December 21, 2021
Holiday Office Closure
Please note that our office will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, 2021 and will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. We wish you a happy holiday season.
Law Commission of Canada Job Postings
The Government of Canada announced in Budget 2021 the re-establishment of the Law Commission of Canada (the Commission). The Commission is a statutory body that provides independent advice to the federal Government on improvements, modernization and reforms aimed at ensuring a just legal system that meets the changing needs of Canadian society. The Commission will address complex challenges such as systemic racism in the justice system, legal issues around climate change, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and rapid technological shifts in the world.

Selection processes to appoint the full-time President of the Commission and part-time Commissioners have just launched.

Candidates are invited to apply by Jan. 17, 2022. Candidates can view the postings or apply online via the Justice Canada Career page or the Governor in Council Appointments website.
Court of Appeal Notice to the Profession and Public

In the Oct. 19, 2021 Notice to the Profession and Public, the Court of Appeal announced that all proceedings would continue to be heard electronically by videoconference or teleconference until Jan. 1, 2022.

The purpose of this notice is to advise that:

  • Unless otherwise directed, all appeal sittings, applications before three‑judge panels, applications before a single judge and bar admissions will continue to be heard electronically until Feb. 25, 2022; and
  • Appeal conferences and judicial dispute resolution matters will continue to be heard electronically until further notice.

The decision to extend the use of electronic hearings has again been guided by several considerations including the current public health status of the province, the evident threat from the COVID-19 Omicron variant, and the continuing need to preserve the health and safety of all court participants by minimizing traffic to the courthouses.

Access to all courthouses in Alberta continues to be restricted in accordance with the Courts’ notice dated Nov. 27, 2020. The mask requirements set out in the Courts’ notice dated July 3, 2020 will continue to apply to individuals attending at courthouses.
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