Alberta restricts access to courthouses to reduce spread of COVID-19

Effective March 30, Alberta Courts are tightening restrictions around who can and cannot enter courthouses in order to protect workers and limit the spread of COVID-19.

In a notice to the public and the legal profession March 27, Alberta courts said they’re trying to “balance the open court principle with public health priorities.”

Courts need to take “proactive preventative measures to protect justice system participants and reduce the spread,” the notice reads.

Lawyers are being urged to use expanded access to email and fax filing. Lawyers, court runners and litigants are asked to use “dropboxes or other available alternative forms of filing.”

The restrictions apply to all courthouses in Alberta.

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