COVID-19 Traffic Court
UPDATED January 4, 2022
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Between January 4, 2022 and January 21, 2022 inclusive, Traffic Court will not be open for any in-person appearances.
In-person appearances will be suspended for all Traffic Court matters (adult and youth) and may continue to be heard remotely through Webex or telephone.
There will be no presumptive adjournments during this time.
Traffic Courts will also suspend the hearing of trials with the exception of virtual trials scheduled in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Lethbridge and Fort MacLeod. For all other locations, contact the base court office for the location your trial is scheduled by telephone or email for further information.
Traffic matters (including those from circuit points) may still be dealt with remotely at Base courts, but no in-person appearances will be allowed.
TICKETS WITH AN UPCOMING TRIAL DATE
If you fail to contact the Court handling your matter on or before 3:00 p.m. on your trial 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.
TICKETS WITH AN UPCOMING FIRST APPEARANCE COURT DATE
PART THREE TICKETS (Yellow ticket or e-ticket with Voluntary Payment Option) First appearances for TSA, TTP PTA and GLC offences can now be dealt with online. Go to URL: http://traffictickets.alberta.ca and follow the on-screen instructions. (Must use MS EDGE, Google Chrome, etc.) **You must log in prior to 3:30 p.m. on or before your First Appearance Date to avoid being Convicted in Absence.**
- Not Guilty Plea – Trial date will be mailed to address on ticket. If your address has changed, please enter new address when prompted online. Allow four to six weeks for the letter to arrive.
- Fine payment with a credit card
- Guilty plea with time to pay
- Dispute or request a resolution on ticket(s) (Please be advised that photo radar ticket reductions are generally only offered in exceptional circumstances.)
Fine payment may be made:
If you have a ticket with an upcoming first court appearance date, you can pay it online, at a registry office or by mail. Contact the court handling your matter by telephone or email if you need more information.
- To pay online, please visit: http://traffictickets.alberta.ca. As part of the overall response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has temporarily waived the service fee for online fine payments to assist Albertans while traffic courts are closed to the public.
- To pay by mail: send to the Provincial Traffic Production Centre, 601 – 5 Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 5P7. Please make your cheque payable to the Government of Alberta.
- Through a registry office. You must take a copy of your ticket with you. A fee is applicable.
- Court contact information for traffic closure matters.
IF YOU MISSED YOUR COURT DATE
If you recently became aware that you were convicted of a traffic or other ticket offence in your absence, resulting in an overdue fine plus late payment charge, and if you have a reasonable excuse for not paying the ticket or pleading not guilty to it by the appearance date, or not appearing for trial, you can apply to have the conviction set aside. To do so, follow the instructions provided with the Application to set aside a conviction.
If you missed a court appearance date that has resulted in a warrant issuing for your arrest, contact the court handling your matter by phone or email for further direction.
REMOTE OUT-OF-CUSTODY DISPOSITIONS AND OTHER APPLICATIONS
All Traffic Courts will remotely hear, via Webex and in the absence of the Defendant, out-of-custody dispositions and/or any other applications ONLY where the Defendant is represented by Defence Counsel or a Commercial Legal Agent (a person who routinely represents others in Traffic Courts in Alberta for a fee, but is not a lawyer). Matters will be heard before a Justice of the Peace by Webex, and will include:
- Matters that the Crown and Defence Counsel/Commercial Legal Agent have proposed are eligible to be heard;
- Guilty pleas, adjournment requests, requests for time to pay extensions, set-aside applications after conviction in absence, and joint submissions that do not involve a period of incarceration.
Details of the Remote Out-of-Custody Dispositions and Other Applications are set out in the Traffic Court Practice Note.
As the Court considers hearing other remote hearings for Traffic Court matters, a further practice note will be provided.
REQUESTS FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO PAY
If you require more time to pay your fine, you can request more time by completing the Request for Extension of Time to Pay form and emailing the form to the court office handling your matter.
A Justice of the Peace/Provincial Court Judge will review your request on the day that your fine is due and you will be notified of the decision by email/mail at the contact information provided on the form.
Requests for extensions must be made in advance of the fine due date.
NOTE: EXTENSIONS OF TIME TO PAY ARE NOT AUTOMATIC.
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