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CBA Alberta Legal Directory
Early-bird ordering is now open for the CBA Alberta Legal Directory. To order your copy, order an "enhanced listing" in the online directory, or purchase advertising in the printed or online directories, click here.
Upcoming Professional Development: Skilled Lawyers Webinars
Kick start your fall with two more Skilled Lawyers Webinar series!
Doug Mah, QC presents "Media and the Law: A Three Part Series". Mr. Mah is an Alberta lawyer with 30 years combined experience as in-house counsel and as a private practitioner. In addition to his position as Secretary & General Counsel at the Workers Compensation Board, he is also a current Bencher and Past President (2011-12) of the Law Society of Alberta, and a Sessional Instructor at Grant McEwan University in Edmonton. Mr. Mah is well known for his intelligence and humour across the CBA as one of the favourite regular columnists in National Magazine. Mr. Mah recently published the book The Law of the Written Word: A Legal Guide for Writers in Canada in collaboration with Jason Bodnar, and it is this book that will inform his three-part series on media law.
Part I: Social Media and the Law (September 25, 2014)
Part II: Freedom of Expression in Canada (October 23, 2014)
Part III: News Media and the Law (November 27, 2014)
*The first 25 participants who register for all three webinars in the Media and the Law series will receive a complimetary copy of Mr. Mah's book The Law of the Written Word: A Legal Guide for Writers in Canada.
The second Skilled Lawyers Webinar is presented by Patrick FItzpatrick on the topic of "Corporate and Partnership Divorces: Techniques and Tips". Mr. Fitzpatrick primarily practices in dispute resolution, and his practice involves contractual disputes, intellectual property litigation, shareholder litigation, employment law, and various other civil and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Fitzpatrick also represents purchasers and vendors in sales of businesses such as professional practices. In addition to his position as Partner at Burstall Winger Zammitt LLP, Mr. Fitzpatrick is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the CanLearn Society for Persons with Learning Difficulties; a former Director of Autism Calgary Association; a former Director of Winnipeg Crime Stoppers; and a former Director, Treasurer and Honorary President of the Manitoba Youth Parliament.
Corporate and Partnership Divorces: Techniques and Tips (September 30, 2014)
CBA Legal Conference
This year's conference focuses on the future of the legal profession, and delegates will be the first to hear the anticipated results of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative report. The conference also features speakers Zita Cobb, Native Newfoundlander and President of the Shorefast Foundation, Newfoundland-born Rex Murphy, CBC personality, and Lyn Heward, former Director of Creation for Cirque du Soleil.
Click here to register and for more information.
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.
Reduction in Judicial Dispute Resolution Bookings, Calgary and Edmonton
Due to the ongoing shortage of judicial reosurces at the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, the Court has been put in a position where it must curtail some of its services.
As a result, beginning in the Fall of 2004, and until such time as the Court has sufficient resources, the Court will reduce the number of Justices hearing JDRs, in Calgary and Edmonton, from 3 to 2 per week. Read More >>
New Booking Procedures in Calgary and Edmonton for JDRs
The following procedures will apply for this purpose as follows:
1. The list of available dates and assigned JDR justices has now been posted on the website. Read More >>
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. Read More >>
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 >>
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NEW POSTING: University of Alberta Risk Management Services, Edmonton - Manager, Insurance and Risk Assessment
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