NEW: Effective April 4, 2007 the schedule has been changed for those wishing to pursue OPTION 2.
Please refer to the following link for the new schedule: Burlington and Milton
In 2001, the municipal partners of Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton became responsible for court scheduling, administration, enforcement and prosecutions of Provincial Offences Act (POA) charges. Halton Court Services was created to provide those services to the Halton area with three locations, one each in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.
WHAT DOES POA MEAN?
POA (Provincial Offences Act) governs how charges are processed and prosecuted. It applies to all provincial statutes as well as municipal by-laws and some minor federal contraventions. Most of the POA offences filed in our court fall under the Highway Traffic Act, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, the Liquor Licence Act or the Trespass to Property Act. Most of those offences are minor and paid out-of-court.
WHY DO WE HAVE A COLLECTIONS UNIT?
"It's time to pay that FINE!"
Until 2002 a large percentage of unpaid fines were not enforced, leaving millions of dollars in lost revenue for the municipalities of Halton. In addition to carrying out enforcement procedures, these unpaid fines have been forwarded to the Collections Unit of Halton Court Services. They are then subject to additional fees and could result in one or more of the following: credit reporting, garnisheed wages, personal property liens, and civil enforcement.
In addition, all CURRENT defaulted fines are forwarded to the Collections Unit after default/licence suspension/plate denial has been ordered by the court and where enforcement procedures have not been successful. Collection activity would begin immediately as described above.
People with outstanding defaulted fines will receive an overdue notice from the Collections Unit with instructions on how to submit their payments. For more information, contact the Halton Court Services Collections Unit at 905-637-2425.
There are 3 court locations in Halton to serve the public:
I. PROVINCIAL OFFENCES TICKETS
II. PARKING AND BY-LAW OFFENCES
III. REQUESTS FOR TRIALS
IV. DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSIONS
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Once 30 days has passed, the charge will be placed on a Fail to Respond docket and a Justice of the Peace will review the offence notice and may convict you in absentia. Once you have been convicted it is too late to choose any of the options indicated on the back of your ticket. return to questions
Payments can be made in person at any Provincial Offences court in
Ontario by cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard or can be made online.
Only moving violations have demerit points attached to the conviction. These demerit points are determined and administered by the Ministry of Transportation. Use the MTO link at the bottom of this paragraph to find out more information about whether your charge carries any demerit points and the number of demerit points. This link will take you to the appropriate MTO site where you can select the "Driver Licensing" option. MTO or return to questions
All driving record information is maintained and administered by the Ministry of Transportation. The following link will advise what steps need to be taken in order to receive a driving record abstract. Select the "Ministry Online Services" option. MTO or return to questions
As of January 1, 1995 all provincial offences fines except for parking infractions carry a victim fine surcharge. The surcharge operates on a sliding scale, depending on the amount of the fine. All surcharge monies are credited to the Victim's Justice Fund. Money in the fund is used to support programs that provide assistance to victims or witnesses of a provincial or federal crime.
No- The ticket issued to you by the Officer is your formal notification that a charge has been laid and that you must choose an option within 30 days.
If an option is not selected within 30 days, a Conviction Notice (Notice of Fine and Due Date) will be sent to the address noted on your ticket upon conviction by the Justice of the Peace. return to questions
No - all parking tickets should be paid to the Parking Department at the Town/City Hall in the Municipality where the ticket was issued. For example: a parking ticket issued in Burlington should be paid at City Hall, 426 Brant Street, Burlington. In Oakville, the Provincial Offences Office is operated in conjunction with the Parking Department and therefore parking tickets and provincial offences tickets can be paid at the one location.
Any inquiries regarding your parking ticket should be addressed to the Parking Department at each of the Municipalities. The Provincial Offences Court does not administer or prosecute parking offences. City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville, or return to questions
All bylaw charges are enforced and prosecuted by each of the Municipalities in Halton. To receive more information about your charge or to view a copy of the various municipal by-laws it is necessary to contact the by-law department in each of the municipalities in Halton Region.
The following links will provide more information regarding local by-laws and enforcement in Halton Region's Municipalities. City of Burlington, Town of Halton Hills, Town of Milton, Town of Oakville, return to questions
All by-law charges are filed at the local Provincial Offences Court and all related administration and fine payments are processed at the court house.
III. REQUESTS FOR TRIALS
You must attend at the court where your trial is scheduled at least 10 days before the scheduled date of your trial.
If there is less than 10 days before your trial date than you or someone acting as your agent must attend at the trial date to request an adjournment at that time. return to questions
You must attend at either your local Provincial Offences court or at the court where your trial was scheduled and swear an Affidavit (Section 11 Affidavit) advising the court that you did not receive your Notice of Trial. This must be done within 15 days of becoming aware that you were convicted.
One you have received a trial date, attend at one of the 3 court locations in Halton Region and fill out a Request for Disclosure form. The form will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's Unit. Once disclosure has been prepared you will be notified and you will be required to attend at the court office to pick up the disclosure. return to questions
An enforcement action that the Provincial Offences Court may choose is suspension of a driver's licence for non-payment of the fine and victim fine surcharge. If a suspension has been ordered you must pay the total amount outstanding at any Provincial Offences court in Ontario. A $20.00 enforcement fee will be added to this total.
Once the Provincial Offences court receives payment, the Defaulted
Fines Control Centre is advised electronically through an overnight
batch reporting system.
The Ministry of Transportation sends out the suspension notices after they have suspended a driver's licence. Several years ago the Province changed their procedures which included no longer providing notice "of the pending suspension" since the defendants had been provided with notice of an outstanding fine and the due date for payment. return to questions