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DO NOT ATTEND COURT

All in-person Provincial Offences Act court matters, including trials scheduled from Monday March 16, through Monday, January 25, 2021 are adjourned until further notice and will be rescheduled.

COVID-19 Courthouse Screening

Answer the following questions before you enter a Provincial courthouse.



COVID-19 and the Courthouse

What can I expect when I visit the courthouse?

Health and safety in the provincial courthouse is a top priority and additional measures are in place for everyone’s protection, including:

  • Screening
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Protective barriers
  • Physical distancing reminders to stay 2 metres apart
  • The requirement of all to wear a face covering, with exceptions

Please note courthouse drinking fountains are not available so bring your own water if needed.

Enhanced cleaning

In addition to our regular cleaning practices, high-touch areas will be cleaned with Health Canada-approved disinfectants multiple times a day, including:

  • Light switches and power outlets
  • Handrails
  • Entrance areas
  • Paper towel and toilet paper dispensers
  • Door knobs, handles and plates
  • Sinks and faucets
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Public service counters

Hand sanitizer stations

Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout the building. You are encouraged to use them if you cannot wash your hands with soap and water.

Barriers

Protective barriers are installed at public counters, in interview rooms and intake offices to protect employees and the public.

Within the courtrooms, they are installed where the justice of the peace sits, around the witness stand, court personnel workstations and at the prosecution and defense tables.

Physical distancing

While in the courthouse, you will be encouraged to remain 2 metres from others. Visual reminders include signs, floor stickers indicating where to stand while in line and in waiting areas, arrows indicating which direction to walk and designated seating.

What health and safety protocols are in place at the courthouse?

As the courts resume services, a number of new health and safety protocols have been implemented to keep the public and staff safe from the risk of COVID-19 including:

  • Screening prior to entry
  • Protective barriers at public counters
  • Hand sanitizer stations located throughout the building
  • Physical distancing reminders such as signs and floor markings
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Limitations on the number of people attending  

Any individual entering the facility, including staff and members of the public, are required to wear a face mask or covering unless he or she is exempt.

Is COVID-19 screening required to enter the courthouse?

You will need to answer screening questions before you enter the York Region Provincial Offences courthouse. Your result will determine if you can or cannot enter, and what to do next.

You can complete the online screening before going to the courthouse by visiting covid-19.ontario.ca/courthouse-screening and will be asked to show the result at the building entrance.

If you cannot complete the screening online, alternative screening options are available when you arrive at the courthouse.

To support physical distancing, we ask that you attend alone. 

Should you require accommodation for a special need, please contact the York Region Courts Accessibility Coordinator at 1-877-331-3309 prior your courthouse visit

Staff will tell you about the safety measures in place and ask you to follow them while inside the court. You will be asked if a public health official or doctor has told you to self-isolate or if you have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

All visitors are required to wear a face covering at the courthouse, with exceptions.

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Ticket or Summons Options

Waiting to address your Provincial Offences ticket until the December 1, 2020 deadline could cost you.



The situation

What you need to do before
December 1, 2020

Penalty if no action is taken

You received an Offence Notice (ticket) after March 16, 2020 and have not selected one of the options listed on the back of the ticket.

Pay the total payable fine amount listed on the ticket or request a trial by emailing a scan or photo of the completed Option 3 portion on the back of your ticket.

Note: Option 2, a walk-in guilty plea, is currently unavailable.           
You may be convicted of the charge and additional fees may be added on top of the set fine.           
You have been convicted without a hearing on or after March 1, 2020 and want it to be reconsidered.
Complete a re-opening application and submit it.
You will be required to comply with the sentence.
You have been convicted at trial on or after February 17, 2020 and want to appeal.
Complete a Notice of Appeal,serve and file it.
You will be required to comply with the sentence.
You have been convicted and have not paid your fine.           
Pay your court-ordered fine in full.           
Additional fees will be added to your outstanding fine and collections enforcement will begin.

What am I charged with and what are my options?

Your offence notice (also known as a “ticket”) or summons sets out the offence with which you are charged. Look at the top of the document that the enforcement officer served you. Does it say Offence Notice, Red Light Camera System Offence Notice or Summons?


What are my options if I receive an Offence Notice (commonly called a ticket)?

If you receive a ticket, you must choose one of the three options listed on the back of your ticket within 15 days. If you fail to respond to the charge, you may be convicted. Upon conviction, additional costs will be applied.

Option 1. Plea of Guilty - Payment of total fine

By choosing this option, you are admitting that you are guilty and you must pay the total payable at the bottom of your ticket. You can pay the fine online, by mail or in person at any Provincial Offences Court location. Cheques should be made payable to the Regional Municipality of York.

Option 2. Plea of Guilty- Submission as to Penalty

Go to the court office shown on the ticket to plead guilty before a Justice of the Peace. You can ask the Justice of the Peace for a lower fine or time to pay. It will be up to the Justice to decide if they will impose a lower fine or give you more time to pay. This process is done in person. You cannot speak to the Justice of the Peace by telephone. Please call the court office ahead of time to ensure judicial availability.

It is important to understand that a Justice of the Peace cannot remove or reduce demerit points and cannot reduce the charge. Demerit points are applied by the Ministry of Transportation upon conviction and the court cannot change the demerit points to be applied. More information on the demerit point system can be obtained from Ministry of Transportation.

Option 3. Trial Option (Not Guilty)

If you believe you are not guilty of the charge noted on your ticket, you must sign the back of your ticket under option 3 and mail or deliver it in person to the address on the ticket. Make sure to keep a copy of your ticket for your records. You will be notified of your upcoming trial date by mail. Notify the court office of any change in address so that your trial notice goes to the proper address. If you do not receive a notice of trial in 5 to 6 weeks, contact the court office to confirm the status.

Statutory timelines have been extended, including time to exercise your options on the Offence Notice (ticket).

If you have received a traffic offence ticket, please note Option 2 on the back of the ticket pleading guilty before a Justice of the Peace is not available at this time.


Can I get more advice on which option to choose?

Court administration staff cannot provide legal advice on how you should proceed. If you are unable to make a choice from the three options listed, you may wish to get advice from a lawyer or licensed paralegal.


How many demerit points will I receive if I am convicted of this charge?

Visit the Ministry of Transportation's website for more information on demerit points. Driving-related demerit points are automatically imposed by law if you are found guilty of certain driving offences. The Justice of the Peace cannot remove or reduce demerit points.


What happens if I do not choose an option and do nothing?

Offence Notice

The ticket will be reviewed by a Justice of the Peace who may convict you in your absence. Additional charges will be applied if convicted. Once you have been convicted it is too late to choose any of the options indicated on the back of your ticket.

Summons

If you get a summons, you or someone on your behalf must attend court at the time and place shown on the summons. If you or someone on your behalf does not attend the scheduled court date, it is your responsibility to find out from the court office what happened, including whether a trial date was set and for what date.

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Ticket Payment

How do I pay my ticket?

Online payment

Pay online using Visa or MasterCard.

  • There is an additional fee of $3.00 when paying online
  • Please note that not all parking tickets can be paid online


In Person Payment

Visit either of York Region's two Provincial Offences Court locations or any Provincial Offences Court in Ontario to pay in person.

Until further notice, Provincial Offences Act fines may be paid using the following methods:

  • Cheque
  • Debit
  • Visa
  • Mastercard

Cash and American Express are not accepted at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Mail Payment

Accepted payment methods are Visa, MasterCard, Money Order or Cheque.

To pay by credit card, please fill out the Pre-Authorized Payment Form and return by mail or fax to the appropriate court location.

If the location code is 4960, mail your ticket and payment to the Newmarket location.

If the location code of 4961, mail your ticket and payment to the Richmond Hill location.


Why are there two amounts on my ticket?

One amount is the set fine and the other is your total payable amount. You are responsible for the total payable amount. The total payable is the set fine plus costs and the applicable Victim Fine Surcharge. Costs and Victim Fine Surcharge are automatically imposed under the Provincial Offences Act. All funds from the surcharge go into a Victim Justice Fund and are used to maintain assistance programs for victims of crime. For more information please visit the Ministry of the Attorney General.


What if I need more time to pay a Provincial Offence fine?

