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Emergency Protection Order Process Update

Jan 18, 2024

Effective January 19, 2024 the Alberta Court of Justice Provincial Hearing Office will not initiate telephone Emergency Protection Order (EPO) Hearings with members of the public between 11:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.  An EPO Applicant who has not been contacted by 11:30 p.m. on the day their application was submitted will retain their position in the queue when hearings resume the following morning at 8 a.m. 

The Provincial Hearing Office will continue its practice of only accepting applications outside of regular business hours.  A member of the public wishing to apply for an Emergency Protection Order during Court Operating hours should do so in-person at their closest open courthouse, which can be found here:

The Provincial Hearing Office will continue to hear Emergency Protection Order applications made by peace officers or other individuals designated under s. 3 of the Protection Against Family Violence Regulations 24 hours a day.