The Alberta Rules of Court Committee is seeking public and bar input on whether the court should be able to order participation in a mediation (or other ADR process). The request for comments is available here.
The RFC notes that rule 4.16 is still in effect and it places a responsibility of “good faith participation in one or more … dispute resolution processes” on all litigants.
The suggested new rules would allow the court to give directions respecting any aspect of the dispute resolution process, including:
The RFC also seeks input on whether there should be a fee charged for a JDR “to level the playing field” with private mediation.