The Regional Municipality Of York

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Court Services saw 169,000-plus customers in 2017

York Region Court Services is the second largest operation in Ontario

Newmarket – Despite increasing volume The Regional Municipality of York continues to drive efficiency in the area of court operations, prosecutions and collections.

“York Region’s Court Services plays an important role in our communities,” said Chairman and CEO, Wayne Emmerson. “By enforcing Provincial legislation, Court Services plays a vital role in supporting important community safety initiatives across York Region.”

Additional highlights captured in the Court Services Annual 2017 Report include:

  • 169,000-plus customers served in-person or by telephone
  • 160,515-charges filed, a five per cent increase over 2016
  • 33,842-disclosure requests processed, representing an 8.5-per cent increase from 2016
  • 100,000-plus matters dealt with in trial courts

“2017 was an exceptionally busy year for York Region’s Court Services team with a 65-per cent increase in requests for trial, mainly due to the suspension of early resolution,” said Town of Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow, Chair of Finance and Administration. “Even as demands increase Court Services continues to provide timely, quality and cost-effective access to justice.”

Court Services is responsible for administering the Provincial Offences Act and providing two distinct functions – Court Administration and Prosecution. It provides service to the residents of York Region, the nine area municipalities, the Province of Ontario, the Judiciary and over 30 law enforcement and regulatory agencies operating within York Region. It operates six trial courtrooms and two intake courtrooms, located in two court locations Newmarket and Richmond Hill.

Common reasons York Region residents contact Court Services or attend trial is to resolve a ticket or provincial offence including speeding, careless driving, not wearing a seat belt, being intoxicated or selling alcohol to a minor, trespass to property, noise, zoning and non-smoking bylaws. Residents who receive a ticket must choose one of the three options listed on the back of their ticket within 15 days. For more information visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:  
Lauren Villani, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71207 or Cell: 905-251-6412

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