COVID-19 Court Information
The Provincial Court of Alberta
This page is updated as necessary. New information contained in this page supersedes information in earlier announcements.
Updated April 28, 2022
All persons entering a courthouse in Alberta are required to wear a face mask while in any public area of the courthouse. Some limited exceptions to this rule are noted here. Anyone claiming a medical or disability exemption from the masking requirement must provide proof thereof. For those who do not have a face mask, one can be obtained from perimeter security at the entrance to the courthouse.
COVID-19 precautions remain in effect, including:
- Social distancing rules
- Limited capacity within courtrooms
- Plexiglas barriers within courtrooms
- Enhanced cleaning
Failure to abide by these restrictions may result in penalties and fines imposed by the court.
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.
Each division of the court has slightly different practices based on current conditions.
Local Courtroom Protocols
The protocols and practice directives at many individual courtrooms and courthouses across the province are often updated to reflect the changing constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is strongly advised that anyone appearing in court read the applicable regional and local practice notes.
These practice notes are organized first by court division (criminal, civil, traffic, or family and youth) and then by region.
Applications to appear remotely should be made 30 days in advance of the scheduled trial date. For more information on remote appearances, please visit the following links.
Bar Admissions: In-person bar admissions are permitted up to the COVID-19 courtroom capacity limit.