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Traffic Court - 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 Traffic Court check out the following LawCentral topic pages and suggested resources listed below:

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Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.

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:

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

This information has been produced by the Edmonton Community Legal Centre. It discusses your appearance in Traffic Court.

Related legal topic(s): Courts and court judgments, Driving, Legal process, Self-representation

Traffic Court is part of the Provincial Court of Alberta. It deals with offences pursuant to many provincial statutes and regulations, municipal bylaws and a few specified federal statutes. In spite of its name, Traffic Court is not limited to only hearing traffic related offences. Traffic Court does not deal with most offences created by federal statutes such as the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Young persons aged 12-17 years of age who are charged with a Provincial offence are dealt with in the Youth Division of the Provincial Court of Alberta.  In some court locations there is a distinct Youth Traffic Court. Trials in Traffic Court, whether involving an adult or a young person, are usually heard by a Justice of the Peace. However in some locations trials are heard by a Judge of the Provincial Court.

Related legal topic(s): Courts and court judgments, Driving, Drugs and alcohol, Legal process

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

This Alberta government webpage provides information on the options available to pay traffic fines and overdue Criminal Code fines, traffic tickets and bail forfeitures enforcement.

Related legal topic(s): Driving

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

This webpage provides general legal intormation on the types of traffic tickets that you may receive for a traffic offence. Traffic tickets include:

  • Traffic tags
  • Traffic tickets with a specified penalty amount
  • Multi-Nova speeding tickets
  • Traffic summons where you must appear in Court
Related legal topic(s): Driving


This information on impaired driving laws in Canada is prepared by Canada Dept. of Justice. It covers:

  • Drug-impaired driving and
  • Alcohol-impaired driving

It is important to note that provinces and territories have additional laws or regulations that may apply. Make sure to check the laws in your area. Please visit Canada’s impaired driving webpage for statistics, research, and more information on the dangers of driving while impaired.

Related legal topic(s): Driving, Drugs and alcohol