Ontario Court of Justice - Provincial Offences
Since February 26, 2001 the County of Elgin has been responsible for the administration and prosecution of most Provincial Offence charges issued within Elgin County and St. Thomas. Provincial Offences are non-criminal charges and include but are not exclusive to fines issued under the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Tresspass to Property Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and by-laws.
There are three different types of Provincial Offence Notices. A Part I is commonly referred to as a ticket that is issued to an individual, a Part II notice is a parking infraction and a Part III notice is a summons to appear before the Court on an assigned court date.
The Federal Government, through the French Language Services Act, has designated the County of Elgin as a bilingual service area. Front counter and Court services are provided in French upon request.
Le gouvernement fédéral, par l'intermédiaire de la Loi sur les services en langue française, a désigné le comté d'Elgin en tant que zone de service bilingue. Comptoir de service et de la Cour sont disponibles en français sur demande.
NOTICE - Regarding Part I and II Appeal Matters:
Effective December 1, 2008 Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part I and Part II appeals must be filed with the Provincially administerd Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) court office. Appeal forms and information can be obtained at either the POA or OCJ offices. Fine payments will ONLY be accepted at the POA office and requests for transcripts MUST be made at the trial court. PLEASE NOTE: These changes do not affect processes that deal with the Ontario Court of Appeal.
NOTICE - Regarding Part III Appeal Matters:
Effective December 1, 2008 Provincial Offences Act (POA) Part III appeals must be filed with the
- Provincially administed Ontario Court of Justice, if the trial was presided over by a Justice of the Peace.
- The Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) if the trail was presided over by a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ)