As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Provincial and Municipal state of Emergencies have been declared and Court operations are limited during this time.
- Statutory timelines have been extended, including time to exercise your options on the Offence Notice (ticket).
- All provincial offences trials are being rescheduled. No trials will be conducted until September 11th, 2020 at the earliest
- If you are a defendant, 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 during the State of Emergency, you do not need to attend, as the matter will be rescheduled.
- If you have any questions about the scheduling of your Provincial Offences Act offence, please contact the Hastings County Provincial Offences Office at 613-966-0331. The hours of operation have changed and will now be between 8:30 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
If you'd like to make a payment, payments are accepted on-line. For more information on on-line payments and other services like, how to pay a fine, exercise your option to meet with the prosecutor for early resolution or to view a copy of a court order extending certain time periods under the Provincial Offences Act for proceedings in the Ontario Court of Justice, please visit https://hastingscounty.com/services/provincial-offences/online-services or contact your Provincial Offences Court office by phone at 613-966-0331.
Updated notice to public July 3rd 2020 NOTICE TO PUBLIC REGARDING PROVINCIAL OFFENCES ACT MATTERS
On June 19th 2000 the Corporation of the County of Hastings accepted the transfer and responsibility of administrative duties, including Part I prosecution of the Provincial Offences Act from the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. This transfer was part of the Province’s strategy to realign provincial and municipal roles in the delivery of public services.
The Provincial Offences Act (POA) is a procedural law for administering and prosecuting provincial offences, including offences created under municipal by-law and minor federal offences designated as contraventions. The POA provisions govern all aspects from serving notices to a defendant to conducting trials. Provincial Offences are non-criminal charges, primarily issued by the police, and include but not limited to the following Acts:
- Highway Traffic Act- such as speeding, careless driving, fail to wear seatbelt assembly
- Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act-such as failing to surrender insurance card or possessing an invalid insurance card
- Liquor Licence Act- such as being intoxicated in a public place, selling alcohol to a minor
- Trespass to Property Act- such as entering premise when entry is prohibited, failing to leave premises as directed to do so.
The Justice of the Peace is responsible for the proceedings of provincial offences matters and the conduct of these proceedings before the Ontario Court of Justice.
The Provincial Offences office is responsible for providing administrative services, Court Support, Prosecution of Part I offences, Enforcement and Collections.