COVID-19 Criminal Adult

UPDATED  MAY 27, 2020

Docket Courts will only be held remotely by teleconference or videoconference. If you are not in custody and you have an adult criminal court appearance in the Court between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 you do not need to attend in court. Your matter will be adjourned six weeks from the date of your scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter.

In-custody matters will continue to be heard as presently scheduled.

will be scheduled and heard in accordance with the Guidelines and the Protocols published in April, 2020

Out-of-custody matters including guilty pleas will be scheduled and heard in accordance with the Guidelines and the Protocols published in April, 2020 (see Practice Notes)

Out-of-custody criminal trials and preliminary inquiries scheduled to be heard will be adjourned. The Court will continue to hear urgent out of custody matters with leave of a Judge.

For locations other than Calgary, Calgary Regional Courts and Edmonton, an application may also be made by counsel to the Court for the hearing of an out of custody criminal trial or preliminary inquiry. However, in all cases the hearing of an out of custody preliminary inquiry or trial will only be considered if the acceptable safety equipment and measures have been put in place within the particular Courthouse in which the matter is to be heard. Check notices under Scheduling for further information.

Case management: The Court will conduct pre-trial/pre-preliminary conferences on all trials and preliminary inquiries currently set, or to be set for one half day or more and on any other matter upon request from a party or as directed by the Court. This applies to matters scheduled up to December 31st, 2020.

Specialized courts: The Court is making efforts to re-open all specialized courts either in-person or remotely as soon as practicable.  Until such time as this occurs, all matters scheduled for a specialized court between May 25th and July 3rd, 2020 will be presumptively adjourned six weeks from the scheduled court date or the next court date thereafter.

Judicial authorization applications: The Court will continue to hear judicial authorization applications either through the Hearing Office, by attending in Provincial Court Judges’ Chambers at a base location or in Edmonton through the Edmonton Digital Judicial Authorization Rule and Protocol.

Criminal Fines (Adult & Youth)

Practice Notes


Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19

COVID -19 Planning for the Scheduling of Matters - March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Staged Resumption of Court Operations - Part 1  - May 19, 2020


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