Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta

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Entrance of the Queen's Bench of Alberta building in Calgary (demolished 2007)

The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta (abbreviated in citations as ABQB or Alta. Q.B.) is the superior court of the Canadian province of Alberta. The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta in Calgary was relocated to the Calgary Courts Centre in 2007. The Court of Queen's Bench has been located at the Law Courts building in Edmonton since the 1970s.

History[edit]

The Court originates from the old Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Two years after Alberta became a province in 1905, the Court was reorganized as the Supreme Court of Alberta and several lower District Courts possessing a more limited jurisdiction. In 1921, the Supreme Court was reorganized to have an independent trial division (Supreme Court of Alberta Trial Division), and an independent appellate division (Supreme Court of Alberta Appellate Division), the precursor to the Court of Appeal of Alberta. It was not until June 30, 1979 that the Supreme Court Trial Division received its current name as the "Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta".

The District Courts created in 1907 were amalgamated into the District Court of Northern Alberta and the District Court of Southern Alberta in 1935, merging altogether into the District Court of Alberta in 1975. In 1979, it merged for the last time, this time back with the Supreme Court, into the Court of Queen's Bench.

Structure[edit]

The Court consists of a Chief Justice of the Court, an Associate Chief Justice, and several judges including those judges who have elected supernumerary status after many years of service and after having attained eligibility for retirement (typically at age 65).

A justice of the Court of Appeal of Alberta is an ex officio justice of the Court of Queen's Bench and may sit on that Court. Likewise, a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench may sit on a panel of the Court of Appeal, by invitation of the Chief Justice of Alberta. It is important not to confuse the Chief Justice of Alberta and the Chief Justice of the Court of the Queen's Bench. The former is the chief justice of the province and sits on the Court of Appeal, while the latter is the chief justice of a court and sits on the Court of Queen's Bench.

The province is divided into 11 districts with court sitting in 13 different locations (some districts have a primary and a secondary locations). In 2010 the locations were:

  • Calgary
  • Drumheller
  • Edmonton
  • Fort McMurray
  • Grande Prairie
  • High Level
  • Hinton
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat
  • Peace River
  • Red Deer
  • St. Paul
  • Wetaskiwin

Jurisdiction[edit]

As a superior court, it has inherent jurisdiction and therefore, may hear matters despite absence of specific statutory delegation. Thus, it operates as a civil and criminal trial court, hears surrogate matters, as well as certain appeals from the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Appeals from the Court lie with the Court of Appeal. Civil procedure before the Court are set out in the Alberta Rules of Court.

Appointments[edit]

Although provincial superior courts are administered by the provinces, they are considered to be section 96 courts (from section 96 of the Constitution Act, 1867). Therefore, appointments to the Court are within federal jurisdiction and made by cabinet.

Styling[edit]

The Court of Queen's Bench Act sets out the styling convention of the Court in section 2(2). During the reign of a Queen, it is known as the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Should the monarchy be vested in a King, it will be known as the Court of King's Bench of Alberta.[1]

Current Judges (including district)[edit]

