What is a constitutional challenge to a law?

A constitutional challenge means a law is being challenged in court to see if it violates or is inconsistent with the Constitution of Canada, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A constitutional challenge requires 14 days advance written notice to the Attorney General for Alberta and the Attorney General for Canada.

The written notice must include:

  1. which law or section of the law is being challenged; and
  2. reasonable details of your argument

The address for the Attorney General of Alberta is:

Attorney General of Alberta
c/o Director
Constitutional and Aboriginal Law Section
4th Floor, Bowker Building
9833 - 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2E8

As of September 1, 1999, if you wish to raise the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Provincial Court of Alberta, you must give notice of your intentions under the Constitutional Notice Regulation. To locate the statutes and regulations, please see the question, "How do I find laws?"