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

 

FINE PAYMENT

Pay your Provincial Offences Ticket.

 

WHO ARE WE?

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.


WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?

There are 3 court locations in Halton to serve the public:

Burlington Court Office
2051 Plains Rd. E.
Burlington, ON L7R 5A5
Tel: 905-637-1274
Fax: 905-637-5919
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Justices of the Peace available Wednesday - 9 am - 11:30 am
and 2 pm - 3.30 pm.

Milton Court Office
100 Nipissing Rd.
Milton, ON L9T 5B2
Tel: 905-876-2025
Fax; 905-876-0586
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Justices of the Peace available Thursday - 9 am - 11:30 am
and 2 pm - 3.30 pm.


Oakville Services Office
Oakville Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Rd. Oakville, ON
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
In-Person Service Only
Courtrooms and Justices of the Peace are not available at this location.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I. PROVINCIAL OFFENCES TICKETS

  1. I have received a ticket - what are my options?
  2. What happens if I don't do anything after I have received a ticket?
  3. How do I pay my fine?
  4. I don't understand exactly what the charge means - how can I find out more information?
  5. How many demerit points will I receive once I am convicted of this charge?
  6. How can I receive more information about the current status of my driving record?
  7. What is the Victim Fine Surcharge noted on my ticket and do I have to pay it?
  8. After I receive my ticket will the court forward any other notification? What if I do not receive this notification?

II. PARKING AND BY-LAW OFFENCES

  1. I have received a parking ticket - can I pay it at the Provincial Offences court?
  2. I have been charged with a municipal by-law infraction and I would like more information about what this means.

III. REQUESTS FOR TRIALS

  1. How can I change my trial date once it has been scheduled?
  2. I did not receive my Notice of Trial in the mail and now I have been convicted - what can I do?
  3. How do I order disclosure for my trial?

IV. DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSIONS

  1. My licence has been suspended because I did not pay my fine by the due date - what should I do now?
  2. Why does it take up to 4 days to reinstate my licence once I have paid my fine?
  3. Why am I notified of my suspension after I have been suspended?


ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


I. PROVINCIAL OFFENCES TICKETS


1. I have received a ticket - what are my options?

As indicated on the back of your ticket there are four options available to all defendants and there are 30 days in which to choose an option:


1. Pay the fine - either attend at your local Provincial Offences court to pay the fine in person or forward your payment by using the enclosed self-addressed envelope provided. The methods of payment available are: online payments, cash, cheque, debit, visa or master card.

2. Walk-in guilty - if you wish to plead guilty to the charge but would like to discuss the fine you must attend at the courthouse during the available day and times indicated on the back of your ticket to meet with a Justice of the Peace. A plea of guilty will be entered and you may seek additional time to pay the fine, or, in certain circumstances, the Justice of the Peace may consider reducing the fine.


3. Not guilty - attend at any Provincial Offences court in Ontario and complete a Notice of Intention to Appear form. This form will be forwarded to the court in the jurisdiction where the ticket was issued in order for a trial to be set. A Notice of Trial will be sent to you. Be sure to advise the court of your current address and you must follow-up with the court if you do not receive a Notice of Trial within 1 month.


4. First Attendance Meeting - you have the option of requesting a First Attentance Meeting with the Prosecutor to discuss your charge. The Investigating Officer will not be in attendance at this meeting.

The Prosecutor will consider the circumstances of the offence, your driving record, and your ability to pay the fine.

As a result of this meeting your matter may be resolved by way of a guilty plea to the original charge or to a lessor charge (if offered by the Prosecutor). If resolved, you and the Prosecutor will appear before the Justice of the Peace for your guilty plea. If you plead guilty, you will be found guilty, or if the matter cannot be resolved, your trial option will remain and you can set a trial date. return to questions


2. What happens if I don't do anything after I have received a ticket?

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


3. How do I pay my fine?

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.
Cheques, Visa or Mastercard payments can be forwarded by mail in the self-addressed envelope provided with your ticket. Just complete the payment slip and enclose it with your cheque or credit card information in this envelope.
Please note that a charge of $35.00 will be applied to all cheques dishonoured by the banks. return to questions


4. I don't understand exactly what the charge means - how can I find out more information?

To find out more information about your charge the attached link will take you to the Ministry of the Attorney General site. MAG or return to questions


5. How many demerit points will I receive once I am convicted of this charge?

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


6. How can I receive more information about the current status of my driving record?

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


7. What is the Victim Fine Surcharge noted on my ticket and do I have to pay it?

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.


The victim fine surcharge must be paid in full and if not, enforcement proceedings can be taken (such as driver licence suspension) by the Provincial Offences court, regardless of the outstanding amount owing. return to questions


8. After I receive my ticket will the court forward any other notification? What if I do not receive this notification?

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


II. PARKING AND BY-LAW OFFENCES


1. I have received a parking ticket - can I pay it at the Provincial Offences court?

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


2. I have been charged with a municipal by-law infraction and I would like more information about what this means.

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


1. How can I change my trial date once it has been scheduled?

You must attend at the court where your trial is scheduled at least 10 days before the scheduled date of your trial.


You will complete a Notice of Motion advising the court of your request to change your trial date and then swear an Affidavit in support of your request. The motion will be scheduled for the next available court date (approx 3-7 days later) at which time you must attend so that your motion may be spoken to. If your motion is granted a new trial date will be issued at the motion hearing.

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


2. I did not receive my Notice of Trial in the mail and now I have been convicted - what can I do?

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.


This affidavit will be forwarded to the Justice of the Peace and it will be considered for a re-opening of the case. If granted, a new trial date shall be issued. You are obligated to confirm your address with the court and to follow-up with the court to get this new trial date - especially if there appears to be a problem with your mail delivery. return to questions


3. How do I order disclosure?

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


IV. DRIVER'S LICENCE SUSPENSIONS


1. My licence has been suspended because I did not pay my fine by the due date - what should I do now?

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.


After payment is made you are required to go to your local Ministry of Transportation office and pay a $150.00 reinstatement fee. As long as the reinstatement fee has been paid your licence will be reinstated within 3-4 days of paying the total outstanding amount at the Provincial Offences court. return to questions


2. Why does it take up to 4 days to reinstate my licence?

Once the Provincial Offences court receives payment, the Defaulted Fines Control Centre is advised electronically through an overnight batch reporting system.
The Defaulted Fines Control Centre administers all defaulted fines for the Province of Ontario. Once they have been notified they will clear the suspense from their records and then notify Ministry of Transportation(MTO) within 2 days.


MTO will then require an additional day to update your driving record on their system. return to questions


3. Why am I notified of my suspension after I have been suspended?

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