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Online services available while Courts remain closed

York Region’s Provincial Offences Courts will remain closed past Monday, July 6, 2020 but online services are available at york.ca/courts

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continuance of the provincial state of emergency, court operations continue to be limited. The Ontario Court of Justice will expand its operations, opening a number of courtrooms with increased health and safety measures to resume hearing additional family law matters, criminal trials and preliminary inquiries effective Monday, July 6, 2020. Provincial Offences Courts, including two in York Region, will remain closed until Friday, September 11, 2020.

Provincial Offences Courts handle matters related to Provincial Offences tickets, including traffic tickets.

Individuals with a scheduled trial will be sent a notice of a new court date by mail to the address on file and those summoned to appear in court for a provincial offence during the state of emergency do not need to attend as the matter will be rescheduled. If you have an appeal scheduled during the court closure, call 905-853-4801 for a new court date.

While York Region’s Court Services and Prosecution offices are closed, it is important to note outstanding Provincial Offences Act fines (commonly known as tickets) can still be paid during the closure. Outstanding fines can be paid online at paytickets.ca

Consequences of not paying your fine can include:

  • Paying additional court costs
  • Suspending your driver’s license
  • Inability to renew a driver’s license and license plate sticker
  • Notifying a credit reporting agency and listing fines to a collection agency
  • Garnishing wages
  • Adding fine amounts to property tax bills
  • Registering a lien against property

If you are having trouble navigating the process or can’t make your fine payment in full, visit york.ca/courts for assistance or call the Collections Team at 1-877-331-3309 ext. 73337.

Statutory timelines have been suspended under the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act until Friday, September 11, 2020 including time to exercise your options on the Offence Notice (ticket). For example, if you have received a traffic ticket, your 15 days to choose to enter a plea of guilty, enter a plea of guilty and submissions as to penalty or the trial option will be extended.

Applications for time extensions, re-openings, trial requests and serving an appeal are not being accepted at this time. However, if your driver’s license was suspended due to an overdue fine, you may request a time extension or re-opening by submitting an application to NewmarketPOA@york.ca or RichmondHillPOA@york.ca

The Region’s Prosecutors office continues to accept disclosure requests and Charter applications through 4960disclosure@york.ca (Newmarket) or 4961disclosure@york.ca (Richmond Hill).

To stay up to date and for more information regarding Court Services, visit york.ca/courts



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