Diane LM Cook|Jul 27, 2011
Ian R. MacDonald, a partner and senior litigator with Field Law in Calgary, has devised a “roadmap to resolution” to help parties navigate a litigation plan under Alberta’s new Rules of Court that came into force in November 2010. “The roadmap to resolution provides guidelines for facilitators, litigators, and their clients to navigate Rules 1.2 and 4.16 of the Rules of Court.”
MacDonald, who’s been active in dispute resolution for 15 years, says the idea for the roadmap came from an advanced mediation course he took in February presented by Michael Fogel.
Over the years, Alberta’s litigation system has been criticized for being too cumbersome, too slow, too expensive, and too unresponsive for both litigators and their clients’ needs. According to the new Rules of Court, they challenge counsel to “identify the issues in dispute and facilitate the quickest means of resolving a claim at the least expense.” The rules are to be used “to encourage the parties to resolve the claim themselves, by agreement, with or without assistance, as early in the process as practicable.”