Alberta Mirror

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Trials delayed as Alberta courts take precautions in the facade of Omicron variant


Key takeaways:

  • Standards in position through most of January.
  • Alberta courts are legislating COVID-19 protocols that will go into result Tuesday to restrict in-person traffic through courtrooms as the region undergoes a spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Alberta court delays trials due to the precautions of covid: 

Several trials and appearances planned to get underway in Alberta courts this month will be delayed following the legislation of more exacting COVID-19 protocols.

Both the regional court and Court of Queen’s Bench lately declared limitations for in-person cases to reduce traffic through courthouses across Alberta.

Measures declared by both courts will go into result Tuesday through Jan. 21 and postpone many in-person civil and criminal trials and hearings.

Oddities for the Court of Queen’s Bench include: 

  • trials that were continued before Tuesday;
  • criminal trials if a charged is in custody; 
  • planned emergency safety and controlling demand hearings with live proof;
  • issues that are decided on a case-by-case basis to be unique or critical.
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Alberta court delayed all trials and hearings due to the strict protocols of Omicron variant

The regional court stated all non-urgent out-of-custody adult and youth criminal trials will be suspended. Case administration offices will be shut for in-person attendance until additional notice. 

Family and child safety appearances will go along remotely, the court stated. The traffic court is not empty for any in-person appearances. 

The statements come as Alberta encounters a sharp peak in COVID-19 cases prompted by the highly-infectious Omicron variant.

Almost similar protection was taken at the beginning of the third wave in the spring of the previous year and followed shifting court procedures as the system has altered throughout the pandemic.

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