If you need more time to pay your court ordered fine, obtain a Motion for Extension of Time to Pay the Fine form online or from any Provincial Offences Court office. Mail or fax the completed form to the court office noted on your ticket. The form will be submitted to a Justice of the Peace. It is your responsibility to contact the court office within two weeks to obtain the decision of the court.


What happens if I don’t pay my fine?

One or more of the following could occur:

  • Additional court and administrative costs
  • Collection enforcement
  • Licence suspension
  • Plate denial
  • Involvement by third party collection agencies
  • Credit bureau may be notified and your credit may be impacted

How do I pay my defaulted fines?

A defaulted fine is a fine that has not been paid by its due date as indicated in the Notice of Fine and Due Date. Please use one of the methods above for payment.


My driver’s licence is suspended due to unpaid fines. What should I do now?

Contact your local Provincial Offences Court office either in person or by telephone so that the staff can help you. Subject to the type and age of your outstanding fine, you will be directed to either pay at ServiceOntario with the option to activate you driver’s licence the same day if there are no other outstanding requirements or restrictions, or pay at the courthouse. If you have fines prior to May 1, 2010, you are required to make payment at any Provincial Offences Court. It will take approximately three to five business days for your licence to be reinstated if you pay at the courthouse.

Note: Visit the Ministry of Transportation's website for more information on suspended licences. Other outstanding matters may result in your licence remaining suspended.


I have very old fines. Do I still have to pay them?

Yes, fines are court orders and remain owing until paid. There is no statute of limitations when it comes to outstanding fines. At any time the court may apply enforcement actions (i.e. licence suspension, garnishment of wages etc.). Even if you claim bankruptcy, your fines are still owed.



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Court Accessibility Coordinators

York Region Court Accessibility Coordinators are responsible for responding to accommodation and accessibility needs in each court house, to ensure people with all abilities have equal access to justice.

The Court Accessibility Coordinator is your first point-of-contact who will work with you to determine the type of disability-related assistance or accommodation available to you.

Accommodation services include:

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Visual language interpretation such as American Sign Language
  • Real-time captioning or Communication-Access Real Time
  • Scheduling of meetings or proceedings in rooms that can accommodate your disability
  • Communication support for people who have difficulty speaking and use alternate ways of communicating
  • Accessible or alternative formats of documents, such as large print
  • Service animals in all parts of our premises that are open to the public
  • Disability-related support person may be used, however the support person may be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and the role of the support person may need to be agreed to in advance of the meeting or court proceeding

These are examples only and may not be suitable in all cases. Staff will work with you to determine the most appropriate accommodation.

Please note, for court proceedings, a judicial official may need to approve the use of some types of assistive devices and technologies, and the role of a support person. The courthouse Accessibility Coordinator can provide information about how to make a request to a judicial official.

Court staff and the courthouse Accessibility Coordinators cannot provide legal advice, including advice on legal procedures to any member of the public or any party (including people with disabilities) in a legal proceeding.

If you are going to court, contact a York Region Court Accessibility Coordinator at 1-877-331-3309 or accessibility coordinator. Please provide as much advance notice as possible.

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Parking Tickets

If you have received a Parking Infraction Notice, also called a parking ticket, you have the option to pay the fine or dispute the ticket within 15 days of receiving the ticket. Please select the municipality below noted on the back of your ticket for additional information.

*If you have received a Notice of Fine and Due Date from Aurora, East Gwillimbury, King or Whitchurch-Stouffville municipalities as noted above, you can pay the parking fines at any provincial court office.
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Remote Telephone Hearing Guidelines

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, York Region Provincial Offences Court is holding some court proceedings by audioconference (telephone), DO NOT ATTEND COURT IN PERSON. To ensure participation in remote hearings is as effective as possible, participants should use the following guidelines and note that the directions of the presiding judicial official should always be followed.


How to prepare for your audio remote hearing

Call at your scheduled time

There are multiple court sessions taking place each day so do not call early. It is important that you call in to your hearing at the time specified on your notice.

Join by telephone

Using a land line is more reliable than a cell phone. If you do not have a land line, then ensure you have good reception for the phone hearing. Do not use the speaker phone function.

