Provincial courts resume some in-person services

York Region’s two Provincial Offences Act (POA) Courts have resumed in-person front counter services, but courtrooms remain closed and you’re still encouraged to use online services when possible to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Court operation front counter services now available to the public include making payments, filing trial requests, obtaining appeal information, making general inquiries, filing re-opening applications and filing time extension applications.

Prosecution front counter services now available to the public include applying for disclosure; serving appeals, motions involving appeals, factums, transcripts and books of authority for Part I POA and Part III POA Municipal offences; and serving materials for motions and applications.

Remember, many services don’t require a physical visit to a courthouse. You can pay fines at paytickets.ca or by mailing a Pre-Authorized Payment Form, submit a completed trial request form by email to [email protected] or [email protected], and submit disclosure requests and charter applications by email to [email protected] (Newmarket) or [email protected] (Richmond Hill).

You can also check the status of traffic tickets and fines online at york.ca/courts, access forms, request a time extension by emailing [email protected] or [email protected], request to speak with a prosecutor by emailing [email protected] (Newmarket) or [email protected] (Richmond Hill), and serve appeals, motions involving appeals, factums, transcripts and books of authority for Part I POA and Part III POA Municipal offences by emailing [email protected]

Courtrooms remain closed and all other in-person POA court matters scheduled from March 16 through to and including October 16 are adjourned and will be rescheduled to a later date at the discretion of the Ontario Court of Justice. There’s no need to attend court if a matter is scheduled or you have been summoned during this time period. A notice of a new court date will be sent by mail to the address on file with the court so be sure to let the courthouse know if your contact information has changed.

If you’ve received a ticket, you have until December 1 to select one of the options listed on the back of the Offence Notice. Option 2, pleading guilty before a Justice of the Peace, is currently unavailable.

As the courts resume services, several new health and safety protocols have been implemented, including COVID-19 screening and limitations on the number of people who can attend court. Anyone entering the facility, including staff and members of the public, must wear a face mask or covering unless exempt. To request an accommodation for a special need, contact the York Region Courts Accessibility Coordinator at 1-877-331-3309. For more information about court services, locations and online services, visit york.ca/courts.

The Newmarket Court, pictured here, has relocated to 17150 Yonge St., 2nd floor. The Richmond Hill Court continues to offer services at 50 High Tech Rd.

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