Public & Media Access
The Court of King'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.
Court Information Access Guide for Alberta
The Court Information Access Guide for Alberta 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 King’s Bench
Only Accredited Media may participate in the Courts’ media programs. To be considered as “Accredited Media,” by the Court of King’s Bench and The Provincial Court of Alberta (“the Courts”), a person or organization must satisfy the definition of professional media and meet the standards of professional conduct as set out in the courts' Media Accreditation Policy and provide a written undertaking to comply with the law, Court orders, and Court policies.
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.
Use of Electronic Devices Policy
Counsel and members of accredited media may keep their devices turned on in courtrooms, subject to the terms of the Use of Electronic 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.