These FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers to questions about the Criminal Code of Canada. On this page you will find general information FAQs on the Code, shoplifting, and joyriding.
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These two online tutorials were created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. The first covers making a report to the police; what will they do; and what you may have to do. The second explains what else may happen for the accused.
If you have been charged with an offence, SLS's volunteer law student caseworkers are able to act as your agent (representative) in the Provincial Court of Alberta. SLS caseworkers act under the supervision of advising lawyers. The program can help low income Albertans SLS provides information on assault, impaired driving, driver's license suspenstion arrest warrants jaywalking tickets, traffice offences, pardons and criminal record suspension and more...
The Court of Queen's Bench is the Superior Trial Court for the Province, hearing trials in civil and criminal matters and appeals from decisions of the Provincial Court. The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Court of Queen's Bench are also judges of Surrogate Matters, which has jurisdiction over probate and administration of estate matters. This website provides access to the forms needed for the Court of Queen's Bench.
This Alberta government webpage provides information on recent changes to Alberta’s alcohol- and drug-impaired driving offences and sanctions to align with new federal drug laws are now in effect. Information covered includes:
- zero tolerance for cannabis or illegal drugs in the blood stream of GDL drivers, in addition to alcohol
- immediate 90-day licence suspension for impaired drivers, followed by participation in a one-year ignition interlock program
- blood-drug concentration limits and criminal penalities
A publication of Student Legal Services of Edmonton. It covers: What Does It Mean To Be "Stopped" vs "Detained" vs"Arrested"?, When Can Police Stop Me?, What Are My Rights If I Am Stopped By The Police?, When Could You Be Arrested, What Are My Rights If Arrested Or Detained By Police.
Chart describing criminal justice process for adults
This guide was devloped for frontline service providers in Alberta who work with vulneable individuals. It forms part of CPLEAs Accessing Justice Series and provides general legal information on Alberta law only. The booklet covers: police powers and responsibilities, going to court, outstanding charges, what to do if you miss a court date, alternative sentencing options, and record suspensions.
The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service prosecutes offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and provincial statutes in all courts in Alberta and is responsible for criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. They do not handle adult drug offences. Their site provides charts of the criminal justice process for adults and for youth and answers common questions about criminal prosecutions.