COVID-19 Traffic Court
UPDATED JULY 8, 2020
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For the time period July 6, 2020 to September 4, 2020, the following protocols will apply to Traffic Court procedure. This applies to matters involving tickets and charges for by-law and provincial offences, including offences under the Public Health Act, for both Adult and Youth.
Do not attend the courthouse anywhere in the province to deal with Traffic Court/Provincial Offence matters in person. Contact the Court handling your matter by telephone or email.
If you have a ticket with an upcoming first court appearance date, you can pay it online, at a registry office or by mail (see below under fines). Contact the Court handling your matter by telephone or email 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, as per the instructions on your ticket.
- Traffic Contact Information
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.
Adjournments (matters previously in court that were put over to a future date)
If you have a matter that was automatically adjourned to a new court date of July 6, 2020, or later, you must contact the court by telephone or email on or before your new court date. If you fail to do so, you may be convicted in absence (found guilty and fined) or in some cases, an arrest warrant may be issued.
The Traffic Court Adjournment Guide shows you what your new court date is, based on your original court date. Your original court date is the last date your matter was scheduled for court.
- Example #1: If a plea on your matter was reserved to April 27, 2020, your new court date is July 6, 2020.
- Example #2 – If you were released on an appearance notice, undertaking or release order to appear in court on April 24, 2020, your new court date is September 14, 2020.
Remote Out of Custody Dispositions and Other Applications
Commencing July 6, 2020, Calgary and Edmonton Traffic Courts will remotely hear, via Webex and in the absence of the Defendant, out of custody dispositions and/or any other applications ONLY where the Defendant is represented by Defence Counsel or a Commercial Legal Agent (a person who routinely represents others in Traffic Courts in Alberta for a fee, but is not a lawyer). Matters will be heard before a Justice of the Peace by Webex, and will include:
- Matters that the Crown and Defence Counsel/Commercial Legal Agent have proposed are eligible to be heard;
- Guilty pleas, adjournment requests, requests for time to pay extensions, set-aside applications after conviction in absence, and joint submissions that do not involve a period of incarceration.
Details of the Remote Out of Custody Dispositions and Other Applications are set out in the Traffic Court Practice Note.
As the Court considers hearing other remote hearings for Traffic Court matters, a further Practice Note will be provided.
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.
Provincial Court Pandemic Plan - COVID19