COVID-19 surge slams brakes on in-person traffic courts hit with ticket backlogs

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Spiking COVID-19 numbers have forced traffic court cases to be detoured away from in-person appearances in a system hit with a nearly four-month ticket backlog.

For safety purposes, court proceedings are being conducted by email, regular mail or phone, say officials with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.

Fines can be paid at Alberta Services.

In-person traffic court functions were suspended March 16, with online services beginning July 6.

“There’s a big backlog, they’re working through it,” said Olav Rokne, spokesman for the office of the chief judge.

He didn’t have figures on the scope of the backlog or how long it would take to eliminate it.

Thursday’s announcement was due to considerable numbers of people showing up at court houses to deal with their tickets in-person, said Rokne.

“It’s a bit of a problem, it’s creating stress for the potential of (infectious) spread,” he said.

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