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Provincial Court Christmas Closure Protocol

Nov 29, 2022

The current agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees includes a provision for Christmas closure. The Provincial Court of Alberta will be closed on December 24, 2022 through January 2, 2023, inclusive, with the exception of the operations described below.

Provincial Court Family and Youth will be open on December 29, 2022 in Edmonton and Calgary to hear urgent Family, Youth and Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act matters requiring judicial attention.

Justices of the Peace will be available at the Hearing Offices in Calgary and Edmonton on December 29, 2022 for scheduled bail hearings.

The Calgary and Edmonton Hearing Offices will continue to hear matters in the same manner as other statutory holidays. The Calgary Hearing Office will be operational 24 hours per day, seven days per week.  The Edmonton Hearing Office will be operational from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days per week.

An announcement to this effect will be made to the public and the Bar, and signage will be posted at all Provincial Court locations. Anyone with an emergency application will be directed to contact either the Calgary or Edmonton Hearing Office, where staff will be on hand to assist and if necessary provide contact information and redirect the call based on the type of application, location of the applicant, and urgency.

Contact Numbers: 
Calgary Hearing Office – 403‐297‐4444
Edmonton Hearing Office – 780‐422‐3699

Should an emergency matter need to be heard before a Provincial Court Judge, the Hearing Office clerk will contact the designated on‐call judge and arrange for the application to be heard.

The Provincial Court will resume normal operations on January 3, 2023.