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.
These handbooks developed by the Canadian Judicial Council are intended as helpful guides for people who are navigating the justice system without a lawyer to prepare and present their legal case. The Council has created three handbooks that contain a wealth of information on family law, civil law and criminal law in Canada. The information is provided in an easy to understand format, with various worksheets, useful tips, explanations of legal terms and concrete examples to guide litigants throughout the legal process.
To view the handbooks, click on the links below:
To view all resources of the Canadian Judicial Council see: https://cjc-ccm.ca/en/resources-centre
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...
This Student Legal Services of Edmonton pamphlet provides information about the entire provincial criminal court process, from arrest to resolution. The pamphlet is a step-by-step guide outlining your rights and responsibilities when you have been charged with a criminal offence that proceeds in provincial court. It also translates “legalese” that you are likely to encounter through the process.
The Court of King'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 King'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 King'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