Alberta Intake and Caseflow Management
Alberta Justice project providing caseflow management to self-represented litigants dealing with matters related to parenting, contact and guardianship disputes in Provincial Court.
Implemented in Edmonton and Calgary
|2001||Pilot Project launched in Edmonton|
|2006||Expanded to Calgary|
The program began with a pilot project in Edmonton with the enactment of the Intake and Caseflow Management Rules (Alta. Reg. 163/2001). This was replaced in 2005 with the Intake and Caseflow Management Regulation (Alta. Reg. 150/2005). The program was expanded to Calgary based on its success in Edmonton. (Family Justice Newsletter)
In the past, unrepresented applicants often faced challenges when bringing applications for custody, access or private guardianship in provincial court.
Being unfamiliar with court procedures or not properly prepared for the proceedings often resulted in unnecessary delays and extra appearances for the applicants and the other parties involved.
The new Intake and Caseflow Management Pilot Project will save court time and improve access to justice by providing new and enhanced services for unrepresented litigants in Edmonton Provincial Family Court.
The project helps litigants deal with matters related to parenting, and contact and guardianship disputes but does not include disputes related to child support.
Litigants without legal representation meet with an intake counsellor to assess their case. Then they attend a caseflow conference with a coordinator and the other party. The intake counsellor and coordinator explore options with the litigants, facilitate resolutions and make referrals where required. Litigants are also given information on mediation and judicial dispute resolution in an effort to resolve the matter outside of court. The conferences are an attempt to gain consensus on as many issues as possible, and sometimes agreements are struck by the parties at this stage. If the parties resolve their matter, the coordinators can then prepare consent des
k orders for a judge to sign without a trial date. The coordinators have clerk of the court designations, so parties do not have to go to the Law Courts building to file their applications.