COVID-19 Court Information
The Provincial Court of Alberta
**NEW!! Visit the COVID-19 Staged Resumption of Court Operations - Part 2 - Effective July 6 **
COVID-19 Staged Resumption Part 1 - In force until July 5, 2020
This page is continuously updated. NEW information contained in this page supersedes information in earlier announcements.
The Court acknowledges that the Province of Alberta is still in a Provincial State of Emergency, and that the Provincial Government and Chief Medical Officer of Health continue to prohibit the gathering of large groups of people and recommend the continued application of social distancing principles and other health related measures.
The Government of Alberta has now published the “Alberta’s Re-Launch Strategy” which outlines the gradual re-opening of businesses and activities in the Province of Alberta. This re-launch strategy includes many enhanced infection prevention and control measures including physical distancing requirements of at least two meters and other public health guidelines.
The COVID-19 Staged Resumption of Court Operations - Part 1 covers the period May 25th through to and including July 3rd, 2020 and outlines the Court’s operations for that time period. It is predicated on the Court’s ability to respect all public health guidelines in place from time to time. As a result of the variety of courthouses and courtrooms presently in operation in the province and the resulting ability to respect public health guidelines, the operations outlined in this Plan may vary from location to location.
Access to Provincial Court Houses in Alberta continues to be restricted to only those persons necessary to the proceedings before the Court, which includes counsel, litigants, accused, witnesses, support workers, and members of the media. Everyone attending court facilities must follow all public health guidelines including social distancing protocols. The number of people permitted in any courtroom or area of the Court will be in accordance with the then current Public Health Order concerning the size of gatherings.
All case management offices remain closed until further notice.
No members of the public will be permitted in courthouses unless they are required for a court matter (parties, witnesses, media).
Do not attend the courthouse to pay the fines in person. See more information below under COVID-19 Traffic Court.
Do not come into a courthouse in person if you have been advised to self-isolate by public health officials, your doctor or the Alberta Health Services website; or you are self-isolating as a result of travel or contact with individuals with COVID-19.
Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19
COVID -19 Planning for the Scheduling of Matters - March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Staged Resumption of Court Operations - Part 1 - May 19, 2020