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

Alberta Courts Notice to the Profession & Public : Restricted Access to Courthouses
Nov 27, 2020, 14:00 PM
COVID-19: Changes to the Court Schedule for the Week of November 30, 2020
Nov 27, 2020, 00:00 AM
Jury Selection - COVID-19 Exemptions
Nov 25, 2020, 00:00 AM
Trial and Full Day Special Booking - Spring 2021 Term
Oct 1, 2020, 15:00 PM
News Release - Jury Trials Resumption
Sep 10, 2020, 13:00 PM
Fall In-person and Remote Hearings
Sep 10, 2020, 10:00 AM
Notice to the Profession & Public: Inquiries about the Status of Reserved Decisions
Sep 2, 2020, 00:00 AM
Offsite Criminal Jury Selections and Trials
Aug 20, 2020, 12:30 PM
Instructions and Etiquette Guide for Online Hearings for Counsel, Parties, Media and the Public
Aug 20, 2020, 00:00 AM
Resumption of Criminal Jury Selections and Criminal Jury Trials - September 8, 2020
Aug 6, 2020, 16:00 PM

Notices to the Profession & Public

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