Find a quiet and private space for your court audio hearing

You will need to be able to hear and concentrate with limited distractions. It is ideal to use a headset to reduce background noise. Do not call in to your remote hearing while driving.

Charge your phone

Make sure your phone is fully charged or connected to a power source to avoid running out of battery during the audio hearing.

Interpreter

If you require an interpreter, please contact the courthouse before your appearance at 1-877-331-3309.

Use a pen and paper

You may want to take notes with a pen and paper. Please avoid shuffling papers during your hearing as the sound can be distracting.


What to expect during your audio remote hearing

When you first connect to the call

The Court may have multiple cases scheduled at the same time. The court reporter will do a roll call at the beginning of the hearing to identify each participant. When you hear your name called, please respond.

Mute your microphone

Unless you are addressing the Justice of the Peace or have been asked to speak, please mute your microphone. Do not put the call on hold.

Wait for your case to be called

Please be patient and wait until the Court is ready to address your case. Remember to mute when you are finished speaking.

Say your name when speaking

Please say your first and last name every time you speak. Speak clearly and slowly to ensure everyone can hear you. Please do not talk at the same time as or interrupt others.Remember to mute when you are finished speaking.

How to address the Justice of the Peace

The Justice of the Peace should always be addressed as “Your Worship”.

Getting disconnected from the hearing

Should you lose connection to the hearing, you should immediately try to rejoin by following the instructions above. Keep the joining instructions (meeting information and passcodes) nearby so that you know where to find them should you be disconnected.

What happens if you do not attend the audio remote hearing?

If you do not attend your audio remote guilty plea hearing, a Notice of Trial will be mailed to your last known address.

Do not record the session

You are not permitted to record any portion of a remote proceeding, as it is prohibited under section 136 of the Ontario Courts of Justice Act, unless permitted by the Justice of the Peace. The attached link ontario.ca/laws/statute/90c43 sets out the legislation that includes section 136 that makes it an offence to record a proceeding.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please visit york.ca/courts or call us at 1-877-331-3309, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Notices and information about the Ontario Court of Justice’s COVID-19 response is available at ontariocourts.ca/ocj/covid-19/


What do I do if I receive a fine?

If you receive a fine ordered by the Court, you are responsible to pay the fine in full, including the added Victim Fine Surcharge and court costs, within the time period indicated by the Justice of the Peace.


Can the public and media attend these hearings?

Please note that in-person court appearances will not resume until January 25, 2021 at the earliest.

The public and the media are welcome to attend remote court proceedings, however limitations may apply due to court orders, legislative provisions and technological limitations.

Members of the public and media representatives should take note of the following:

  • Attendance and conditions of attendance remain subject to any judicial direction or order
  • Remote access to court proceedings will presumptively be by audio only
  • Section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act makes it an offence to take a photograph, or make a video or audio recording, of a court proceeding, unless prior judicial authorization has been granted
  • Audio recording of proceedings is permitted by counsel, paralegals licensed by the Law Society of Ontario, court staff, members of the public, media, and litigants provided it is done solely for note-taking purposes and the presiding judicial officer has been advised before the recording commences. These audio recordings cannot be transmitted as stated in the Court’s Protocol Regarding the Use of Electronic Communication Devices in Court Proceedings
  • You must be connected to the hearing not later than 5 minutes prior to the commencement of the proceeding in order to minimize disruption and must remain muted during the proceedings.
  • Call-in information for a proceeding is to be used only for the purpose of access to the requested proceeding

To request information for remote hearing access, please contact NewmarketPOA@york.ca using the subject line, “Hearing Access Request” and identifying the case you want to attend, include your name and any audio recording requests.

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Trials

If you have a trial scheduled, a notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court. If you were summoned to appear in court for a provincial offence, you do not need to attend, as the matter will be rescheduled.


If I want to represent myself at trial, what is the trial process?

The Ontario Court of Justice has developed a Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases. The Guide provides defendants with general information about the court process for Provincial Offences cases. It does not cover every circumstance that might arise in your case.

On your trial date, you may be asked by the Justice of the Peace whether you have sought independent legal advice, whether you have requested disclosure, and whether you understand the trial process.

