Overview

To file an appeal at the Court of Appeal, the person filing the appeal, known as the appellant, must use one of the following methods to get an appeal record:

  • create the record on their own
  • have the record created through either:
    • Transcript Management Services – an Alberta government office
    • a commercial preparer

Follow the steps below to get an appeal record.

You create the record

Step 1. Order a transcript

You will need to order a transcript of the original court hearing.

Step 2. File your transcript (optional)

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

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

Step 3. Gather your documents

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

Step 4. Finish your appeal record

To learn about the requirements for your appeal record – including the other documents that must go with it – review this information:

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

Alberta government creates the record

Step 1. Fill out the form

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Request for Appeal Record (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Step 2. Provide your documents

Provide Transcript Management Services – by email or mail – with copies of your:

  • Request for Appeal Record form
  • filed Notice of Appeal
  • list of contents (for Civil cases)
  • other filed documents that you must include with your appeal record:

Contact

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

Email: tms.calgary@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Step 3. Pay for your appeal record

Transcript Management Services will charge you these rates:

Service Rate
transcript $0.0040 per character
documents $2 per page
copy rate $0.40 per page

Transcript Management Services accepts these forms of payment:

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

GST isn’t charged.

Step 4. Get your appeal record

The type of your appeal will determine how long it takes Transcript Management Services to prepare your appeal record:

  • conviction appeal or sentence appeal: up to 6 weeks
  • sentence appeal (sentence of 6 months or less): up to 4 weeks
  • standard appeal: up to 8 weeks
  • 'fast track' appeal: up to 3 weeks

For your appeal record, Transcript Management Services will prepare the necessary number of copies that you, the other respondent(s) and the court need.

If an electronic copy of your transcript is available, Transcript Management Services will send a copy of it to the court.

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

Commercial preparer creates the record

Step 1. Fill out the form

The commercial preparer will fill out this form for you:

Request for Appeal Record (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Step 2. Provide your documents

Provide the commercial preparer with copies of your:

Step 3. Pay for your appeal record

The commercial preparer will charge you a fee to prepare your appeal record.

Step 4. Get your appeal record

After you pay your fee, the commercial preparer will give you your appeal record.

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

Contact

If you have questions about getting an appeal record, contact:

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

Phone: 403-297-7392
Fax: 403-297-7034
Email: tms.calgary@gov.ab.ca
Hours: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

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