The Criminal trial court handles first appearances, entry of pleas, bail hearings, preliminary inquiries and the trials and sentencing of all summary convictions and the majority of Criminal Code indictable offences.
COURT STAFF CAN PROVIDE LEGAL INFORMATION. THEY CANNOT
PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. CONSULT A LAWYER FOR LEGAL ADVICE.
Following is a list of things that court services staff can and cannot do for you. Please read it carefully before asking for the assistance of court services staff.
WE CAN PROVIDE:
• Your court file (in most cases)
• General information about how the court works, court rules, and procedures
• Court forms (forms are not available for all legal proceedings)
• Answers to questions about how to fill out court forms
• Court schedules and information on how to get matters scheduled for Court
• Information about court fees.
• Guidance on how to calculate deadlines and due dates.
• The court file on a specific case (unless it is confidential) for you to review
• Provide an opinion on whether or not you should bring your case to court or take a particular course of action
• Fill out court forms for you or tell you what words to put in a form
• Speculate about what decision a judge might make or what sentence a judge might impose
• Give you advice on what to say in Court
• Talk to a judge for you or let you talk to a judge outside the courtroom
• Take sides in any case – court services staff must remain impartial
• Give information when we are unsure of the correct answer
FOR LEGAL ADVICE contact a lawyer. Lawyers’ services may be found in the yellow pages under “Lawyers”. Check your local listings for Alberta Legal Aid. Pre-recorded legal information may be obtained by calling 1-800-332-1091 at no charge.