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Provincial Court of Alberta

Last updated:
June 1, 2020

COVID-19 COURT INFORMATION (Main resource link)

COVID-19 LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULING

Locations Currently Operating

REGION

BASE LOCATION

Calgary

Calgary

Calgary Region

Calgary; Drumheller

Central Region

Camrose; Red Deer; Wetaskiwin

Edmonton

Edmonton

Edmonton Region

Ft. McMurray; Ft. Saskatchewan; Hinton, Leduc; Sherwood Park; St. Albert; St. Paul; Stony Plain; Vermilion

Northern Region

Grande Prairie; High Level; High Prairie; Peace River

Southern Region

Lethbridge; Medicine Hat

Scheduling

Covid-19 Criminal Adult Matters

Docket Courts will only be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference. If you are not in custody and you have an adult criminal court appearance in the Court between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 you do not need to attend in court. Your matter will be adjourned six weeks from the date of your scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter.

In-custody matters will continue to be heard as presently scheduled.

will be scheduled and heard in accordance with the Guidelines and the Protocols published in April, 2020

Out-of-custody matters including guilty pleas will be scheduled and heard in accordance with the Guidelines and the Protocols published in April, 2020 (see Practice Notes)

Out-of-custody criminal trials and preliminary inquiries scheduled to be heard will be adjourned. The Court will continue to hear urgent out of custody matters with leave of a Judge.

For locations other than Calgary, Calgary Regional Courts and Edmonton, an application may also be made by counsel to the Court for the hearing of an out of custody criminal trial or preliminary inquiry. However, in all cases the hearing of an out of custody preliminary inquiry or trial will only be considered if the acceptable safety equipment and measures have been put in place within the particular Courthouse in which the matter is to be heard. Check notices under Scheduling for further information.

Case management: The Court will conduct pre-trial/pre-preliminary conferences on all trials and preliminary inquiries currently set, or to be set for one half day or more and on any other matter upon request from a party or as directed by the Court. This applies to matters scheduled up to December 31st, 2020.

Specialized courts: The Court is making efforts to re-open all specialized courts either in-person or remotely as soon as practicable.  Until such time as this occurs, all matters scheduled for a specialized court between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will be presumptively adjourned six weeks from the scheduled court date or the next court date thereafter.

Judicial authorization applications: The Court will continue to hear judicial authorization applications either through the Hearing Office, by attending in Provincial Court Judges’ Chambers at a base location or in Edmonton through the Edmonton Digital Judicial Authorization Rule and Protocol.

Criminal Fines (Adult & Youth)

Practice Notes

Edmonton

Edmonton Region

Central Region

Calgary

Southern

Northern

Warrants

Criminal Fines (Adult & Youth)

Covid-19 Criminal Youth Matters

Docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference.

In custody matters: The Court will continue to deal with in-custody Youth matters, either remotely or in person as may be directed.

Out-of-custody Youth trials in Calgary and Edmonton will be presumptively adjourned to a docket court six weeks from the date of the scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter. Should either party wish to have a trial proceed they are to contact the local Assistant Chief Judge or designate at least two weeks in advance of the first day of the trial to have this issue determined.

Out-of-custody Youth trials in all other areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if so directed by the Court.

Out-of-custody Youth summary dispositions in Calgary: previously scheduled dispositions will occur regardless of whether or not the young person is in custody. Additional dispositions that do not require additional reports and will take less than 30 minutes can be arranged. The young person is expected to appear in person.

Out-of-custody Youth summary dispositions in Edmonton can be brought forward and scheduled in Courtroom 443 for May 29th and June 8th, 9th and 24th.  One hour per matter or consecutive hours can be booked.  The times will be 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.  Crown may apply to appear by teleconference or videoconference. The Young person is expected to attend in person.


COVID-19 CIVIL MATTERS

COVID-19 FAMILY AND CHILD PROTECTION

Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters

Self-represented individuals who wish to commence a matter in the Provincial Court or wish to have an ongoing matter brought into Court, must contact a Family Court Counsellor.  Family Court Counsellors can be contacted at the following phone numbers:

  •      Edmonton:  780-427-8343                  Calgary:  403-297-6981
  •      Grande Prairie:  780-833-4200           High Prairie:  780-523-6183
  •      Hinton:  780-865-8384                        Lethbridge:  403-388-3102
  •      Medicine Hat:  403-529-8716             Red Deer:  403-340-7187
  •      Stony Plain:  780-968-5812                St. Paul:  780-614-6300
  •      Wetaskiwin:  780-361-1374                Ft. McMurray:  780-743-7345

The Caseflow and Intake Regulation (Family Court Counsellors) remains mandatory in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer and Grand Prairie.

