Expropriation – Pre-hearing Dispute Resolution Conference

Process to for parties to discuss the issues, evidence, likelihood of resolution, and next steps.

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Once the parties to an application decide to move their matter forward, they schedule a Pre-Hearing Dispute Resolution Conference (DRC) with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal.

A notice outlining the details of the DRC is sent to all relevant parties. The notice gives the telephone number to call and the Conference ID.


A Pre-Hearing DRC identifies key issues and assists the parties to determine whether the matter proceeds to a mediation or hearing.

Step 1. Request a DRC

Once parties to an application request a DRC, the Tribunal provides the parties with available dates.

Unlike hearings, DRCs are not open to the general public.

Step 2: During the DRC

DRCs are typically held through a conference call. In special circumstances, the DRC may be held in person.

A Tribunal member or case manager guides the discussion and provides an informal setting for parties to explore the likelihood of resolution.

A Tribunal member or case manager assists the parties to set deadlines for the parties to exchange documents (such as expert reports), conduct questioning, and to establish facts and issues not in dispute. Once hearing readiness is confirmed, the Tribunal member or case manager sets a hearing date.

Step 3. After the DRC

If the parties do not come to a resolution, the matter will likely proceed to:

  • another DRC
  • mediation, if both parties agree
  • a hearing

Detailed minutes are not taken at the DRC. However, a DRC record is sent to the parties who were invited to the DRC outlining the outcomes and actions required.


Connect with the Land and Property Rights Tribunal:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (closed 12 pm to 1 pm, open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2444
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-0986
Email: [email protected]

Land and Property Rights Tribunal
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6X 1E9

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