City of Saskatoon temporarily closing bylaw court as COVID-19 precaution
City bylaw matters for the court are being suspended from from Dec. 14 until Jan. 15
The City of Saskatoon is temporarily closing its bylaw court, according to a news release sent by the city on Friday.
It's in response to the increased cases of COVID-19 in the province, along with guidance from Dr. Saqib Shahab, the province's chief medical health officer.
All city bylaw matters for the court are being temporarily suspended from Dec. 14 until Jan. 15.
Defendants don't need to do anything at this time, the release says, and no convictions will happen while the bylaw court is closed.
The city said it will share more information about rescheduled dates for matters currently before the court.
Updates are going to be provided on the city's website and the Saskatoon police website.
Provincial courts across Saskatchewan are also suspending majority of operations from Dec. 14 until at least Jan. 16 because of concerns over COVID-19.
All criminal trials and preliminary hearings that were scheduled during that period will not proceed on the days originally set. The matters will instead be spoken to by telephone.
All lawyers, including prosecutors, are to appear by telephone. Up until now, prosecutors have handled matters in docket court with their counterparts on the phone.
Accused people who are not in custody will be expected to provide deputy sheriffs with phone numbers so they can call for their appearance. If they do not answer their phone a warrant will be issued for their arrest, the letter said.
With files from Dan Zakreski