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Alberta Law Reform Institute

The Alberta Law Reform Institute is the official law reform agency for the province of Alberta. It provides independent comprehensive advice to the Government of Alberta and other agencies to ensure that the law and administration of justice are kept up to date and serve Albertans to the best extent possible.

Dedicated to advancing just and effective laws through independent legal research, consultation and analysis.

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  • ALRI publishes Final Report 107 - Matrimonial Property Act: Valuation Date

    This report recommends that parties be able to agree on the date of valuation of matrimonial property. In the absence of agreement, valuation should occur on the date of separation. The legislation should also provide for consideration of changes in property after valuation/separation.

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  • Competence and Communication in the Alberta Evidence Act

    ALRI's Report for Discussion #27 addressing competency issues of a witness is now available. Please review our report and provide your feedback on these issues with this brief survey by December 1, 2015.

    On occasion, a court must determine whether a proposed witness is competent to give evidence. The question arises with child witnesses and may also arise for adults with cognitive impairment. Alberta legislation about competence has not kept pace with modern knowledge about children’s abilities, and fails to address adults with cognitive impairment.

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