Criminal Matters - Resources for Self Represented LItigants

Being a self represented litigant means that you do not have a lawyer and are choosing to represent yourself in a legal proceeding. LawCentraAlberta provides links to basic information resources that may be of assistance to you,  as well as those listed in the other Preparing for Court sections (see the menu on the left).

To get started and learn more about criminal law resources for self represented litigants check out the following LawCentral topic pages and suggested resources listed below:


CPLEA Suggested Resources

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Alberta Resources

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:

See also: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/impaireddriving.htm

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Criminal law general resources, Driving, Drugs and alcohol, Transportation

The Provincial Court of Alberta is primarily the point of first entry into the justice system. The Provincial Court hears most of the criminal and civil cases in Alberta. All criminal cases start in Provincial Court, and 95% conclude there. Most civil cases also take place in Provincial Court. For example, cases involving landlord and tenant, most other claims involving less than $50,000 and many traffic, regulatory and bylaw enforcement hearings take place here. A majority of family law cases and child welfare cases are also heard by the Provincial Court.

This website contains forms that are available for use by the Bar and other members of the public, as well as notices governing practices or procedures within the different regions or divisions of the Provincial Court.

Related legal topic(s): Civil law, Courts and court judgments, Legal process

This booklet provides information on the rules and regulations enacted by cities and provincial law with regard to tickets and fines.

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Driving, Municipal information and bylaws

Chart describing criminal justice process for adults

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process

A publication of Student Legal Services of Alberta. It covers: basic definitions, licence rules, ways a licence can be suspended, and how to appeal a suspension / disqualification or Criminal Code offence conviction.

Related legal topic(s): Driving

When a person decides to enter a guilty plea there are a number of steps that he or she can take to hopefully receive a less harsh sentence. This pamphlet outlines some of these steps, as well as present some of the different types of sentences that a guilty person may face. It covers: court procedures, speaking to sentence, types of sentences and pre-sentence reports.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process, Self-representation

This online publication is from the Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: Impaired Driving, “Over 80", And Refusal; A Person’s Right To Contact A Lawyer Or To Be Informed Of That Right; Penalties For Impaired Related Offences; Licence Suspensions; The Ignition Interlock Program. This resource is also available for download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Driving

This booklet outlines some basic information you must be aware of if you plead not guilty to an offence and are planning to represent yourself without a lawyer at your trial. It also provides some advice on how to find a lawyer. The booklet explains what happens during the criminal trial process. The information will help you prepare for your trial if you don’t have a lawyer. If you choose to represent yourself, you are still subject to the law, including rules of procedure and the laws of evidence.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process, Self-representation

The Provincial Court Court Criminal Clerks are able to assist in providing information for Provincial Court Criminal matters regarding judicial procedures, court appearance, trial dates, adjournments, outstanding warrants, summonses, subpeonas, witness fees, and payment of fines. They do not provide legal advice or handle traffic matters.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process

Produced by Student Legal Services of Edmonton. Includes information about: The Case Is Called; The Trial Begins; The Exclusion Order; The Crown's Case; The Defence’s Case; Submissions; Decision; Vocabulary. This resource is also available to download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process, Self-representation

Representing yourself in court is a daunting task. This issue of LawNow offers some suggestions for success.

Related legal topic(s): Self-representation, Small claims court, Taxation

This online tutorial created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta provides information about the structure of a trial after making a criminal complaint.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process

Legal education publications on this site cover the following topics: assault, parole, possession of controlled drugs and substance, criminal trials, driver's license suspensions, guilty pleas and sentencing, and impaired driving.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources

This online tutorial created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta  explains what it's like in a criminal courtroom. There are often many people in a courtroom. Knowing who is who, what each person's role is, and what is expected of you as a witness should help you understand what is going on around you.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Legal process, Self-representation

This booklet from Alberta Justice provides general information about proceedings in Traffic Court. Contents include: You Have Been Charged with An offence. Now What?; Do You Need an Interpreter?; Lawyers and Agents; How do You Get A Lawyer or an Agent?; Legal Aid; Alberta Law Line; Other Services; Your First Court Appearance; If You Plead Not Guilty; If You are Thinking of Pleading Guilty; Where and When will the Trial be?; Getting Ready for Trial when You Have Plead Not Guilty; What Happens at Trial?; Sentencing; and Victims of Crime Surcharge on Offenders.(PDF - 16 pages)

Related legal topic(s): Driving, Legal process

You have been charged with a traffic offense. Now what? This Student Legal Services booklet answers this question and more.
Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Driving

If you can’t afford to pay the filing fees for court, you can make an application at a Court Registry office to find out whether or not you qualify to have the filing fee waived. Learn if you qualify to have filing fees waived and how to apply here.

Related legal topic(s): Legal process, Self-representation

This online publication is provided by the Government of Alberta and is divided into sections including: You've been charged... now what?; Duty Counsel; If you don't have a lawyer; How do you get a lawyer?; Legal Aid; Other Services; Where will the trial be?; Pleading guilty; Getting ready for trial when you have pled not guilty; What happens in court?; and Sentencing.

Related legal topic(s): Arrest, Criminal law general resources, Legal process, Self-representation

Canada/Federal

The Criminal Code of Canada (C-46) provided by the Department of Justice Canada. This Act is also available to download as a PDF.

Related legal topic(s): Crimes and offences, Legislative materials

This website section from the RCMP explains the process for getting a criminal record check. You may need a criminal record check for various purposes, including: employment, adoption, international travel, volunteer work, citizenship, name change, student placement or to obtain a record suspension (formerly pardon).

Related legal topic(s): Criminal records and record suspensions

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