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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Prepare and Declare Your 2014 CPD Plan Online
Court Of Queen's Bench Criminal Proceedings Rules
Alberta Law Conference - Law Society of Alberta Plenary

Prepare and Declare Your 2014 CPD Plan Online

You’re developing. So are we. As the Law Society continues to move toward online processes, the CPD Plan Declaration option on the Member Information Update Form (MIUF) is no longer available. All active Alberta lawyers must make their 2014 CPD Plan Declarations on the CPD website. The deadline is March 17, 2014.

Your online CPD Plan Declaration confirms to the Law Society that you have complied with the following key program requirements by:

  • Preparing an annual CPD Plan in written or electronic form;
  • Declaring to the Law Society of Alberta that you have made a CPD Plan on or before March 15;
  • Implementing and evaluate your CPD Plan and activities from the previous year;
  • Retaining your CPD Plan in written or electronic form for five years;
  • Producing your CPD Plan to the Law Society upon request.

A commitment to lifelong learning is an important element of lawyer competence and a primary goal of the Law Society’s CPD Program. In preparing your 2014 CPD Plan, it is important for you to:

  • Evaluate the implementation of your previous year’s CPD Plan. In particular, assess past accomplishments and how CPD activities have enhanced your competence and the quality of legal services provided.
  • Identify your professional development goals and the actions you will take/resources you need to achieve those goals.

The CPD program proactively demonstrates to the public the legal profession’s commitment to high standards in the delivery of legal services in Alberta.

CPD activities are wide-ranging and can consist of a variety of endeavors related to legal practice and ethical development. For additional suggestions visit our CPD Activities section.

Remember - we are here to help. If you need assistance, please take a moment to view our online tools, which include a comprehensive FAQ section and video tutorials. You can also contact us by email CPD Department or at 403-229-4766.


Court Of Queen's Bench Criminal Proceedings Rules










Effective February 1, 2014, the Court of Queen's Bench will adopt the Criminal Proceedings Rules and Forms set out in the Court of Queen’s Bench Criminal Practice Note No. 6, and posted to the Criminal Practice Notes section of the Court’s website. View signed criminal proceeding document here.




Alberta Law Conference - Law Society of Alberta Plenary

Changing the Regulatory Focus: A More Approachable Law Society Helping Lawyers Create Better Client Outcomes

In this interactive session, your input will be sought on how the Law Society can more effectively support your service delivery to your clients.


Date: Thursday, January 31
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Place: Westin Hotel Calgary


There is no charge for the Plenary Session. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to Visit the CBA Alberta website for the full 2014 Alberta Law Conference program.  


2014 Human Trafficking Conference: Awareness, Enforcement, and Prosecution

The RCMP, Alberta Specialized Law Enforcement Training (ASLET), and Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT) - Alberta are hosting a three day Human Trafficking Conference in Banff, Alberta. The training is open to all sworn law enforcement members, crown prosecutors, and invited guests. This conference is being hosted to encourage law enforcement resources across Alberta to work together in the effort to eliminate all forms of human trafficking. View the conference agenda and registration form. 


UPDATE: Matrimonial Property Division on Death

Section 117 of the Wills and Succession Act was repealed on December 11, 2013 by the Statutes Repeal Act (section 28). View the Statutes Repeal Act here.

Further research will be conducted to explore some of the issues raised in the consultation process that occurred in the summer of 2012. A copy of the summary report can be found here.


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