The Justice Statutes Amendment Act updates the following legislation:
Legislative Assembly Amendment Act
- Enables training of legislative assembly security personnel as peace officers so they can carry firearms and have the training and equipment necessary to secure the legislature building and grounds of the legislative precinct in the event of a threat or dangerous incident.
Interjurisdictional Support Orders Act
- Allows the electronic transfer of certified family support documents between reciprocating Canadian jurisdictions, making it easier to collect child and spousal support payments for families living in different parts of the country from their ex-partners and spouses.
Provincial Court (Civil Claims Limit) Amendment Act
- Allows government to increase the civil claim limit that can be filed through the Court of Justice from the current limit of $50,000 up to a maximum of $200,000, reducing pressures on courts and enabling more Albertans to file small claims at the provincial level.
- Maintains the existing option for someone to pursue a claim in the Court of King's Bench if they choose.
- Clarifies that the requirement to bring a resolution to the legislature only applies to constitutional questions.
- Updates the regulation to be consistent with recent amendments to the Election Act and allows for a referendum to be held with the upcoming provincial general election.
- Updates terminology and removes sections that are no longer needed.
Sale of Goods Act
- Eliminates unnecessary record-keeping requirements for buyers to get good title when grain is sold and delivered at a grain elevator.
- Updates the language in Alberta’s Sale of Goods Act to align with the federal Canada Grain Act to help avoid confusion.
- Ensures a trust does not fail if there is temporarily no trustee.
- Removes the transfer of trust property to the court, allowing the trust property to move directly to the new trustee once appointed.
For more information, read the Justice Statutes Amendment Act, 2022, info sheet (PDF, 136 KB)
The Justice Statutes Amendment Act took effect when it received royal assent on December 15, 2022.
- Strengthening Alberta’s justice system (December 6, 2022)
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