COVID-19 Traffic Court
UPDATED NOVEMBER 17, 2020
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Effective September 8, 2020, the following protocols will apply to Traffic Court matters. Traffic Court matters involve tickets and charges for by-law, traffic and other provincial offences, including offences under the Public Health Act, for both Adults and Youth.
Do not attend the courthouse anywhere in the province to deal with Traffic Court matters in person unless:
- You received a “court appearance required” ticket and you wish to plead guilty to the charge on the court appearance date; or
- You have a matter scheduled for trial; or
- You are required as a witness for a scheduled trial.
For anything else, contact the court handling your matter by telephone or email.
Tickets with an Upcoming Court Date
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 Paying Tickets and 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.
If You Missed your Court Date
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, follow the instructions provided with the COVID-19 Affidavit to set aside a conviction.
If you missed a court appearance date that has resulted in a warrant issuing for your arrest, contact the court handling your matter by phone or email for further direction.
Remote Out of Custody Dispositions and Other Applications
Commencing July 6, 2020, Calgary Traffic Court 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.
Requests for Extension of Time to Pay
If you require more time to pay your fine, you can request more time by completing the Request for Extension of Time to Pay form and emailing the form to the court office handling your matter.
A Justice of the Peace/Provincial Court Judge will review your request on the day that your fine is due and you will be notified of the decision by email/mail at the contact information provided on the form.
Requests for extensions must be made in advance of the fine due date.
NOTE: EXTENSIONS OF TIME TO PAY ARE NOT AUTOMATIC.
Paying Tickets and Fines
Ticket and 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