Many legal disputes are arbitrated outside the court system using the Alberta Arbitration Act. These arbitrated cases can include commercial, consumer, family and community issues. The Alberta Law Reform Institute has just released a Report for Discussion seeking public input on some procedural issues which affect the ideal functioning of the arbitration system. The Report explores difficulties arising out of simultaneous court proceedings which must be suspended or stayed in whole or in part so the arbitration can proceed, appeals to the Court of Queen`s Bench and the role of arbitration appeals generally.
The Report for Discussion explains the issues, describes the context and asks for input from Albertans about how best to fix these difficulties.