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Alberta courthouses preparing for disruptions as COVID-19 spreads

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Alberta courthouses are preparing for disruptions with the number of COVID-19 cases expected to grow.

The Court of Queen’s Bench says members of the public should avoid attending court proceedings if they are sick.

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Lawyers are encouraged to stay in touch with clients and witnesses to make sure they are well enough to come to court.

Anyone who is ill, in self-isolation or quarantine may be able to take part in court hearings by telephone.

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Jury selections and jury trials are going ahead as scheduled, but anyone who is ill, in self-isolation or quarantine should contact Resolution and Court Administration Services.

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The court says it will update its website as soon as possible if it needs to reduce operations.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Alberta had 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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