Family Mediation is available by phone or video technology at no-cost to eligible participants - see Family Mediation. Family Mediators can be contacted at the following numbers:

  • Calgary: 403-297-6981
  • Edmonton: 780-427-8329
  • Elsewhere in Alberta: 403-355-2414

Notice to Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters - April 3, 2020

All Regions (including Calgary and Edmonton)

Urgent Family and Child Protection matters will continue to be heard in accordance with the protocols presently in place (Urgent Family and Child Protection matters).

Remote Family and Child Protection Applications will continue to be heard in accordance with the Remote Applications Guidelines Family and Child Protection and the Protocols:

New family matters will not be received, without leave of the court, until June 1st, 2020.  On June 1st, 2020 the court will be open to receive new family filings together with appropriate fees and these new matters will be scheduled to be heard after July 3rd, 2020.

Regions other than Calgary and Edmonton

Family and Child Protection Docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance with local protocols.

Family and Child Protection Hearings and Trials: All Family and Child Protection matters scheduled for a hearing up to July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs. Local protocols will determine how this will occur. Any adjourned trials or hearings may be subject to an additional case conference or Pre-trial Conferences as directed by the local Assistant Chief Judge.

Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences: Until further notice all Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences will proceed remotely.

Calgary (only)

Family and Child Protection Docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance the local protocols. For family applications previously scheduled in Calgary the dockets will be divided into two courtrooms.

Family and Child Protection Hearings and Trials: All Family and Child Protection matters scheduled for a hearing up to July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs. Local protocols will be developed to set out how this will occur. Any adjourned hearings may be subject to an additional case conference or Pre-trial Conference as directed by the local Assistant Chief Judge.

Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial conferences: Until further notice all Judicial Dispute Resolutions and Pre-trial Conferences will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference in accordance with local protocols.

Edmonton (only)

Child Protection docket courts will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference whenever possible, and personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary, including the assistance of a court coordinator and duty counsel.

Child Protection hearings scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will be reviewed by the Court on a case-by-case basis and may proceed if the court directs.

Family Law dockets in the afternoon will be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference whenever possible, on those matters previously adjourned in March and April to the date indicated at that time. Personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary.  Dockets will be split into two courtrooms to accommodate social distancing.

Family Law trials that are presently scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed for parties and their lawyers plus witnesses only.  Parties may be contacted by the clerk’s office within the two weeks prior to their trial date as a reminder.

Judicial Dispute Resolution matters scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed for the parties and their lawyers only.

Pre-trial conferences scheduled between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will proceed remotely by teleconference whenever possible, and personal attendance in court will be accommodated where necessary.

Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs)

Regular court hours: In person EPO applications will continue to heard at court locations during regular court hours.

After regular court hours: EPO applications may be made by telecommunication in accordance with the procedure contained in the Telephone Applications for Emergency Protenction Orders (COVID-19).

6-Week Adjournment Guide - May 25

COVID-19 TRAFFIC COURT

No in-person services will be provided in Traffic Courts in Alberta until further notice.  If you have an appearance, trial or application scheduled during the closure, do not attend the Court in person.  Contact the Court handling your matter by telephone, email or fax if you:

  • do not dispute your ticket but need time to pay,
  • wish to adjourn your matter, or
  • wish to plead not guilty and set a trial date. Not guilty pleas will also continue to be accepted by mail. Follow the instructions on your ticket for submitting a not guilty plea by mail.

If you fail to contact the court handling your matter on or before your scheduled appearance, trial or application date, you may be convicted in absence or a warrant may be issued for your arrest. If you are convicted in absence, you may be subject to a late payment charge.

If you recently became aware that you were convicted of a traffic or other ticket offence in your absence, resulting in an overdue fine plus late payment charge, and if you have a reasonable excuse for not paying the ticket or pleading not guilty to it by the appearance date, or not appearing for trial, you can apply to have the conviction set aside. To do so, you must write out your excuse using the form COVID-19 Affidavit to set aside a conviction. The Affidavit must be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioners for Oaths and sent to the court where the conviction was entered. If you are unable to find a Commissioner for Oaths, the form contains instructions on what to do. The completed Affidavit will be reviewed by a Justice, and if they need to speak with you via telephone or videoconference, the court clerk will arrange it. If the Justice grants your application, you will be notified that your conviction in absence has been set aside and you will be able set the matter for trial, pay the ticket (less the late payment charge), or request time to pay the ticket.

Fine payments can be made:

  • online at Fine Payments  - As part of the overall response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has temporarily waived the service fee for online fine payments to assist Albertans while traffic courts are closed to the public.
  • by mail to the Provincial Traffic Production Centre, 601 5th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 5P7
  • through a Registry Office

All provincial tickets (including tickets under the Public Health Act),  by-law and other matters scheduled for trial between May 25th – July 3rd, 2020, as well as trial matters which were scheduled between March 16th – May 22nd, 2020, and previously adjourned, will be presumptively adjourned for ten weeks and re-scheduled at a later date.

Traffic Closure Contacts

Traffic Questions & Answers

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