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Provincial court getting a name change

Court will be called the Alberta Court of Justice beginning April 1

Alberta’s provincial court is getting a name change.

Beginning next April, the Provincial Court of Alberta will be called the Alberta Court of Justice.

The change was requested by the court, which says in its strategic plan that the name better describes the relationship between Albertans and the justice they seek from the court.

“Over the past five decades, Alberta’s front-line, trial-level court has grown in size and complexity, and has evolved to meet the changing needs of the province and its people, said provincial court Chief Justice Derek Redman in a statement. “We have asked for this new name to reflect that growth and that evolution. The name Alberta Court of Justice more clearly communicates the nature, purpose, and independence of our work on behalf of Albertans.”

Justice Minister and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro supported the move.

“This change helps ensure the court’s fundamental responsibility to Albertans, to provide a fair and accessible justice system to all, is reflected in its name,” he said.

To save money, the change will happen as part of the work underway to rename the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta following the death last month of Queen Elizabeth II and the crowning of King Charles III.

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