Almost 200 Albertans who paid COVID ticket fines for violating public health orders during COVID might see their fines refunded following a court decision in July ruling that orders made by the chief medical officer of health were invalid and breached the Public Health Act.

The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) has said it would also be entering acquittals or stay of proceedings in 14 other outstanding COVID-related cases before the courts.

The ACPS told Postmedia in a written statement on Aug. 24 that it has concluded “there is no longer a reasonable likelihood of conviction in relation to Public Health Act charges involving the contravention of the disputed orders from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.”

“The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service may apply to the Court of King’s Bench for an order quashing the convictions on charges of contravening the COVID-related public health orders,” a spokesperson for the ACPS told the CBC on Aug. 28.

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