Court of Appeal of Alberta




May 8, 2020

The Alberta Court of Appeal continues to hear all matters. An estimated 90% of scheduled hearings were successfully completed in the month of April. Case materials are able to be sent via email and fax. Since the Court was well down the road to electronic records and proceedings prior to the pandemic, it was more readily able to integrate videoconference hearings into its operations. However, videoconference hearings have raised procedural, policy and privacy issues. For example, to preserve the integrity of the Court's processes, the Court requires that counsel have their clients complete undertakings not to record the proceedings. The Court has published a Reference and Etiquette Guide for electronic hearings to aid counsel in their appearances before the Court. This is available on the Court of Appeal's website.