Spotlight on Chapter 8: “Trials” from LESA’s Alberta Civil Practice Manual

LESA’s Alberta Civil Practice Manual is recently updated (spring 2023) thanks to the dedicated work of our volunteers. R. Travis Bissett, partner at Stringam LLP assisted with Chapter 8 of the manual (“Trials”).

This week, the LESA blog would like to spotlight Travis’s career in law, and his contributions to this manual.

Travis joined Stringam LLP in 2007 and has worked as a partner since 2015. In addition to a focus involving a wide array of serious personal injury claims and general civil litigation, Travis has successfully assisted clients in hundreds of transactions involving real estate and corporate/commercial matters. Travis also has a busy wills and estate practice and takes on select family law cases. Travis has appeared successfully in all levels of Court in Alberta and is rated as a top lawyer in Alberta.

Travis is current member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and a past member of both the British Columbia and Ontario Trial Lawyers Associations. He regularly volunteers in the community and was a regular instructor at the Lethbridge College on evidentiary issues for nursing and police students. He enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and traveling with his family.

It was a pleasure to review and contribute to the Chapter 8 (Trials) in the  Alberta Civil Practice Manual. This chapter delves into settlement procedures and defense of tender. The process of entering a trial and obtaining a trial date is explained, along with guidelines for confirming, adjourning, or abandoning a trial date. This chapter also includes sections on trial preparation, including fee arrangements, pleadings review, evidence gathering, witness preparation, and settlement discussions. It covers the creation of a trial brief, the use of transcripts and records, and the importance of witness preparation. The manual further addresses statements of agreed facts, witnesses outside the jurisdiction, jury trials, and the conduct of a trial, including the trial sequence, opening motions, presentation of evidence, and applications for dismissal. This chapter also contains some helpful checklists.” R. Travis Bissett

LESA also wishes to acknowledge Robert G. Bissett for his contributions to this chapter.

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