Please arrive at least 15-30 minutes before your scheduled trial time so that you can meet with the prosecutor to discuss your case.

To speak with a prosecutor, email request to summonsne@york.ca (Newmarket) or summonsrh@york.ca (Richmond Hill)

Completed trial request forms can be submitted by mail or email to NewmarketPOA@york.caor RichmondHillPOA@york.ca


What happens if I am found guilty?

A conviction will be registered with the Court and you will be sentenced. Your sentence could include a fine, probation, court order, licence suspension, imprisonment or any combination thereof.


If I am found guilty, will I receive any notification in the mail?

You should receive a document entitled "Notice of Fine and Due Date". However, if you do not receive this document, you are still responsible to pay the fine within the time period granted by the Justice of the Peace.


What happens if I cannot attend my trial date or miss it?

You or your agent must attend at the court office shown on the trial notice well in advance of the trial date to complete a Notice of Motion requesting a change of the trial date. The court may grant or refuse your adjournment request.

If you cannot attend court on your trial date and you cannot bring a motion before the trial date as a result of a last-minute emergency, you may send someone to the court on your trial date in order to request a new trial date. The court may or may not grant a change of trial date.

If you miss your trial date, the Justice of the Peace may convict you in your absence. You can apply to have your conviction struck out and a new trial scheduled.

  • If you were initially given an Offence Notice (ticket) you may attend at the court office and complete re-opening papers within 15 days of becoming aware of the conviction. The application will be reviewed by a Justice of the Peace who will consider the reasons for your failure to appear at trial. The re-opening may or may not be granted.
  • If you were served with a Summons (as opposed to an Offence Notice), the trial may take place in your absence or a new trial date may be selected without further notice to you after which you may be convicted in your absence. You may appeal the conviction.

Can I change my mind and plead guilty after the trial is set?

You can give up your right to a trial and plead guilty at any time before the trial date. You can pay your ticket online up to three days before the trial date or in person at any Provincial Offences Court in Ontario, or you can attend before a Justice of the Peace at the court location noted on your ticket to plead guilty and provide submissions about the penalty.

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Disclosure Request

How do I request Disclosure?

You have a right to obtain officer's notes and any other relevant evidence involving the charge against you, also known as disclosure, to help you prepare for your trial. Once you have received your trial notice, you can request disclosure by completing the Disclosure Request Form available through the link below.



Once it is available, the Prosecutors Office will forward the disclosure to the email address you provided in the Disclosure Request Form. All information required for completing the form is available on the Notice of Trial you received in the mail.

Newmarket Prosecution Office:

Prosecutor’s Office
17150 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Newmarket, ON L3Y 8V3  
Email: 4960disclosure@york.ca

Richmond Hill Prosecution Office:

Prosecutor’s Office
50 High Tech Road, 1st Floor
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4N7
Email: 4961disclosure@york.ca


How to play Disclosure received as a .zip file? 

Some digital evidence (videos) is sent to defendants by email. If your digital evidence appears as a ZIP file, it must first be downloaded and extracted before it can be viewed. View these instructions for step by step instructions on how to extract the file.


Speed Measuring Devices

If you have been charged with speeding by a York Regional Police officer and the officer used a radar or laser device to obtain the speed reading, you can obtain a copy of the relevant manual for the device used by clicking on the link to the manual. The officer's notes will indicate what device the officer used.

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If you have been charged with speeding by a CN Police officer and the officer used a radar or laser device to obtain the speed reading, you can obtain a copy of the relevant manual for the device used by clicking on the link to the manual. The officer's notes will indicate what device the officer used.

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If you have been charged with speeding by an Ontario Provincial Police officer and the officer used a radar or laser device to obtain the speed reading, you can obtain a copy of the relevant operating and testing sections of the manual for the device used by clicking on the link to the manual. The officer’s notes will indicate what device the officer used.

