COVID-19 Traffic Court
Tickets (including tickets under the Public Health Act), By-Law, Provincial Offences and Inquiries
UPDATED MAY 27, 2020
No in-person services will be provided in Traffic Courts in Alberta until further notice. If you have an appearance, trial or application scheduled during the closure, do not attend the Court in person. Contact the Court handling your matter by telephone, email or fax if you:
- do not dispute your ticket but need time to pay,
- wish to adjourn your matter, or
- wish to plead not guilty and set a trial date. Not guilty pleas will also continue to be accepted by mail. Follow the instructions on your ticket for submitting a not guilty plea by mail.
If you fail to contact the court handling your matter on or before your scheduled appearance, trial or application 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.
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, you must write out your excuse using the form COVID-19 Affidavit to set aside a conviction. The Affidavit must be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioners for Oaths and sent to the court where the conviction was entered. If you are unable to find a Commissioner for Oaths, the form contains instructions on what to do. The completed Affidavit will be reviewed by a Justice, and if they need to speak with you via telephone or videoconference, the court clerk will arrange it. If the Justice grants your application, you will be notified that your conviction in absence has been set aside and you will be able set the matter for trial, pay the ticket (less the late payment charge), or request time to pay the ticket.
Fine payments can be made:
- online at Fine Payments - 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.
- by mail to the Provincial Traffic Production Centre, 601 5th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 5P7
- through a Registry Office
All provincial tickets (including tickets under the Public Health Act), by-law and other matters scheduled for trial between May 25th – July 3rd, 2020, as well as trial matters which were scheduled between March 16th – May 22nd, 2020, and previously adjourned, will be presumptively adjourned for ten weeks and re-scheduled at a later date.
Traffic Closure Contacts
Traffic Questions & Answers
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