Justice Andrea Moen (Retired)


The Honourable Andrea B. Moen

In September 2018, the Honourable Andrea Moen retired from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench to which she was appointed on January 1, 2000. Her judicial work involved all areas of the law including family law which she believed to be the most important work she did as a judge.

She frequently observed high conflict in her courtroom between parents in their fights over their children. Consequently, she studied what happens to the brains of those children when they are exposed to the conflict of their parents. Her research led to the Court founding the Reforming Family Justice System initiative which seeks to find ways that families can thrive even when the parents are living apart. She believes that court is the wrong place for families to resolve their conflict.

Andrea Moen has a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She practiced mediation in the late 1990s and used the skills she learned for her judicial dispute resolution cases, of which there were many over the years of her judicial career.

She is a member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta (ADRIA). She is a recipient of the Dr. John Haynes Memorial Award in 2019 for outstanding contribution to family mediation in the Province of Alberta, awarded by the Alberta Family Mediation Society. She is also the recipient of the Lionel J McGowan Award of Excellence for regional service presented by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada in 2018.  She was nominated for this award by ADRIA.