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Appealing a Conviction or Sentence

Provincial Offences Act appeals

The Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice has extended the time to serve and file an appeal to December 1, 2020. Currently, only urgent Provincial Offences Act appeals to a judge of the Ontario Court of Justice will be accepted for service by the prosecutor’s office and filing at the Ontario Court of Justice at 50 Eagle St. West, Newmarket. Urgent POA appeals are limited to those where the defendant is subject to a licence suspension. If you received notice from the Ministry of Transportation of a licence suspension, you can serve and file an urgent appeal. Non-urgent appeals will not be accepted for service and filing until further notice.

For more information on appealing a Provincial Offences case, please see Appealing a Conviction or Sentence below, or visit the Ontario Court of Justice website.


How do I file an appeal?

You have the right to appeal any Provincial Offence’s court conviction, sentence, or both, within 30 days of the conviction and sentence date. For more information about the appeal process, please read the POA Part I and II Appeal Process Guide and the POA Part III Appeal Process Guide.

Pay any outstanding fines

If you were fined as part of your sentence, you will have to pay the fine into court before you will be allowed to file your Notice of Appeal. Keep your receipt of fine payment because the appeal court office may require proof that you have paid your fine before accepting any appeal documents for filing.

Notice of Appeal

The first step to start the appeal process is to complete and file a form called a Notice of Appeal. You can get the Notice of Appeal from the court office where your trial took place or from the appeal court office.

Part I and Part II Appeals

You must fill out Notice of Appeal for Part I and Part II Appeals Application Form within 30 days of your conviction and file it at the courthouse located at 50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket, Ontario.

Part III Appeals

You must fill out and serve your Notice of Appeal for Part III Appeals at the Crown’s office at 50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket, Ontario (or appropriate Ministry for certain offences) and file the appeal forms within 30 days of your conviction at 50 Eagle Street West.

Transcripts

Transcripts are a written record of what was said at a court hearing. Some appeal judges want a trial transcript. For Part III appeals, the appeal rules require you to order and pay for three copies of the transcript and file a Certificate from the clerk confirming that a transcript has been ordered. Failure to do so may result in your appeal not being scheduled, or being dismissed. It is important that you order transcripts promptly to avoid delaying the hearing of your appeal.

Extension of time to appeal

If you do not file a Notice of Appeal within 30 days, you must get judicial permission to file the Notice of Appeal. To ask for judicial permission, complete and file a form called Application for Extension of Time to Appeal. You can get the Application for Extension of Time to Appeal form at the court office where your trial took place, or at the appeal court office. Serve the completed form on the prosecutor’s office in Newmarket and file the completed form with proof of service at the appeal court office.


Serving of appeals, motions involving appeals, factums, transcripts and books of authority for Part I POA and Part III POA Municipal offences by email to appeals@york.ca

Serving Charter applications by email to 4960disclosure@york.ca(Newmarket) or 4961disclosure@york.ca(Richmond Hill)

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Collections

What happens if I don't pay my fine?

Failure to pay your court ordered fine (including all costs and the Victim Fine Surcharge) within the time ordered by court will result in your fine going into default. Default fines are subject to additional fees and a variety of enforcement tools, regardless of the age of the fine.

Failure to pay the fine on time could result in:

  • Additional court and administrative costs
  • Inability to renew your license plate sticker or your driver’s licence until the outstanding debt is paid
  • Suspension of your driver’s licence
  • Licence Plate denial
  • Notification to a credit reporting agency of the outstanding debt which may impact your credit
  • The fines being added to your property tax bill
  • Civil enforcement, which may include garnishing wages and/or bank accounts or registering a lien against property and assets

If the ticket is past due, please call the Provincial Offences Collections office at 1-877-331-3309 or 905-898-0425 ext. 73337. A payment plan may be offered depending on your circumstances.

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Federal Offences

The Provincial Offences Act applies to all offences under the provincial statutes and regulations, including municipal by-laws. In addition, certain federal offences are also enforced under the POA pursuant to the federal Contraventions Act.

The Contraventions Act establishes a clearer distinction between criminal and regulatory offences. The Act allows the federal government to designate federal statutory offences as contraventions, so that they could be processed using a ticketing system.

It is impossible to list all federal offences that have been designated as contraventions. To date, there are close to 3,000 such offences, involving more than 20 different federal laws and more than 45 sets of regulations. Below are examples of some federal laws containing federal offences designated as contraventions and an example of a federal contravention under the statutes.