Name Appointed Division Nominated By Prior Position(s)
Justice M.T. Moreau
Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta [2]
Edmonton
Justice John D. Rooke
Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
Calgary
Justice Elizabeth A. Hughes Calgary
Justice Eric F. Macklin 2001/2002? Edmonton
Justice Vital O. Ouelette Edmonton
Justice Karen M. Horner Calgary
Justice S.D. Hillier Edmonton
Justice Juliana E. Topolniski 2003 Edmonton
Justice Adam W. Germain Edmonton Member of Alberta Legislature (1993 to 1997)
Justice June M. Ross 2003/2004? Edmonton
Justice John J. Gill Edmonton
Justice R.A. Graesser Edmonton
Justice Donna L. Shelley Edmonton
Justice D.K. Miller Lethbridge
Justice Kristine M. Eidsvik 2007 Calgary Bennett Jones LLP
Justice Kent G. Nielsen Edmonton
Justice Donald J. Manderscheid [3] December 14, 2007 Edmonton Stephen Harper Counsel for City of Edmonton
Justice K.D. Yamauchi[4] December 14, 2007 Calgary Stephen Harper Professor with University of Calgary
Justice J.R. Jeffrey Calgary
Justice Sandra L. Hunt McDonald Calgary Provincial Court (1997 to ?)
Justice M.R. Bast[5] September 8, 2009 Red Deer Provincial Court (2006 to 2009)
Schnell Hardy Jones (1991 to 2006)
Justice J.T. McCarthy[6] December 11, 2009 Calgary Provincial Court (2003 to 2009)
Miles Davidson LLP
Justice W.A. Tilleman[7] December 11, 2009 Calgary William A. Tilleman Professional Corporation
Justice Joanne H. Goss February 2010 Edmonton Stephen Harper Provincial Court (1999 to 2010)
Justice Robert J. Hall Calgary
Justice G.H. Poelman August 6, 2010 Calgary Stephen Harper Macleod Dixon LLP (1983 to 2010)
Justice R.A. Jerke[8] March 7, 2011 Lethbridge Davidson & Williams LLP
Justice P.B. Michalyshyn[9] March 7, 2011 Edmonton Chatwin LLP
Justice M. David Gates[10] March 7, 2011 Calgary Justice Canada
Justice Craig M. Jones Calgary
Justice Bruce A. Millar Calgary
Justice Kim D. Nixon[11] February 8, 2013 Calgary Stephen Harper Solo Practitioner (2012 to 2013)
Bennett Jones LLP (1984 to 2010)
Justice C.S. Anderson[12] February 8, 2013 Calgary Stephen Harper Ross Smith Asset Management Inc
Alberta Securities Commission
Philips & Company
Justice Eldon J. Simpson[13] June 7, 2013 Edmonton Stephen Harper
Justice Glenda A. Campbell[14] November 8, 2013 Calgary Stephen Harper
Justice D. Pentelechuk[15] Edmonton
Justice C. Dario [16] November 8, 2013 Calgary Stephen Harper
Justice D.A. Yungwirth [17] March 7, 2014 Edmonton Stephen Harper Yungwirth Tumbach (1999 to 2014)
Justice John S. Little[18] Edmonton Stephen Harper
Justice L.R.A. Ackerl [19] June 13, 2014 Edmonton Stephen Harper Public Prosecution Service of Canada
Miller, Thomson, Sedgewick, Lewis & Healy
Justice D.Blair Nixon [20] June 13, 2014 Calgary Stephen Harper
Justice Wayne N. Renke [21] December 12, 2014 Edmonton Stephen Harper University of Alberta, Faculty of Law
Justice John William Hopkins [22] June 26, 2015 Red Deer Chatters Canada Ltd (2014 to 2015)
Woollard Hopkins & Company (1991 to 2013)
Gordon Smith and McCrimmon (1986 to 1988)
Justice Richard A. Neufeld [23] June 26, 2015 Calgary Dentons Canada LLP (1979 to 2015)
Justice J.T. Henderson[24] June 17, 2016 Edmonton
Justice A.B. Inglis[25] June 17, 2016 Edmonton
Justice D.R. Mah[26] June 17, 2016 Edmonton
Justice G.D. Marriott[27] June 17, 2016 Calgary
Justice K.P. Feehan[28] October 20, 2016 Edmonton Dentons Canada LLP
Justice James T. Eamon[29] October 20, 2016 Calgary
Justice J. Antonio[30] October 20, 2016 Calgary
Justice George Fraser[31] October 20, 2016 Edmonton
Justice B. Bokenfohr[32] October 20, 2016 Edmonton
Justice M. Slawinsky[33] March 24, 2017 Red Deer
Justice M. H. Hollins [34] March 24, 2017 Calgary Justin Trudeau Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP
Justice W. T. deWit [35] March 24, 2017 Calgary
Justice Johnna C. Kubik[36] May 12, 2017 Lethbridge
Justice J. Ashcroft [37] June 23, 2017 Calgary
Justice S. Mandziuk[38] September 29, 2017 Edmonton
Justice G. Dunlop[39] Edmonton
Justice M. Lema[40] Edmonton
Justice M. Burns[41] Edmonton
Justice L. Bernette Ho[42] Calgary Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Justice Gaylene Bobb[43] April 12, 2018 Justin Trudeau Chapman Riebeek LLP
Justice David Labrenz[44] May 1, 2018 Calgary

Supernumerary

Name Appointed Division Nominated By Prior Position(s)
Justice S.M. Bensler* Calgary
Justice D. Lee* Edmonton
Justice C.A. Kent* Calgary
Justice J.K. Langston* Lethbridge
Justice C.S. Phillips* Calgary
Justice W.P. Sullivan* Calgary
Justice C.L. Kenny* Calgary
Justice R.P. Belzil Edmonton
Justice C.S. Brooker* Calgary
Justice S.M. Sanderman* Edmonton
Justice B.E.C. Romaine* Calgary
Justice D.A. Sulyma* Edmonton
Justice R.E. Nation* Calgary
Justice B.R. Burrows* Edmonton
Justice G.A. Verville* Edmonton
Justice T.D. Clackson* Edmonton
Justice A.B. Moen* Edmonton
Justice B.E. Mahoney* Calgary
Justice D.C. Read* Edmonton
Justice D. Thomas* Edmonton
Justice A. MacLeod* Calgary
Justice B.A. Browne* Edmonton
Justice Earl C. Wilson* Calgary Evans, Martin, Wilson

Former Justices of the Court[edit]

  • Joanne B Veit (1981 to 2017)[45]
  • Sheila J. Greckol (2001 to 2016)

Former Chief Justices of the Court[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Master Judicial officers part of the Court of Queen's Bench

References[edit]

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