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In 2014, a number of events celebrating the Centennial of the Court of Appeal of Alberta will be held throughout the province. Mark your calendars for April 2014, as the Canadian Bar Association hosts a banquet celebration in Edmonton, featuring special guests The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, and The Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta. The following day, the CBA will also host a symposium in honour of the centennial celebrations.
We are honoured and excited to welcome as keynote speaker for the symposium lunch The Right Honourable The Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA . Lady Hale, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, is the most senior female judge in the history of the United Kingdom. She brings to the Symposium program and Court of Appeal Centennial celebration a rich and diverse background as a highly accomplished legal academic, barrister, and jurist.
Thank you to 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.
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Elections and Committee Appointments
The Canadian Bar Association is successful thanks to the engagement of its members. CBA Alberta welcomes you to join committees and working groups to ensure you enjoy the many benefits of involvements in your professional association. Elections are now open for Branch Secretary and Council positions, and applications are now being accepted for Provincial and National Standing Committees. Read More >>
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.
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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.
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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