In-person court resumes in Slave Lake, Wabasca-Desmarais, and Red Earth Creek

Leader staff

Court will once again be physically in Slave Lake, Wabasca-Desmarais, and Red Earth Creek. This is after several months of being held remotely in High Prairie. This is for all court matters: criminal, youth, family and child protection, civil claims, and traffic. It includes dockets and trials. Docket is a combination of criminal, youth, and traffic claims.

Over the last few months, many warrants have been issued for people who did not contact the court. Anyone who had a court date between March and the present time, should contact the courthouse to find out their next date.

There may be changes to the physical layout of the courtroom to allow for physical distancing. There also rules about masks, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning.

“Dockets will run at circuit points, but participants are encouraged to appear remotely with the assistance of duty council wherever possible, using the existing out of custody remote docket protocol” says the Northern Region Court Resumption Protocol – Part 3 letter. This applies to all matters. “All participants, including counsel, witnesses, and accused persons, are encouraged to contact the base point associated with their circuit point in advance of their scheduled appearance date to confirm that the circuit point is open and operational as intended.”

The base point for all three courts is High Prairie Provincial Courthouse 780-523-6600.

As of September 2, the High Prairie Courthouse confirmed that Slave Lake, Wabasca-Desmarais, and Red Earth Creek courthouses were scheduled to open on September 8.

The remote docket protocol says, people without lawyers are expected to address the matter by phone or email. Up to the day before docket or trial, the accused can contact duty counsel at 1-855-670-6149 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and noon. On the day, people should contact the base point or local courthouse.

People with symptoms of COVID-19, who have travelled or been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend court in-person.

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