Non-criminal offences including (but not limited to):
Most provincial offences result in out-of-court fine payments. Citizens who are issued Provincial Offence tickets should read them carefully for a complete list of their payment and trial options.
You do not require a lawyer to appear in Provincial Offences Court. Legal Aid is generally not given for Provincial Offence matters
Contact your local Legal Aid office to confirm if you would be eligible.
There are many enforcement agencies in the Niagara Region, who can issue you a ticket, including:
There are three different types of Provincial Offence notices:
Option 1. Plea of Guilty - Payment Out of Court
By choosing this option, you are stating that you are guilty and you must pay the total payable at the bottom of your ticket. You can pay the fine online, in person or by mail at any Provincial Offences Court location. Cheques should be made payable to the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
Option 2. Early Resolution Meeting
This option offers you the opportunity to schedule a meeting with the prosecutor to discuss your charge(s). This meeting can be used to discuss a possible resolution of the charge or to request additional time to pay your fine. If you are unable to reach a resolution, a trial date will be set for you.
Option 3. Trial Option (Not Guilty)
If you wish to plead not guilty you or your Representative must attend in person at the Provincial Offences Court office shown on the back of your ticket to file a Notice of Intention to Appear. You will receive a notice of trial in the mail in the next few weeks after we receive your request. Notify the office of any change in address so that your notice of trial goes to the proper address. If you do not receive a notice of trial in 3 - 4 weeks, contact the Provincial Offences Court office to confirm the status.
Note: You have 15 days from receipt of an offence notice to exercise one of the above noted options. If you fail to respond you will be deemed not to dispute the charge.
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 your absence. Once you have been convicted it is too late to choose any of the options indicated on the back of your ticket.
At the bottom of every ticket there are two different amounts shown, the set fine and the total payable. The difference between these two amounts is called the Victim Fine Surcharge and is imposed by the provincial government. The amount of the Victim Fine Surcharge is based on a sliding scale depending on the amount of the fine and is added to every fine that is given under the Provincial Offences Act (except parking fines). Proceeds from the surcharge are used to maintain assistance programs for victims of crime.
You can pay your Tickets online with Ontario's PayTickets Site.
No. Municipal parking tickets must be paid at the individual Municipality that issued the ticket.
No. Serving time in jail is not an option.
If you need more time to pay your fine, visit a Provincial Offences Court office and complete the Motion for Extension of Time to Pay the Fine. Once completed and returned to our office the form will be submitted to a Justice of the Peace. It is your responsibility to contact our office within 2 weeks to obtain the decision of the court.
We will notify the Ministry of Transportation to remove the suspension status from your drivers' licence. The Ministry of Transportation will determine if your licence will be reinstated. You will be responsible to pay the reinstatement fee of $198 to the Ministry of Transportation.
Note: Visit the Ministry of Transportation's website for more information on suspended licences. Other outstanding matters may result in your licence remaining suspended.
The collections office pursues payment of all unpaid Provincial Offence fines. Call 905-687-6590 or email Provincial Offences Act Collections Office with your inquiry.
Well in advance of the actual trial time, contact the court office where the trial is scheduled.
A request for adjournment requires that a Notice of Motion be served by you on the prosecutor and the enforcement agency giving three days notice. You can have an agent appear and speak on your behalf and provide the court with your reasons why you cannot be present. The Justice of the Peace may still choose to proceed in your absence.
Disclosure is a procedure whereby the defendant is provided with copies of all evidentiary documentation which will be used by the Prosecutor at trial.
Step 2: Email the completed form to POADisclosure@niagararegion.ca or submit in person at:
Attention: Provincial Offence Court
445 East Main St., Welland
To avoid inconvenience to you, you should apply for disclosure as soon as possible.
You will be sentenced. Your sentence could include a fine, probation, court order, by-law related order, licence suspension, imprisonment or any combination thereof.
You should receive a document entitled "Notice of Fine and Due Date". However, if you do not receive this document, you are still responsible to pay the fine within the time period granted by the Justice of the Peace.
You must file an appeal within 30 days of the conviction date. The fine must be paid in full or an application to file an appeal without paying the fine must be completed before filing the appeal.
If you are past the allotted time, you may also apply for an extension of time to appeal under Section 85 of the Provincial Offences Act. A Provincial Judge must grant both the application to file appeal without paying the fine and the application for extension of time to appeal.
Appeal documents may be obtained from any of the Provincial Offences offices, from the Ministry of the Attorney General court office, or online from Niagara Region's Provincial Offences Administration Forms page.
Visit the Ministry of Transportation's website for more information on demerit points. Demerit points are administered by the Ministry of Transportation.
Visit the Ministry of Transportation's website for more information driving records. All driving record information is maintained and administered by the Ministry of Transportation.
Contact your local Provincial Offences Act Court office to determine if there are any outstanding fines. All outstanding fines must be paid in full. After payment is made, you are required to go to your local Ministry of Transportation office and pay a $198 reinstatement fee.
If you are certain that you have no outstanding fines, contact the Ministry of Transportation, Driver Control at 1-800-303-4993.
The Provincial Offences Court database is not linked to the Ministry of Transportation database. Therefore, address changes made with the Ministry of Transportation are not on record with the Provincial Offences Court office.
In Provincial Offences Court, plate denials only apply to parking offences. Since all parking offence matters rest with the local municipality, you should contact the municipality in which you received the parking offence or pay your fine(s) at any Service Ontario office.
If the complaint is concerning the conduct of a Justice of the Peace, contact the Justice of the Peace Review Council.
If the complaint is concerning the conduct of Court Administration staff or Prosecutors, you must provide your complaint in writing to:
Associate Director, Court Services
445 East Main St.
Welland, L3B 3X7
Email the Associate Director