COVID-19 Family and Youth Criminal

UPDATED Jan 2, 2022

Effective November 8, 2021 until further notice:

  • All safety measures will remain in place, including: masking requirements; plexiglass; physical distancing; and current COVID-19 courtroom capacity limits.

Provincial Court Family Law Applications:

  • For all Docket matters counsel and litigants are to appear by Webex or telephone pursuant to the protocol set out below for the location where the appearance is to occur. They will continue to occur as previously scheduled. In Red Deer please follow the existing protocol circulated to counsel. For more information for Red Deer case contact (403) 340-5172.
  • For all pre-trial matters such as JDRs and pre-trial conferences counsel and litigants are to appear remotely pursuant to the local protocol set out below. They will proceed as scheduled.
  • All trials will proceed as scheduled with in-person attendance by witnesses, parties and counsel. Should counsel wish to have a witness to testify by video they need to make an application more than 30 days in advance pursuant to the Protocol for Booking Technology for Remote Witness Testimony.
  • For Calgary Regional Docket and trial matters the courtroom location may have changed. Please contact the Calgary Regional Court Clerks for advice at (403) 297-3010 for Canmore matters. For Drumheller, Siksika, and Strathmore matters call the Drumheller Court Clerks at (403) 820-7300.
  • Emergency Protection Orders, PCHAD, PSECA, Mental Health Warrants, Human Trafficking and Secure Services applications are to occur in person unless exceptional circumstances exist. Youth who are in a secure location facility are to appear by telephone or video conference.

Child Protection Cases:

  • Child Protection Docket matters, Case Management Conferences, Case Conferences and Pre-trial Conferences will be by remote appearance or in person, depending on your local area, so please check the protocol for the courthouse you will be appearing in. 
  • Initial custody hearings and trials will occur as scheduled with in-person attendance of witnesses, parties and counsel unless otherwise directed by the court.
  • For Calgary Regional Child protection matters the courtroom location may have changed. Please contact the Calgary Regional Court Clerks for advice at (403) 297-3010 for Canmore matters. For Drumheller, Siksika, and Strathmore matters call the Drumheller Court Clerks at (403) 820-7300.
  • All Apprehension Order Applications are to occur by telephone.
  • For Edmonton all Apprehension Order Applications are to be made in person, by videoconference, by telephone or in person by a court counselor presenting an Application and Affidavit sworn or affirmed by the director’s delegate. 

Youth Criminal Matters:

  • If you are a young person charged with an offence you must attend in person for all court appearances unless you have made arrangements for a lawyer to appear for you.
  • In Edmonton, if you are a young person charged with an indictable offence you must attend in person for all court appearances unless you have made arrangements for a lawyer to appear for you and that lawyer has had you sign a form called a Designation of Counsel.
  • Young persons are required to attend in person for all trials, preliminary inquiries and sentencings even if they have a lawyer.
  • In Edmonton, young persons are required to attend in person for entering a guilty plea, changes to release conditions, all trials, preliminary inquiries and sentencings even if they have a lawyer.
  • In Calgary, youth are required to attend in person on their first appearance even if they have a lawyer.
  • Counsel must attend in person for all trials and preliminary inquiries. Witnesses are to attend in person unless arrangements are made pursuant to the Protocol for Booking Technology for Remote Witness Testimony.
  • All pre-trial conferences will occur virtually based on the protocol for the region where the trial is to occur.
  • Counsel are to appear virtually in docket court unless permitted to attend in person by the court. The use of Designations of Counsel is encouraged.
  • Counsel can appear remotely for dispositions but are encouraged to appear in person for cases where a custodial sentence is a possibility.
  • In Edmonton, Counsel can appear remotely for dispositions but are encouraged to appear in person for cases where a custodial sentence is a possibility. If Counsel is appearing remotely the young person is to attend with an adult.  All youth in custody will appear by CCTV (or by phone if in isolation) for Docket Appearances and in person for trials. For sentencing matters, please refer to the protocol for the courthouse where the youth will appear. 

Youth Traffic Matters:

For further information regarding specific court locations and their protocols, see the following links: 


Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19

Conduct Guide for Remote Hearings

Protocol for Booking Courtroom Technology for Remote Witness


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