Public & Media Access
The Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta values the open court principle and its policies enhance access by members of the public and media. Except where restricted by law or a judge’s order, courtrooms are open to the public and media, and court records and exhibits are available to view or copy.
Alberta Courts Public and Media Access Guide
The Alberta Courts Public and Media Access Guide covers access to court proceedings, court records and exhibits by members of the public, including the media. It also covers restrictions on access to or publication of court information.
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Media Programs in the Court of Queen’s Bench
To be considered as “accredited media” by this Court, a person or organization must (i) satisfy the definition of “professional media” below, and (ii) undertake in writing to comply with the law, Court orders, and Court policies. The Court’s acceptance of the written undertaking gives the person or organization the status of accredited media, enabling their participation in the Court's media programs. The Court reserves the right to decide whether to accept the undertaking.
For the purpose of the Court’s media programs, the Court defines professional media as including persons or organizations who in the practice of journalism regularly gather, assess, and accurately present news and information using print, broadcast, or electronic means.
Members of the media may sign the Media Application and Undertaking and provide it to the Court’s Communications Officer. When the Court accepts the undertaking, the media representative is then accredited media for the purpose of the court’s access policies.
Undertaking and Agreement for Non-Lawyers
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Court is conducting an increased number of hearings by videoconference or audioconference. To protect the integrity of Court proceedings, parties participating in a videoconference or audioconference hearing must sign the Undertaking and Agreement of Non-Lawyer. Forms should be signed and returned via e-mail to CommunicationsOfficer.firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile to: (403) 297-8625.
Electronic and Wireless Devices Policy
Counsel and members of accredited media may keep their devices turned on in courtrooms, subject to the terms of the Electronic and Wireless Devices Policy. All other persons must turn off their devices in courtrooms. For everyone, this policy governs use of electronic and wireless devices in courtrooms and courthouses.
Audio Recording Policy
Members of accredited media may make and use audio recordings of court proceedings on the conditions set out in the Audio Recording Policy.