COVID-19 Court Information

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The Provincial Court of Alberta

COVID-19 Pandemic Planning for the Scheduling of Matters

UPDATE:  MARCH 23, 2020

This document updates and supplements the Court’s March 16, 2020 announcement.  NEW information contained in this document will supersede information in the earlier announcement. 

The court will continue to post further information as it becomes available, so please continue to check the Provincial Court website for updates.

As of Tuesday March 17, 2020, if you have a family, civil, criminal court or a Provincial Offences/traffic court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court, you do not need to attend unless the matter is an in-custody or urgent criminal matter, or an urgent family or child protection matter. 

No members of the public will be permitted in courthouses unless they are required for a court matter (parties, witnesses, media). Legal counsel are permitted access to the Court house for urgent court-related business ONLY. 

 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.

THE COURT IS REDUCING THE NUMBER OF COURTHOUSES AND COURTROOMS THAT ARE OPERATIONAL

The following base court locations currently continue to operate (on a reduced scale):

Calgary

Camrose -only for trials in custody.

All other matters diverted to Wetaskiwin

Edmonton

Drumheller

Ft. McMurray

Ft. Saskatchewan

Grande Prairie

High Level

High Prairie

Hinton

Leduc

Lethbridge

Medicine Hat

Peace River

Red Deer

Sherwood Park

St. Albert

St. Paul

Stony Plain

Vermilion

Wetaskiwin

Court locations that remain open are CONDUCTING URGENT BUSINESS ONLY. 

Regional Matters

CRIMINAL and YOUTH CRIMINAL MATTERS

If you are not in custody and you have a criminal court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court between Tuesday March 17 and Friday, May 22, 2020 you do not need to attend court. The Court website will be updated regularly to provide information regarding rescheduling, which will be 10 weeks from the date of your scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter. 

All out of custody matters will be adjourned for 10 weeks from the date currently set. Counsel shall not attend for these presumptive 10 week adjournments.

All regional matters will return to their respective regional Case Management Office (CMO) location.  If there is no CMO location in the region, it will return to the docket court of that location. 

All in-custody matters will proceed including:

  • Bail hearings
  • Sentencings with a priority given to those facing a time served situation
  • Preliminary inquiries and trials
  • Youth criminal sentence reviews

The Court will hear urgent out of custody criminal matters with leave of a judge.  

The Court will be available to process urgent warrants and judicial authorizations.

CIVIL MATTERS

All Provincial Court civil matters, including trials, chambers list applications and pretrial conferences that are scheduled to be heard prior to May 22nd 2020 are adjourned sine die (indefinitely). This applies to all PTCs and chambers list matters, including matters now set to be heard by phone.

Matters which are presently scheduled to be heard after May 22, 2020 for the time being remain as scheduled.  Please contact the civil division hotlines at the numbers below, or your local courthouse to stay up-to-date on those matters scheduled after May 22, 2020.

If a litigant feels their matter is urgent they are to contact the clerks' office who will refer it to a judge to determine the urgency.

For scheduling concerns, please call the civil division hotlines. Those lines are:

Edmonton: 780 644-7638
Calgary: 403 297-7219

For matters that are scheduled to be heard outside of Edmonton or Calgary please contact your local courthouse.

Effective immediately we will only be filing urgent/time sensitive documents:

  • Civil Claims where the limitation period/date is about to expire.
  • Applications and Affidavits for extending time for service of a Civil Claim that will soon expire.
  • Dispute Notes and other time sensitive pleadings.
  • Notices of Appeal
  • Applications that are of an emergent nature (such as seting aside a judgment where collection proceedings have commenced, or Landlord/Tenant matters where safety is an issue).
  • Please note: the Court will determine if the Application will be filed, and if and when the hearing will be set.

      FAMILY AND CHILD PROTECTION

      Outside Edmonton and Calgary:

      Non-urgent family matters which were to be heard between March 16 and May 22, 2020 will be adjourned for ten weeks from the scheduled court date or to the next closest court date thereafter.

      The following matters will still be heard by the courts outside Edmonton and Calgary as required, though you need to check which court location as some circuit courts have closed:

      • matters with statutory limitations or deadlines;
      • where there is the risk of violence or immediate harm to one of the parties or the child;
      • where there is risk of removal of a child;
      • apprehension orders;
      • Initial Custody Hearings,
      • first appearance after apprehension, and
      • mandatory reviews or show causes under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, Protection of Children Abusing Drugs Act, Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act, Mandatory Drug Testing and Disclosure Act, and Mental Health Act;
      • warrants, and
      • emergency protection order
      • Family Pre-Trial Conferences and Child Protection Case Management Meetings and will be conducted by telephone unless adjourned.
      • Child Protection Hearing where the parties have consented to a return, Supervision order, Temporary Guardianship Order or Permanent Guardianship Order will occur as agreed by counsel or as directed by the court.

      TRAFFIC COURT

      Until further notice, all Traffic Courts in Alberta will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

      If you have an appearance, trial or application scheduled during the closure, do not attend court in person. Contact the court handling your matter by telephone, e-mail or fax.

      • 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.

      DO NOT ATTEND THE COURTHOUSE TO PAY FINES IN PERSON  

      Fine payments can be made:

      • online at Fine Payments 
      • by mail to the Provincial Traffic Production Centre, 601 5th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 5P7
      • through a Registry Office  

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