This guide focuses on Alberta practice (including forms, precedents and limitations) and also refers to some resources from other Canadian jurisdictions.
- Alberta Civil Procedure : introduction and glossary by the Hon. Jean E. Côté. Table of Contents
- Alberta rules of court annotated by Allan A. Fradsham Table of Contents
- Canadian Civil Procedure Law, 2nd ed by Linda Abrams & Kevin McGuinness Table of Contents
- Civil Appeals : principle and procedure by James Leabeater et al. Table of Contents
- Civil Litigation: a Practical Handbook, 5th ed by David Stockwood Table of Contents
- Civil Procedure and Practice in Alberta, 2020 by Darren Reed. Table of Contents
- De Smith’s Judicial Review, 8th ed by The Rt Hon The Lord Woolf et al. Table of Contents
- Judicial Review of Administrative Action in Canada by Donald J.M. Brown & John M. Evans Table of Contents
- Procedural strategies for Litigators in Alberta, 2nd ed. by William E. Cascadden. Table of Contents
- Principles of Administrative Law, 3rd ed by David Jones & Anne de Villars. Table of Contents
Forms and Precedents
- Alberta civil practice manual by Legal Education Society of Alberta Table of Contents
- Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 3rd ed by Blair et al. Table of Contents
- Civil Enforcement Procedure Manual by Alberta Court Services
For more information on finding cases see our research guide : Finding and Researching Cases
Alberta Court Judgments
A collection of the judgments of the Alberta Courts is available from CanLII. The official version of the reasons for judgment is the signed original or handwritten endorsement in the court file. If there is a question about the content of a judgment, the original court file takes precedence.
- CanLII – Provincial Court judgments
- CanLII – Court of Queen’s Bench judgments
- CanLII – Court of Appeal judgments
- Exchequer Court Act, RSC 1970, c E-11
- Federal Courts Act, RSC 1985, c F-7
- Federal Courts Rules, SOR/98-106
- Supreme Court Act, RSC 1985, c S-26
- Rules of Supreme Court of Canada, SOR/2002-156
- Tax Court of Canada Act, RSC 1985, c T-2
- Tax Court of Canada Rules (General Procedure), SOR/90-688a
- Tax Court of Canada Rules (Informal Procedure), SOR/90-688b
Federal Acts and Regulations can be found electronically at:
An affidavit is a sworn statement or solemn declaration. An affidavit of service is used to certify that a document has been served on a party to a proceeding. An affidavit of documents is a descriptive listing of documents a party possesses controls or has in their power. An affidavit of merits is what a defendant files when responding to a specially endorsed writ. An affidavit is signed by an attendant authorized to do so such as a Commissioner for Oaths.
Is an oral or written request for the court to rule, order, enforce or take an action. A motion does not institute a proceeding but rather constitutes a step taken within a proceeding to advance its progress. Generally a notice of motion precedes each motion unless there is a case of urgency or necessity in which an ex parti (above) motion can be brought forward. [Notice of motions must be served on any and every party interested or affected by the motion (Alberta Rules of Court, Alberta Regulation FIND SECTION] There are many different types of motions. Some examples are:
- dilatory motion – proposes that the original question be disposed of permanently or for the time being
- interlocutory motion
- secondary motion – a motion connected to and arising out of another motion and therefore a motion in order when a main motion is pending. Examples are: incidental motions and subsidiary motions.
SERVICE of DOCUMENTS:
This is action of sending a court approved civil claim to the defendant. A copy of the civil claim must be accompanied by a dispute note and served to the defendant in a one of the specific Methods of Service that have been pre-determined as acceptable by the courts. After service, an affidavit of service must be filed with the court.
Originally meant written communication (1592), the term is now used to describe a document issued by the court that authorizes steps to be taken to enforce a judgment or order. There are five main types: capias – commanding an officer to take the body of the person named in writ; fieri facias – coming up with the sum of a judgment through the goods and chattels of another; levari facias – levying a judgment by seizing and selling goods, land, rents or profits from debtor; elegit – creditor is awarded debtor’s land to have and hold until debt is satisfied, and; extent (an officer may seize land, goods or body without having to choose between person or property). All of these writs are also called writs of execution.
Civil Procedure Encyclopedia
This multi-volume legal encyclopedia covers all common-law Canada and England. It is arranged by subject. It doesn’t provide a Table of Statutes or Regulations to follow. It’s content is more relevant to court procedures and rules.
Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
Sections related to civil procedure include:
- Judgments and Orders.
The CED provides discussion of these areas of law with annotations to legislation and case law.
Available electronically through: WestlawNext Canada
Halsbury’s Laws of Canada
This encyclopedia explains the legislation and cases which govern civil procedure issues in every jurisdiction in Canada, allowing you to quickly locate, contextualize and apply the basic elements of the law.
There is a single volume dedicated to Civil Procedure :
- Civil Procedure (HCV)
- Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) – Available electronically on WestlawNext Canada and Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®
Additional full-text articles are available electronically through:
- LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®
- WestlawNext Canada – contains a collection of Canadian journals and law reviews, as well as all articles and case comments appearing in Carswell law reports.
- HeinOnline – provides full-text access to Canadian and international law reviews and legal journals.
Alberta Courts The web site is divided into three main areas: Provincial Court, Court of Queens Bench, and Court of Appeal.
The Civil Claims (up to $50,000 as of August 1, 2014 via regulation 139/2014) sub-heading under areas of law provides ample resources to understand the basics of a civil claim. There are copies of many of the forms required throughout the civil claim procedure, an outline of the civil claims process, a glossary of terms, and links to various other relevant resources.
Court of Queen’s Bench
The Court of Queen’s Bench (civil litigation over $50,000) sub-heading under areas of law maintains access to most of the forms needed to proceed at this level of court. Unlike the Provincial Court link that provides very basic information on civil claims, these publications provide information on getting and enforcing a judgment and more specific points of procedure for the taxation office. Civil practice notes are also included with specific directions regarding the use of technology in civil litigation.
Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal sub-heading under Registry > Filing information > Filing, Fees and Forms you can find the information and forms you need to file. The Consolidated Practice Directions can be found under publications.
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