August 18, 2020
Considering Running as Candidate in the 2020 Bencher Election?
There are two convenient ways to find out more information from lawyers who have been there themselves: watch our Insights from the Bencher Table Video or register for the Bencher Q&A Webinar.  

In the video, we asked current and former Benchers to describe their experiences so that those considering running for Bencher are equipped with first-hand knowledge. Find out more about what surprised them about becoming a Bencher, the current priorities of the Board table and what lawyers should do if they are considering running as a candidate. 

The August 19 Q&A webinar features President Kent Teskey, QC, and President-Elect Darlene Scott, QC, discussing key elements of the Bencher role, including governance, adjudication, time committment, policy making and some of the strategic goals of the Law Society in the next three to five years. Registration for the webinar ends today.

Nominations for the 2020 Bencher Election are open August 13 through September 16. The 2020 Bencher Election will be held November 2 to 16, 2020. You can find the latest election-related news on our Bencher Election website.
Practice Management 101 Webinar – Retirement
The Practice Management team is offering a free webinar on Wednesday, September 23 (noon) about retiring from the practice of law. Do you have questions about the process and timelines for winding up your practice? The team has strategies, resources and more to help you navigate this significant stage of your career.

Topics that will be covered include:
  • Making the decision to retire
  • Options for your status with the Law Society
  • Setting your effective date
  • Additional resources
Court of Appeal Notices

On June 30, 2020, the Court of Appeal announced that it would launch the public portal of its e-filing system called CAMS on August 31, 2020.

The Practice Direction on Electronic Filing will come into effect on August 31, 2020. The Practice Direction provides particulars on registration as a registered user, the submission, filing and formatting requirements of documents filed electronically and other matters related to electronic filing.

In addition, effective August 31, 2020, any use of CAMS will be subject to the Terms of Use for Registered Users of CAMS. All registered users must first read and agree to comply with such Terms.

On October 1, 2020, the Court of Appeal will commence an Appeal Conference (AC) pilot project for all Family Law Fast Track Appeals. The purpose of the pilot project is to increase access to justice and encourage resolution between parties of outstanding appeals in an effort to reduce family conflicts and expenses. The following protocol will apply:

  • The Case Management Officers will schedule a mandatory AC in all Family Law Fast Track Appeals filed on or after October 1, 2020.
  • ACs will be scheduled approximately two weeks after the Notice of Appeal is filed, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.
  • Until further notice, all ACs will be conducted electronically.
  • The parties will be required to provide a completed AC Summary Form and the written or transcribed Reasons for Decision appealed from if available.
  • The pilot project will run over a one-year term and may be amended, extended or terminated once its effectiveness is evaluated.

Detailed instructions for ACs will be provided in advance of October 1, 2020.

Any questions about the Court’s AC pilot project can be directed to the relevant Case Management Officer.

The Court of Appeal is continuing its efforts to encourage early resolution of appeal matters by, in part, expanding the existing Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) program. The Court’s JDRs are governed by Rules 14.60 and 14.61, and Part D of the Consolidated Practice Directions (CPD).

As a pilot project commencing October 1, 2020, the following protocol will apply:

  • The Court will increase the number of JDR dates in each sitting month in Calgary and Edmonton with JDRs now available the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month.
  • As set out in the CPD, all parties must agree to a JDR and, unless the assigned Justice agrees otherwise, be represented by counsel.
  • A list will be available on the Court of Appeal website of Justices who will do binding or non-binding JDRs and who will do JDRs with self-represented parties.
  • Counsel may request a particular Appeal Justice to do their JDR, and that will be accommodated if possible.
  • While most common in family matters, a JDR can be scheduled for any civil appeal, including commercial matters, and does not have to be limited only to the particular issues under appeal.
  • As advised in the Notice issued July 6, 2020, until further notice, all JDRs will be conducted electronically.
  • This pilot project will run over a one-year term and may be amended, extended or terminated once its effectiveness is evaluated.

For any questions about JDRs at the Court of Appeal, or to book a JDR, contact the relevant Case Management Officer.