Legislation

Example of Contravention

Fine

Canada National Park Act Damage an archaeological site or historical resource $300
Canada Shipping Act Operate power-driven or electrically propelled vessel with more engine power than maximum specified $100
Canadian Environmental Protection Act Quarterly report of Lead Concentration in Gasoline Produced (…) not submitted to the Minister with the required information $500
Fisheries Act Possess any live fish for use as bait in the inland waters of New Brunswick $200
Tobacco Act Sell cigarettes in a package containing fewer than 20 $500
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We Welcome Your Feedback

York Region Court Services is committed to providing efficient, professional and courteous customer service and we are continually looking for ways to improve our standards and enhance the customer experience. If you have concerns with the service provided, we want to know.

If you have a complaint about Court Operations, please contact:

Mail: Manager, Court Operations, 50 High Tech Road, 1st floor, Richmond Hill, L4B 4N7
Email:  Barb.Ryner@york.ca
In person: You may discuss your complaint with a supervisor at either court location

If you have a complaint about Collections, please contact:

Mail: Manager, Collections,  Performance Improvement and Initiatives, 17150 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor, Newmarket, L3Y 8V3
Email: Anastasia.Prokoptchouk@york.ca
In person: You may discuss your complaint with the Supervisor, Collections at the Newmarket location.

If you have a complaint about Prosecution services, please contact:

Mail: Senior Counsel, Prosecutions, 50 High Tech Road, 1st floor, Richmond Hill, L4B 4N7
Email: Chris.Bendick@york.ca
In person: You may discuss your complaint with the Senior Counsel at the Richmond Hill location

Please note that court services staff cannot comment on decisions made by the judiciary. For information on complaints involving the judiciary, please contact in writing or fax:

The Justice of the Peace Review Council P.O. Box 914
Adelaide Street Postal Station  31 Adelaide St. E Toronto, ON M5C 2K3
416-327-2339 (Fax)


Next Steps

  1. A court service representative will contact you within two business days to acknowledge receipt of your complaint, outline the complaint process and provide contact details.
  2. An assessment and investigation into your complaint will be conducted in a private and confidential manner. This normally involves following up with appropriate staff, reviewing relevant policies, procedures and laws.
  3. You will receive a response to your complaint within 15 business days of sending you our acknowledgement.
  4. If you are making a verbal complaint, we will try to resolve it immediately.  If you are not satisfied with the response, you may be asked to put your complaint in writing to the manager.
We are committed to resolving problems as efficiently and effectively as possible in a fair and transparent manner.
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How to play Disclosure received as a .zip file?

Some digital evidence (videos) is sent to defendants by email. If your digital evidence appears as a ZIP file, it must first be downloaded and extracted before it can be viewed. View  Panasonic In-Car-Camera Videos Instructions for a step by step guide on how to extract the file.

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Front Counter Services

Court Operation services

  • Payments
  • File trial requests
  • Obtain appeal information
  • General Inquiries
  • File re-opening applications
  • File time extension applications

Prosecution services

  • Apply for disclosure
  • Serve appeals, motions involving appeals, factums, transcripts and books of authority for Part I POA and Part III POA Municipal offences
  • Only urgent appeals involving licence suspension will be accepted for service and filing. The time to serve and file appeals has been extended to December 1, 2020

Please note that many of these services can also be accessed online.

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Check the Status of Traffic Tickets and Fines Online

This new online service makes it easier for members of the public to find information about Provincial Offences Act Part I and III matters. The search tool allows you to look up the status of a case and basic case information including:

  • How much you owe
  • How to pay your ticket
  • Where and when a trial is scheduled

Before you search for a ticket

Make sure you have the location code and offence number printed on your ticket or notice, so you can look up your case.

If you’ve received a “summons”(an order to appear in front of a judge) you will need the case number on the summons. If you don’t have this information, or you’ve lost your ticket, contact the municipal court office in the jurisdiction where your ticket or fine was issued.


Court Accessibility Coordinators

For accessibility services contact the courthouse Accessibility Coordinator at 1-877-331-3309.



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Provincial Offences Tickets Resources


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