Judicial Dispute Resolution

What is Judicial Dispute Resolution?

Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a confidential pre-trial settlement conference led by a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. The objective of a JDR is to resolve the dispute so a trial will be either unnecessary, or at most limited to those issues on which the parties do not agree. The parties meet with Justice to confidentially discuss the background of the case and what the parties feel is important in the case. The participants will then discuss possible solutions. If no agreement is reached,  the Justice may give a non-binding opinion of what decision they would make if this case and these facts were presented at trial. The Justice’s non-binding opinion may help the parties and their lawyers reach a resolution without having to go to trial. A settlement is only reached if everyone agrees. Binding JDRs are also available at the Court of Queen’s Bench. In these cases the parties agree that the Justice’s opinion will be binding.

Source: Department of Justice, Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Notice to the Profession & Public - JDR Booking Reduction - 2014-06PDF197.17 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - New JDR Booking Procedure in Calgary & Edmonton - 2014-05PDF538.22 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Citation of Authorities - 2013-06PDF817.06 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Assignment of Judicial Dispute Resolution Under Rule 4.16(1) - 2013-03PDF347.15 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Mandatory Dispute Resolution Requirement before Entry for Trial - 2013-01PDF306.52 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial - 2011-06PDF296.67 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Waiver of Dispute Resolution Before Trial - 2010-07PDF48.19 KB28 Jan, 2018 Download

Priority of Assignment of Under Rule 4.16(1)

The assignment of Judiciary Dispute Resolution (JDR) hearings in Edmonton and Calgary, pursuant to Rule 4.16(1)(c), shall, on the effective date for booking after the schedule of JDR Justices is released for each upcoming term, be on a first filing basis on the following priority:

  1. For the first 24 hours, cases of the type identified in (b) to (d) that have been “waitlisted” during a previous term but not yet heard;
  2. For the next 24 hours, family law cases, with child issues involved, that are ready for trial (defined as those cases for which all parts of Form 27 have been completed and certified);
  3. For the next 24 hours, family law cases, with child issues involved, whether or not ready for trial;
  4. For the next 24 hours, any case that is ready for trial;
  5. For the next 24 hours, any case other than (a) that was been “waitlisted” during a previous term; and
  6. Any other case

In Judicial Centres outside of Calgary and Edmonton, the order of priority principles set out above will be considered by the Court Coordinators for booking JDR hearings.

Booking Procedures in Calgary & Edmonton for the Spring Term (January to June 2018)

Judicial Assignments and Availability

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Calgary Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) AssignmentsPDF50.28 KB16 Jan, 2018 Download

The following procedures will apply for this purpose, as follows:

  1. No bookings will be permitted until 7:30 am on Monday December 4, 2017
  2. Bookings must be made by completing, in full, the JDR Booking Request Form
    *Please note that all fields on the form are mandatory. As such, if the form is not completed in full, it cannot be submitted.
  3. Each e-mail and request form must relate to one JDR only
  4. Please submit your request only on the date in which your priority falls under.
  5. Booking priority will be given per Notice to the Profession #2013-2 of April 29, 2013 as outlined below:
    1. for the first 24 hours, December 4, 2017 - Family Law
    2. for the next 24 hours, December 5, 2017, those added to the “wait list” in the first three months of the last Fall or Spring terms.
    3. for the next 24 hours, December 6, 2017, all others that are ready for trial (with a filed or unfiled form 37, duly executed by all parties attached);  and
    4. for the next 24 hours, December 7, 2017 and subsequent days, any case.

Note: Please indicate in your “SUBJECT” line upon which priority/ies you will be relying and a brief Style of Cause and action number. If the case has been previously “wait listed”, please provide the JDR coordinator with a copy of the previous request.

Forms received prior to the 7:30 am booking start time will not be considered and may be deleted. The JDR coordinator will be in touch with booking parties within 3 weeks after booking commences to advise you of whether and when your matter has been booked, so please provide all contact information in your booking form.

If you have any questions about the above, address them to the appropriate Court Coordinator below:

Edmonton
Judicial Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Phone: 780.422.2313
E-mail:JDRBookingsEdmonton@albertacourts.ca

Calgary
Judicial Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Phone: 403.297.7499
E-mail: JDRBookingsCalgary@albertacourts.ca