Family Docket Court

The purpose of Family Docket Court is to allow the Court to better assess what services and court processes will best serve a family’s needs and to better manage family law matters coming into the Court. The focus will be on reducing lead times and referring parties to processes that will reduce the amount of conflict to which any children are being exposed.

Want to know more about Family Docket Court? View the Family Docket Court Information Guide.

Scheduling a Matter into Family Docket Court

To schedule a matter into Family Docket Court, the following steps are required:

1. Select a date from online availability:

Note: Before checking availability, please be certain to refresh your internet browser.

Calgary Family Docket Availability
Edmonton Family Docket Availability

2. Complete a Notice to Attend Family Docket file it in person or by email at QBfiling.Calgary@just.gov.ab.ca for Calgary and QBfiling.Edmonton@just.gov.ab.ca for Edmonton and serve it on the opposing party and on any other parties involved with the matter (e.g. lawyer for children, Director of Maintenance Enforcement, Director of Child and Family Services). 

If you are submitting the form for filing by email, you must copy the opposing party(ies) and please include in your subject line:
‘Family Docket Court – [date requested] – [Your Last Name] v. [Respondents Last Name]

3. The Notice to Attend Family Docket must be served on the other party(s) at least 5 days before the date the matter is scheduled to be heard in Family Docket Court. Service can be affected by personal service, or by email, text message or social media. Whichever method is used for service, the Applicant must be able to satisfy the Court that the party served received the document;

Note:

  • It is not necessary for an action to have been started before a matter can be scheduled into Family Docket Court. If you are subsequently directed to file a Claim, Statement of Claim or Application, all of the usual filing fees will apply.
  • It is recommended that the Applicant and Respondent take the online Parenting After Separation course and attempt to resolve their dispute using a process outside the Court before scheduling a Family Docket Court date.
  • The Court anticipates that there will be access to Legal Aid Duty Counsel as well as other supporting services for Family Docket Court. These supporting services may be somewhat more limited until the Court is fully operational.

Connecting to the Virtual Courtroom

Family Docket Court will take place in the following Virtual Courtrooms. Please review the Remote Hearings Protocol and Troubleshooting documents prior to your appearance. 

Calgary Family Docket Virtual Courtroom Edmonton Family Docket Virtual Courtroom

To appear by video:

Virtual Courtroom 27 (CCC QB)

To appear by telephone:

Dial in Number: 780-851-3573
Access code: 964 699 763

To appear by video:

Virtual Courtroom 24 (ELC QB)

To appear by telephone:

Dial in Number: 780-851-3573
Access code: 967 517 233

What will occur in Family Docket?

In Family Docket Court, the following will occur:

a) The Court will first explore the possibility of a Consent Order on the issues before the Court;

b) Where no alternate dispute resolution has been attempted, the Court may, depending on the degree of urgency and after considering whether the matter is appropriate for alternate dispute resolution, refer the parties to mediation, Family Resolution Counsel, Early Intervention Case Conference, or other form of dispute resolution before scheduling a more formal Court process;

c) Where appropriate to do so, the Court will schedule the matter for a more formal Court process, including desk application, chambers, and special chambers. As  suspensions are lifted, more Court processes will be available for referral.

d) A Family Docket Court Endorsement will be completed by the Court and provided to the parties/Counsel.  Where required, a formal Order will also be prepared by the Court or by Counsel;

e) If a matter is not ready to proceed, the Court may adjourn the matter to another Family Docket Court date.

If a matter has been referred to a more formal court process from Family Docket Court, and unless that process resulted in a final order, the parties must return to Family Docket Court before any further formal Court processes are scheduled.

Resolution Counsel

(formerly Case Management Counsel)

Parties may be referred to Resolution Counsel from Docket Court. Resolution Counsel are trained lawyers employed by the Court to help parties with a family issue reach an agreement by consent or prepare a litigation plan for Court.

Parties who are being referred to Resolution Counsel will be provided a date in Docket Court for a 1-2.5 hour meeting with Resolution Counsel. If it appears that the issues are close to being resolved by the parties during the meeting with Resolution Counsel, a second meeting may be scheduled to achieve an agreement. The agreement may be turned into a binding Consent Order by the Court. At the end of the meeting, a report will be prepared by Resolution Counsel and available to the Justice sitting in Family Docket Court.

Referrals can be made to Resolution Counsel in cases where: one of the parties is self-represented; one of the parties earns less than $70,000; no other/limited other forms of alternative dispute resolution are available to the parties; prior efforts at resolution have not been successful; and/or the parties are experiencing high conflict or prolonged litigation. 

Require Assistance? 

Resolution and Court Administration Services (RCAS) is a group of programs and services offered by the Government of Alberta, Justice and Solicitor General in collaboration with the courts of Alberta. These services include information services, assessment services, the Alberta Law Libraries and Dispute Resolution Services.

Resolution and Court Administration Services Pamphlet

If you have any questions or require information about safety supports for domestic violence, please call the Resolution and Court Administration Services Contact Centre at:

Toll Free: 1-855-738-4747
Edmonton: 780-638-4747

Or visit www.rcas.alberta.ca

 

If you have any questions or require information about safety supports for domestic violence, please call the RCAS