The New Family Docket: What you need to know

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for families wishing to resolve their disputes through court ordered processes. Despite these challenges, court operations have resumed, and both the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta are hearing new family matters.

The newly implemented Family Docket in Queens’ Bench strives to provide a more flexible approach to family matters and a presiding Justice will hear the matter and provide an opinion on the best way to proceed by way of “endorsement.” The Provincial Court of Alberta is dealing with family applications the same as before the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do I schedule a Family Docket Date in Queens’ Bench?

To secure a hearing date in Family Docket in Queen’s Bench, a claimant must select an available date (they go quick!) and file a Notice to Attend. Once the Notice to Attend is filed, it must be served on the opposing party no later than five (5) days before the scheduled hearing date.

Most hearings will be held via Webex or by telephone. Details will be included on the Notice to Attend form provided by the Court once the matter is scheduled.

What outcome can I expect from Family Docket?

Possible outcomes from a Family Docket hearing include, but are not limited to:

  • Consent order;
  • Referral to alternate dispute resolution, i.e. mediation, arbitration, collaborative processes;
  • Regular chambers date; and/or
  • A special chambers date.

How we can help

Our family lawyers have become familiar with the new Family Docket process and can help you secure a hearing date, file the proper materials, and serve the materials on the opposing party. For more information on the new Family Docket, please visit this link.

NOTE: This blog post is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Should you require legal advice regarding the content of this blog post and how it applies to your situation, please contact the office to schedule an appointment to consult with a family lawyer and they would be happy to assist you.

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