Legal Community Response to COVID-19

  • March 19, 2020

We will continue to update this page with information from the legal community as the COVID-19 situation in Canada progresses. If you have information you would like included here, please email communications@cba-alberta.org. For information on CBA Alberta's response to the outbreak, click here.

Court Updates

  • Provincial Court of Alberta (March 23, 2020) - The Court is reducing the number of courthouses and courtrooms that are operational. Court locations that remain open are conducting urgent business only. See updated announcement for more information >>
  • Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (March 20, 2020) - The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta will continue to limit hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. A list of emergency and urgent matters is available on the QBA website >>
  • Court of Appeal of Alberta (March 17, 2020) - Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, it is recommended that only those persons necessary to the proceedings attend before the Court. This will include Counsel, litigants and members of the media. No one who is ill or experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms should attend. Read More >>
  • Provincial Court of Alberta (March 16, 2020) - To protect the health and safety of all court users while ensuring respect for the legal rights of accused persios and civil litigants, the Provincial Court of Alberta is limiting all regular operations, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. Read More >>
  • Federal Court of Appeal (March 16, 2020) - The Federal Court of Appeal is adjourning all hearings scheduled to be heard between now and April 17, 2020 with the exception of urgent matters that will be heard by teleconference. Read More >>
  • Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (April 15, 2020) - To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta is limiting hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. Read More >>
  • Federal Court of Canada (March 13, 2020) - The Federal Court will be closed to visitors, though the Court will remain open for urgent case-related matters. All general sittings of the court are cancelled. Hearings, special sittings and case conferences that are already scheduled to proceed by way of telephone during that period will proceed as scheduled, unless a request is made to adjourn. All other hearings and trials of the Court previously scheduled to proceed during this two-week period are adjourned. Read More >>
  • Tax Court of Canada (March 13, 2020) - Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to ensure the health and safety of the public, the TCC staff and its judges, all sittings scheduled and conference calls for the weeks of March 16th and March 23rd, 2020 have been cancelled. Read More >>

Legal Community Updates

  • Alberta Law Libraries have closed all public facing library visitors effective March 16, 2020, and will be temporarily closed until the spaces are prepared for social distancing measures and to confirm further recommendations on the use of public spaces in our courthouses. Check their website and Twitter for updates on this temporary closure.
  • Calgary Legal Guidance: Effective at 4:00 PM on March 16, 2020, the Calgary Legal Guidance office will be closed to staff, volunteers and members of the public until further notice. All onsite and outreach clinics, and public legal education sessions are cancelled until further notice.
  • The Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) is closed to the public and volunteers until Monday, March 30. Updates will be provided if this date needs to be extended. At this time, all clinic appointmntes involving volunteer lawyers have been cancelled. All public legal eductaion sessions are cancelled until further notice. ECLC staff will be handling incoming client telephone inquiries, with those deemed most important booked with telephone clinic appointments with staff lawyers.
  • Law Society of Alberta: In response to the City of Calgary's declaration of a state of emergency, the Law Society of Alberta, Alberta Lawyers Indemnity Association (ALIA) and Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) are closing their offices until further notice. Read More >>
  • Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) temporarily suspended the Civil Claims Duty Counsel and Queen's Bench Court Assistance programs at the Calgary and Edmonton Courthouses on Friday, March 13. PBLA will also be closing its offices, effective Thursday, March 19. The Volunteer Lawyer Services Roster Program will continue to operate. PBLA staff will be working remotely and response times may be delayed. Please refer to the PBLA website for additional information, updates and alternative legal resources.