Seeking Member Feedback on the Alberta Family Justice Strategy
The Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch (CBA Alberta) Executive, Family Law for both South and North Sections are seeking input from members of the legal profession on the proposed Alberta Family Justice Strategy.
The strategy's goal is to unify pre-court services in the Alberta Court of Justice and the Alberta Court of King’s Bench.
The Proposed Mandatory Requirements, except for urgent matters, will require that the following conditions must be fulfilled by all parties before an applicant can file documents to enter Docket Court in either court:
- All parents with applications for parenting, child support, guardianship or contact must take the Parenting After Separation course;
- Financial disclosure is mandatory for relevant applications;
- Some form of alternative dispute resolution must be undertaken before accessing the Court; and,
- Self-represented parties must meet with a Family Court Counsellor early in the process to obtain referrals to resources and be provided with explanations on Court processes and alternatives to Court.
It is intended that the above mandatory requirements will take effect in Edmonton and Calgary starting Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, with additional regions to follow in the future.
Please email your feedback to the following Section representatives on or before Friday, Nov. 10, 2023:
South – Sierra Yanush
North – Megan Tupper
Alberta Courts – Family Justice Strategy inbox
The Family Law Consulting Group will be meeting with members of the Court and Justice Services on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 to discuss the received feedback.
Invitation to Well-Being Virtual Roundtable Sessions – November and December
CBA is hosting a series of roundtable meetings throughout November and December to discuss well-being in the legal profession.
Each meeting will be held via Zoom and will be segmented by group to discuss best practices, ongoing issues, and future concerns that are affecting lawyers and the success of firms in general.
Members can choose a segment that aligns with their firm or working group and are welcome to join as many sessions as they would like.