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Alberta Court COVID Updates

Oki, The following links are Alberta Justice new COVID updates on court procedures and resources: Final stages of court resumption COVID-19 Criminal Adult Court SOUTHERN REGION COURT RESUMPTION PROTOCOL – PART 3

Recent Updates on Court Procedures

All Alberta courthouses: Plexiglas barriers were installed at public facing counters in all open courthouses and resolution service centres that did not already have barriers in place. As of March 30, 2020, public access to all courthouses in the province of Alberta will be restricted until further notice. Members of the general public will only be permitted to enter a courthouse in certain circumstances   Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench The court is now hearing summary dispositions via Webex for civil cases in which all parties agree to proceed in this manner. The court has prepared a Q&A for further information: https://albertacourts.ca/qb/court-operations-schedules/pandemic-operations/FAQ resuming some criminal trials in-person and via Webex video conference, starting in June. Priority will be given to trials scheduled to be heard between March 16 and June 26 that were cancelled because of the court’s pandemic response. extending its limitation of hearings to emergency and urgent matters only to June 26, 2020, and the adjournment of criminal jury trials and jury selections to September 8, 2020. Limiting hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. Requests can be made online or over the phone for parties without internet access. Emergency matters are those in which serious consequences to persons or harm to property may arise if the hearing does not proceed, or if there is a risk of loss of jurisdiction or expiration of an existing protection or restraining order. Definition of emergency/urgent matters here: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/definition-of-emergency-urgent-matters Kept clerk offices open (Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, St. Paul, Grande Prairie, Peace River, Red Deer, Wetaskiwin, Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge) to accept filings.   Updated May 29   Provincial Court of Alberta The Provincial Court of Alberta has released part one of their resumption plan, outlining their operations and covering the period May 25 through July 3. The Provincial Court of