COVID-19 Family and Youth Criminal
UPDATED October 19, 2021
Effective October 12, 2021:
- From October 12 until November 4 (inclusive), subject to the Regional Practice Directive, Youth Criminal, Family and Child Protection trials will proceed as scheduled unless an application is made to adjourn a matter. As per the Regional Practice Directive, in all courts outside of Calgary and Edmonton:
- All docket courts, will be conducted virtually. No in-person attendance will be allowed unless the presiding Judge first approves of the attendance.
- All Family and Child Protection trials will proceed as scheduled subject to court direction otherwise.
- All pretrial conferences and JDRs will be conducted virtually.
- All Youth Court trials scheduled in Wetaskiwin, Leduc, Sherwood Park, Stony Plain, Ft. Saskatchewan and St. Albert will proceed as scheduled.
- All Youth Court trials scheduled in the regional courts other than the courts itemized in (d) above for youth who are not in custody and set for trial between October 13, 2021 and November 5, 2021 will be adjourned (subject to 2 (c) above).Defendants or their defence counsel should either bring the matter forward to set a new trial date or attend court virtually on the trial date to reschedule the trial.
- The Court will continue to hear pretrial processes, applications and dockets on a virtual basis.
- All safety measures will remain in place, including: masking requirements; plexiglass; physical distancing; and current COVID-19 courtroom capacity limits.
- Subject to further notice, Youth Criminal docket matters will continue as currently scheduled. Counsel are to appear remotely or in person, and use designations of counsel where possible. Trials and sentencing are to occur as scheduled. In certain cases, the young person must appear. For Youth tickets follow the Traffic Court protocol.
Until further notice, Family and Child Protection in Regional Courts will continue to conduct docket matters in Family and Child Protection but all dockets are proceeding virtually.
Until further notice, Calgary Regional Family and Child Protection matters may be moved to a different court location. Contact the Calgary Regional Court Clerks office for more information.
Child Protection Docket matters, Case Management Conferences, Case Conferences and Pretrial 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.
Emergency Protection Orders, PCHAD, PSECA, Mental Health Warrants, and Secure Services applications are to occur in person unless exceptional circumstances exist.
In Family Law matters, docket and pretrial conferences are to occur by remote appearance by parties and counsel, or in person depending on your local area, so please check the protocol for the courthouse you are appearing in. Trials and JDRs are to occur as scheduled with local protocols governing how counsel and parties are to appear.
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