Overview

To file an appeal at the Court of Appeal, the person filing the appeal — called the appellant — must order and file the appeal record.

Get an appeal record in one of the following ways:

  • you create it on your own
  • Transcript Management Services (TMS) — a Government of Alberta service — creates it
  • you have a commercial preparer create it

Pick one of the methods below to create an appeal record, then follow the steps.

You create the appeal record

Step 1. Order transcripts online

All transcripts must be ordered online.

Go to the order a courtroom transcript web page to order the original court hearing transcript.

Step 2. File your electronic transcript (optional for fast track appeals)

After you’ve received your transcript, file an electronic copy with the Court of Appeal.

If it is a fast track appeal, you don’t need to follow this step.

Step 3. Gather your documents

Civil appeals and criminal appeals need different documents. The Alberta Rules of Court lists the documents for different appeals.

Alberta Rules of Court – Civil appeal documents

For civil appeals, find out which documents you must include with your appeal record in the Alberta Rules of Court: Sections 14.18 to 14.20 (PDF, 33 KB).

Alberta Rules of Court – Criminal appeal documents

For criminal appeals, find out which documents you must include with your appeal record in the Alberta Rules of Court: Sections 16.13 to 16.14 (PDF, 191 KB).

Step 4. Finish your appeal record

An appeal record for civil matters and an appeal record for criminal matters are different.

Read the appeal record requirements to find out how to correctly prepare the appeal record for your situation.

Also, it is important to know the Alberta Rules of Court for different appeal records:

Alberta Rules of Court – Civil appeal

For civil appeals, review important information about your appeal record in the Alberta Rules of Court: Sections 14.15 to 14.22 (PDF, 49 KB).

Alberta Rules of Court – Criminal appeal

For criminal appeals, review important information about your appeal record in the Alberta Rules of Court: Sections 16.12 to 16.15 (PDF, 196 KB).

Step 5. File and serve your documents

The appellant is responsible for:

  • filing all copies of the appeal record with the Registrar of the Court of Appeal
  • serving a copy of the appeal record to all other parties

See the deadlines for filing an appeal record.

TMS creates the appeal record

Transcript Management Services (TMS) is a Government of Alberta service. You provide TMS with your transcripts, then TMS creates an appeal record.

Step 1. Order transcripts online

All transcripts must be ordered online.

Go to the order a courtroom transcript web page to order the original court hearing transcript.

Remember to note the transcript order number(s). You will need the order number(s) in the next step for the Request for Appeal Record form.

If you have Legal Aid coverage

Refer to the NOTICE on page 2 of the Request for Appeal Record form. You do not have to do step 1 to order transcripts online if:

  1. You have a Legal Aid certificate.
  2. You wish TMS to bill Legal Aid directly for the cost of transcripts and preparation of the appeal record.

Step 2. Fill out the Request for Appeal Record form

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If you do not have Legal Aid coverage, you need the transcript order number(s) to complete the Request for Appeal Record form.

Download the Request for Appeal Record form (PDF, 1.5 MB).

Step 3. Provide your documents

Refer to the NOTICE on page 2 of the Request for Appeal Record form.

Send an email to TMS at tms.calgary@gov.ab.ca with:

  • subject line: "Appeal Record Request – Appeal [appeal #]"
  • attachments:
    • the Request for Appeal Record form – if you do not have Legal Aid coverage, make sure to include the transcript order number(s) on the form
    • filed Notice of Appeal
    • civil cases only: list of contents
    • copies of documents that you must include with your appeal record according to the Alberta Rules of Court for:

If you do not have an email account, call TMS at 403-297-7392 to make different arrangements.

Step 4. Get and pay for your appeal record

TMS will prepare the necessary number of copies of your appeal record that you, the other respondent(s) and the Court of Appeal need.

If an electronic copy of your transcript is available, TMS will send a copy of it to the Court of Appeal.

When the appeal record is ready, TMS will contact you and:

  • tell you how to pay for it
  • tell you where to pick it up
  • provide an invoice, if required

If you make payment at a court location, make sure you have your TMS invoice – provided to you by TMS – if required. All court locations accept these payments:

  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express
  • direct debit
  • cash
  • money order or bank draft

There is no GST.

TMS accepts cheques from law firms.

Table 1. TMS rates to prepare an appeal record

Service Rate
Documents $2 per page
Copy rate $0.40 per page

Table 2. Preparation times for appeal records

Type of appeal Appeal record preparation time
Fast track appeal Up to 3 weeks
Sentence appeal – sentence of 6 months or less Up to 4 weeks
Sentence appeal Up to 6 weeks
Conviction appeal Up to 6 weeks
Standard appeal Up to 8 weeks

Step 5. File and serve your appeal record

The appellant is responsible for:

  • filing all copies of the appeal record with the Registrar of the Court of Appeal
  • serving a copy of the appeal record to all other parties

See the deadlines for filing an appeal record.

Commercial preparer creates the record

You may have a commercial preparer create your appeal record. A commercial preparer will charge a fee for their services.

Contact

Court of Appeal

Contact the Court of Appeal for questions about:

  • contents of the appeal record
  • Court of Appeal rules

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 855-738-4747
Email for Calgary appeals: Calgary.Registry@albertacourts.ca
Email for Edmonton appeals: Edmonton.Registry@albertacourts.ca

TMS

Contact TMS for questions about:

  • getting an appeal record from TMS
  • paying for your appeal record

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:00 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-297-7392
Email: tms.appeals@just.gov.ab.ca (preferred method of contact)

Mailing address

TMS has no public-facing counters.

Transcript Management Services
Suite 1901-N, Calgary Courts Centre
601 5 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 5P7