We wanted to keep you in the loop during this pandemic so we will be sharing the following information from The Provincial Court of Alberta:
COVID-19 PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE SCHEDULING OF MATTERS
UPDATED APRIL 6, 2020
As of Tuesday March 17, 2020, if you have a criminal court or a Provincial Offences/traffic court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court, you do not need to attend unless the matter is an in-custody or urgent criminal matter, or an urgent family or child protection matter.
No members of the public will be permitted in courthouses unless they are required for a court matter (parties, witnesses, media). Legal counsel is permitted access to the Court house for urgent court-related business ONLY.
Do not come into a courthouse in person if you have been advised to self-isolate by public health officials, your doctor or the Alberta Health Services website; or you are self-isolating as a result of travel or contact with individuals with COVID-19.
THE COURT IS REDUCING THE NUMBER OF COURTHOUSES AND COURTROOMS THAT ARE OPERATIONAL. Court locations that remain open are CONDUCTING URGENT BUSINESS ONLY.
CRIMINAL AND YOUTH CRIMINAL MATTERS
If you are not in custody and you have a criminal court appearance in the Alberta Provincial Court between Tuesday March 17 and Friday, May 22, 2020 you do not need to attend court. The Court website will be updated regularly to provide information regarding rescheduling, which will be 10 weeks from the date of your scheduled court appearance or the next court date thereafter.
All out of custody matters will be adjourned for 10 weeks from the date currently set. Counsel shall not attend for these presumptive 10 week adjournments.
All regional matters will return to their respective regional Case Management Office (CMO) location. If there is no CMO location in the region, it will return to the docket court of that location.
All in-custody matters will proceed including:
Sentencings with a priority given to those facing a time served situation
Preliminary inquiries and trials
Youth criminal sentence reviews
The Court will hear urgent out of custody criminal matters with leave of a judge.
The Court will be available to process urgent warrants and judicial authorizations.
The court will continue to post further information as it becomes available, so please continue to check the Provincial Court website for updates.
We will continue to keep you informed as new information becomes available. Please keep in mind that our office is closed but we are still taking all your calls and emails so be sure to reach out to us via telephone at 403-329-8188 or email at [email protected] you can also find up-to-date information on our website under “Community” www.connollyandassociates.ca