Courts and Tribunals

There are three courts in Alberta administered by the province: The Court of Appeal of Alberta; the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta; and the Provincial Court of Alberta. Other courts which administer laws in Alberta include the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. There are also a number of boards and tribunals in Alberta whose decisions may be appealed to the courts.

The following resources can help you understand more about various courts and tribunals.


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Canada/Federal

The PSLRB is an independent quasi-judicial statutory tribunal that is responsible for administering the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems in the federal public service and in Parliament.

Related legal topic(s): Federal government departments, Mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Unions

The Tax Court of Canada is the youngest superior court in Canada. The Court’s jurisdiction includes the hearing of appeals from assessments under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act (Goods and Services Tax “GST”), the Employment Insurance Act and the Canada Pension Plan, among others. The website gives access to the court judgments as well as providing information for people who plan to represent themselves at the court.

Related legal topic(s): Courts and court judgments, Taxation

The Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal is an independent tribunal established by the Government of Canada to provide impartial reviews of notices of violation issued by federal agencies regulating agriculture and food.
Related legal topic(s): Courts and court judgments, Legal process

The federal and provincial and territorial governments are all responsible for the judicial system in Canada. Only the federal government can appoint and pay judges of the superior, or upper-level, courts in the provinces. Parliament can also establish a general court of appeal and other courts. It has created the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as the Tax Court. This Justice Canada webpage provides an outline of Canada's court system.

Related legal topic(s): Classroom materials, Courts and court judgments

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