2 new judges for Alberta

 The CBA welcomes the allocation of two new judges in Alberta announced in the February 11 federal budget as an important first step in improving access to justice in those provinces.  

Read the full statement from CBA Alberta here >>

Limited Scope Retainers

The Alberta Branch Access to Justice Committee has released a special online report focussing on Limited Scope Retainers.  The report is available by visiting the Handbooks and Reports page.

Member Savings: Mercedes-Benz Canada

The CBA Alberta Branch is pleased to announce new savings opportunities for our members with a partnership with Mercedes-Benz Canada!  Members are entitled to a savings of up to $1500 off of the purchase of a brand new Mercedes from any one of the four authorized dealers in Alberta.  

In order to access this discount, all CBA members must download and complete a partner sign-up form from the Mercedes website, and present the form with CBA membership card to the dealership upon purchase.  

Members can visit
www.mercedes-benz.ca/cba-ab for more details, to find a dealership near you, or to download a partner sign-up form.

Notice to the Profession

Expansion of the Commercial/Duty Justice Initiative
Effective May 1, 2014, subject to the limitations discussed below, the Commercial/Duty initiative will include certain non-insolvency commercial cases.  Read More >>

Amendments to the Civil Enforcement Act
Section 92.1 of the Civil Enforcement Act is amended to provide that property in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) and any payments or refund of payments out of a RESP to or for a beneficiary to further the beneficiary's post-secondary education are exempt from creditors.  Any other payments or refund of payments out of a RESP are not exempt. Read More >> 

Summer Sittings Pilot Project
The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta is continuing its pilot project for summer trial sittings in Calgary and Edmonton.  Read More >>

Template Oral Hearing Order
Effective immediately the Template Oral Hearing order (attached) will be the basis for hearings where oral evidence is heard, except for trials under Part 8 of the Rules and oral hearings for Emergency Protection Order, which will be heard, in the normal case, on dates set for those hearings.  Read More >>

Court of Queen's Bench Criminal Proceedings Rules
Effective February 1, 2014, the Court of Queen's Bench will adopt the Criminal Proceedings Rules and Forms set out in the Court of Queen's Bench Crminal Practice Note No. 6... Read More >>

Rules Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada
Counsel are notified that the Rules Amending the Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2013-175, were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on October 23, 2013.  The amendments, which will come into force on January 1, 2014, apply to all cases.  Read More >>

Edmonton Weekly Criminal Duty Justice Pilot Project
Effective January 6, 2014, the Court of Queen's Bench will appoint a criminal duty justice on a weekly basis to handle all non-trial criminal matters in Edmonton.  Read More >>

Citation of Authorities
1.  This Notice to the Profession clarifies and recommends the practice and procedure for the citation of authorities and applies to all proceedings at the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench [the "Court"]... Read More >>

Policy on the Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms
The Court has adopted the attached policy on the use of electronic devices in courtrooms.  

The policy permits lawyers and accredited media members to use electronic devices, subject to certain restrictions.  It specifically permits accedited media members to audio record court proceedings for note verification purposes.  

CCTV Proceedings from Edmonton Remand Centre
Effective October 15, 2013, the Court shall (subject to the Court ordering otherwise in individual cases) require the use of CCTV video link for the following appearances in the Edmonton Judicial District, by persons in-custody in the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC)...
Read More >> 

Post on our Online Employment Board

NEW POSTING: Alberta Human Rights Commission, Calgary or Edmonton - Chief of the Commission and Tribunals

here to view all current opportunities.

CBA Alberta is now offering online job postings at an advertising rate of $600 for non-members and $300 for members. Not-for-profit organizations may contact the office to discuss potential discounts. 

To post a job online, contact the Communications and Marketing Specialist at 403-218-4310 or 

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