Effective July 4, 2022, masking, as with social distancing, is no longer mandatory in public areas, including courtrooms, or secure workplaces in Alberta courthouses. However, a presiding Justice or Applications Judge may direct either or both masking and social distancing in a particular courtroom where the circumstances so warrant.
While masking and social distancing are no longer mandatory, both are encouraged in all areas within Alberta courthouses.
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or experiencing core symptoms of COVID-19 not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition is not to attend a courthouse for a minimum of five days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. If you have a court appearance during this time, contact your lawyer or Legal Aid Alberta at 1-866-845-3425 for Duty Counsel assistance.
For traffic ticket matters, in-person attendance is limited to those with trial dates, on the date of the trial, and those wishing to submit a partial payment of a fine.
a. Visit traffictickets.alberta.ca to:
i. plead guilty and request time to pay;
ii. plead not guilty and request a trial date; or
iii. change a previous not guilty plea to guilty and request time to pay.