Criminal Procedure

In this guide, you will find information, resources and links about Criminal Procedure. This includes some of the following subjects:

  1. Jurisdiction
  2. Search & Seizure
  3. Apprehension, Bail and Compelling Appearance
  4. Pleas
  5. Pre-trial and Trial Procedure
  6. Convictions
  7. Appeals
  8. Extraordinary Remedies



Last revised June 20, 2024

Forms and Precedents

Last revised Apr. 25, 2024

Case Law

For more information on finding cases see our research guide: Finding and Researching Cases.



Alberta Judgments

A collection of the judgments of the Alberta Courts is available from CanLII. The official version of the reasons for judgment is the signed original or handwritten endorsement in the court file. If there is a question about the content of a judgment, the original court file takes precedence.

Case Digests

The Canadian Abridgment available on: Westlaw Canada. All Canadian Summaries, Canadian Case Summaries and Canada Digest are available on: LexisAdvance® Quicklaw®




Additional full-text articles are available electronically through:


Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

Available electronically through: Westlaw Canada

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

This encyclopedia explains the procedural rules that support the implementation and enforcement of criminal law, allowing you to quickly locate, contextualize and apply the basic elements of the law. Titles related to Criminal Procedure include:

Additional information may be found under other topical headings.

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