The Court of Queen's Bench has recently issued a Notice to the Profession regarding Judicial
Dispute Resolution ("JDR") in Calgary and Edmonton. Due
to significant shortages in "judicial resources" the
number of Justices available for JDRs will be scaled backed.
Effective in the fall of 2014, the number of Justices available
to hear JDRs will be reduced from 3 to 2 per week in each Calgary
and Edmonton. This reduction is likely to result in even greater
difficulties for parties seeking to obtain available dates.
We recommend parties consider alternatives to JDR for the
immediate future and at least until "judicial resources"
are fully replenished. Alternatives to JDR include mediation and
arbitration. McLennan Ross counsel are familiar with both and can
guide clients through the process with ease. In addition, McLennan
Ross houses a large complement of skilled mediators and arbitrators
to meet the needs of litigants during this period.
We will continue to monitor developments on this front and
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