Criminal

Criminal law involves investigating and prosecuting people who may have broken the law; and punishing people who are found to have done so. The Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta is a superior court of criminal jurisdiction, with the power to try any indictable offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. The Court generally only tries the most serious criminal offences, including murder, manslaughter, and drug trafficking, or conspiracy to commit one of these offences.

Criminal Procedure Rules
Règles de procédure en matière criminelle

Pursuant to ss. 482 and 482.1 of the Criminal Code, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has made the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta Criminal Procedure Rules. The new Rules replace the Criminal Proceeding Rules (Criminal Practice Note 6, in force since February 1, 2014).

En vertu des art. 482 et 482.1 du Code criminel, la Cour du Banc de la Reine de l’Alberta établit les Règles de procédure en matière criminelle de la Cour du Banc de la Reine de l’Alberta.
Les nouvelles Règles remplacent les Criminal Proceeding Rules (Criminal Practice Note 6, en vigueur depuis le 1er février 2014).

Criminal Procedure Rules - Les règles de procédure en matière criminelle

On May 19, 2020, Rules 4.1 and 4.2 relating to electronic signatures and hearings were added to the Criminal Procedure Rules.  Click on this link to see details of the amendment.
 
Le 19 mai 2020, les règles 4.1 et 4.2 relatives aux signatures et audiences électroniques ont été ajoutées aux Règles de procédure en matière criminelle.  Cliquez sur ce lien pour voir les détails de la modification.

Criminal Law Steering Committee

The role of the Criminal Law Steering Committee is to advise the Executive Board on aspects of criminal law governance in the Court. The Criminal Law Steering Committee also promotes the Court’s relationship with Court Services, the Justice Ministry and members of the Bar with respect to criminal law administration and practice.

Criminal Law Announcements

COVID-19 Update - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Courtrooms
Oct 1, 2021, 00:00 AM
UPDATED: Extension of the Cap on Email Filing Fees To March 31, 2022
Sep 28, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19 - All Courts' Vaccination Policies and Access to Restricted Court Workspaces
Sep 21, 2021, 00:00 AM
SafeRoads Alberta Accelerated Review Procedure
Jul 9, 2021, 00:00 AM
COVID-19: Court Schedule for the Weeks of May 31, 2021 and Following
May 28, 2021, 00:00 AM
Email filing issues in Calgary
May 20, 2021, 00:00 AM
Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) Handbooks for Self-Represented Litigants
May 14, 2021, 00:00 AM
Upcoming Jury Selection Cancellations
May 13, 2021, 00:00 AM
Notice of Re-Election, Consent to Re-Elect - form / L'Avis de nouveau choix, le Consentement au nouveau choix - formule
May 12, 2021, 08:45 AM
COVID-19 - Increased Access to Remote and Desk Processes
May 11, 2021, 00:00 AM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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Notice to the Profession & Public - Inquiries about the Status of Reserved Decisions - 2020-07PDF160.46 KB02 Sep, 2020 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public 2019-06 - Criminal Code S. 525 Detention Review Process - New Forms CC4 and CC5PDF109.26 KB27 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Requests for Refund of Daily Trial FeesPDF119.51 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Assignment of Matters into Case Management: Calgary and Drumheller - 2018-06PDF87.77 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Notice of Language Rights in Criminal Proceedings/Les droits linguistique dans les instances criminelles - 2018-04PDF159.61 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - e-Notice of Restricted Access Applications - 2018-02PDF90.72 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Règles de procédure en matière criminelle - 2017-07PDF77.71 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Criminal Procedure Rules - 2017-07PDF93.52 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Summer Trial Sittings 2018 - 2017-05PDF89.36 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download
Notice to the Profession & Public - Charter Applications in Criminal Cases - 2017-01PDF99.29 KB10 Sep, 2019 Download