Many disputes over administrative rules and regulations (e.g. employment insurance, disability benefits, refugee claims or human rights) are dealt with outside the court system by various tribunals and boards. Administrative tribunals may resemble courts, but they are not part of the court system.
The procedure before administrative bodies is usually less formal than that in the courts. However, the courts exercise a supervisory role over administrative tribunals, which may refer questions to the courts. The courts ensure that tribunals remain within their responsibilities under the law and that their procedures are fair.
Chart of Courts in Alberta