Jury selection and jury trials, paused since the March 15, 2020, suspension of regular Court operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to resume in off-site locations throughout the province, with the first jury selections having been conducted this morning in Edmonton for jury trials commencing on September 14, 2020. The first scheduled jury trial in Calgary is slated to start on September 28, 2020.
As announced earlier, public health guidelines, including physical distancing requirements, mandated criminal jury selections and trials must occur at facilities outside of existing courthouses.
This is consistent with the recommendations of the Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19, available at the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs website.
Jury summonses have already been issued in some jurisdictions, accompanied by a “Juror Summons and COVID-19 Information” pamphlet providing additional information about the precautions that are being implemented to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19.