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Oaths and Affirmations, Final Report 105


A person who gives evidence by spoken testimony or by written affidavit must promise to tell the truth before giving that evidence. Currently, the Alberta Evidence Act requires people to swear a religious oath unless they take the initiative to actively object to doing so. The judge or official must at that point conduct a short inquiry and be satisfied that the objection is justified on certain specified grounds. Only then may the person be allowed to […]

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September 1, 2014

Criminal Trial Proceedings, Final Report 100


The process for conducting a criminal trial may be complicated by differing processes and rules in different locations. Part of the difficulty is attributable to a complex system of rule-making authority for criminal matters. Some provisions are prescribed by the Criminal Code while other processes may be set by the court in question. The Alberta Law Reform Institute identified three specific areas in which non-standardized matters were particularly problematic: Charter Issues “ The content of […]

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August 1, 2012

Criminal Appeal Procedures, Final Report 101


The criminal appeal process is complex and not well understood. It derives from a number of sources, which are not always consistent and not always clear. Personal freedom and liberty are crucial. The stakes are high for anyone convicted of an offense. Prompt access to an appeal system that is clear and comprehensive is critical. The challenge accepted by the Alberta Law Reform Institute, and taken up by its working group of judges, prosecutors, defense […]

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Rules: Criminal Appeal Procedures: Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal of Alberta


The objective of Consultation Memorandum 12.22 is to facilitate development of a criminal appeal system that is clear, simple, accessible, effective and timely. To this end, a single process, with adaptations as necessary, is proposed for conducting criminal appeals before both the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Court of Appeal. Issues and proposals related to each part of the core process and procedures for obtaining court assistance are described.

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December 4, 2010

Rules of Court Project, Appendices H, I, J


This report sets out the process by which ALRI has proposed Rules for the revision of the Alberta Rules of Court. The Rules of Court Committee requested ALRI to review the Alberta Rules of Court. The ultimate goal of the project was to produce clear, more useable and more effective Rules. Other goals included increased fairness, timeliness, cost effectiveness and accessibility. Through extensive consultation, ALRI created a list of proposed Rules. They are arranged in […]

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October 29, 2008

Rules of Court Project, Final Report 95


This report sets out the process by which ALRI has proposed Rules for the revision of the Alberta Rules of Court. The Rules of Court Committee requested ALRI to review the Alberta Rules of Court. The ultimate goal of the project was to produce clear, more useable and more effective Rules. Other goals included increased fairness, timeliness, cost effectiveness and accessibility. Through extensive consultation, ALRI created a list of proposed Rules. They are arranged in […]

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Powers and Procedures of Administrative Tribunals, Consultation Memorandum 13


Administrative tribunals have had an important role to play in interpretation and application of the law through their adjudicative functions. In their adjudicative role of government, they are also a primary contact for a proportion of the population, and they make decisions affecting the rights and interest of individuals and businesses. While the Administrative Procedures and Jurisdiction Act provides a set of Rules to guide tribunals in their decision making function, its provisions do not reflect the […]

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September 4, 2008

Rules: Criminal Jury Trials: Challenge for Cause Procedures


This memorandum addresses procedures in challenges for cause in criminal jury trials in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. It provides background of the process to jury selection in criminal cases. Accuseds have both statutory and constitutional rights to jury trials. Both the Crown and the accused are entitled to trials before fair and impartial jury members. The Criminal Code has established a number of procedures, including challenges for cause on the grounds that […]

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April 4, 2007

Rules: Civil Appeals


This memorandum addresses issues relating to civil appeals. It outlines a set of working principles that guide the policy decisions behind several proposals. It reviews the many sources of procedural provisions that govern appeals. It identifies factors that contribute to delay in the early stages of an appeal and makes proposals for reducing this delay, simplifying procedure, and reducing the need for court intervention to ensure the timely progress of an appeal. It addresses the […]

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Rules: Charter Applications in Criminal Cases


This memorandum addresses procedures for Charter applications in criminal cases tried in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. The Committee addressed some background issues bearing on the development of Rules of Court for Charter application procedures, including the need for Rules to follow established legal principles, to provide for “fair notice” of applications, and to preserve judicial discretion. Charter applications outside of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta are also reviewed. The current state of Charter application regulation in the Court […]

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June 4, 2006