October 2, 2020
General Counsel & Director, Regulation Announcement
The Law Society of Alberta is pleased to announce that Nancy Carruthers has accepted the role of General Counsel & Director, Regulation, effective immediately. 

Nancy joined the Law Society in 2005 as a Practice Advisor, providing confidential ethical and practice advice and delivering educational resources for lawyers. In 2015, Nancy was seconded to the role of Tribunal Counsel to establish the Tribunal Office and a new adjudicator training program. She then became the Manager of Policy & Ethics in November 2017. As part of her role in developing educational resources, Nancy is the Chair of our internal Editorial Board. She also focuses on Code of Conduct development and amendments and is a member of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s Standing Committee on the Model Code.  

In 2019, Nancy took on the role as Senior Manager, Policy & Ethics, taking on larger outward facing policy projects involving key external stakeholders, as well as overseeing the Equity Ombudsperson Office. 

Nancy was born and raised near Saskatoon and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan law school in 1990. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1991 and the Saskatchewan Bar in 1997. Nancy articled with Parlee McLaws’ Calgary office and then continued on as an associate and partner before joining the Law Society. 

Congratulations Nancy on your new role. 
Alberta Land Titles Online Now Available
After an extensive pilot period, Alberta Land Titles Online (ALTO) is now available to all lawyers in Alberta. ALTO enables the electronic creation and submission of documents to Alberta’s Land Titles Registry and allows lawyers to digitally sign and submit documents once they have created an account and enrolled in the service.

Land Titles has developed an extensive training program and how-to guides, available on the ALTO website. For more information on ALTO or support with enrolling in the program, email the ALTO Client Team.
Practice Management 101: Road to Retirement Webinar Recording
Watch the latest Practice Management 101 Webinar discussing retiring from the practice of law.

Do you have questions about the process and timelines for winding up your practice?

The Practice Management team talks about strategies, resources and more to help you navigate this stage of your career.
Court of Queen's Bench Announcements

The Court of Queen's Bench will resume scheduling Civil, Family and Commercial Trials and full day specials between January 4, 2021 and July 2, 2021. To request a Family, Civil or Commercial trial or full day special, you must complete the Family, Civil and Commercial Triage Form in full. The form is available here. Please allow three to four business days to receive a response from the Court.

Court of Queen's Bench Administration has extended the cap on email filing fees until January 31, 2021. In addition to regular filing fees, documents that are filed via email will be charged at the rate of $1 per page, capped to a maximum of $20.
The Court of Queen's Bench has extended the suspension of Rule 13.41(4) under Master Order #4 to January 31, 2021.
Provincial Court of Alberta Announcement

Certain court proceedings are now being conducted remotely by online video or by phone.
The Conduct Guide for Remote Appearances outlines best practices and points of etiquette to ensure participation in a remote hearing is as effective as possible.