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Court Services

The City of Barrie’s Court Services branch provides administrative services for matters before the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, for all municipalities within the County of Simcoe.

Services include the processing of charges under Provincial statutes, processing of Provincial Offence fine payments, scheduling of Provincial Offence trials, etc.

The Provincial Offences Act (POA)

The Provincial Offences Act (POA) sets out procedures for the administration and prosecution of offences under provincial statutes and regulations, and municipal by-laws. Designated municipalities are responsible for the administration of courts hearing POA matters and the prosecution of certain POA cases on behalf of the Attorney General. Examples of such cases include:

  • Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding and other traffic violations
  • Municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal
  • Charges laid under all other provincial legislation (such as the Liquor Licence Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Trespass to Property Act etc.)

Types of Provincial Offence Notices

There are three different types of Provincial Offence notices:

  • Part I: an offence notice (ticket) or summons that is issued to an individual
  • Part II: a parking infraction notice (including City-issued parking tickets)
  • Part III: a summons (including a court date)

Payments

Most Provincial Offence fines can be paid via www.paytickets.ca. Please review important payment information

FAQ’s: Barrie & Orillia Court Service Area Tickets
What options do I have if I receive a ticket (not a summons)?

Option 1: Plea of Guilty, Payment Out of Court
To exercise option 1, within 15 days of receiving the ticket, pay the total payable amount at the bottom of your ticket. By paying your fine, you are stating that you are guilty of the charge. You can pay Barrie and Orillia Court Service area fines online, by mail, or in person at any Provincial Offences Court location in Ontario. List of Provincial Offences Offices

Option 2: Pleading Guilty with Submissions to Penalty
To exercise option 2, within 15 days of receiving your ticket, attend at the location shown on the reverse side of your ticket during the times specified under option #2. A defendant can plead guilty and make submissions to the justice of the peace regarding the amount of fine and how much time you require to pay the fine. This option does not alter the number of demerit points associated with the offence in which you are charged.

For tickets starting with the number "3860", a justice of the peace is scheduled* in the Barrie office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. on a first come first served basis.

For tickets starting with the number "3861", a justice of the peace is scheduled* in the Orillia office on Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., on a first come first served basis. 

Occasionally a justice of the peace is unavailable as scheduled; accordingly, you may wish to call ahead to determine justice of the peace availability. Barrie (3860): 705-739-4291; Orillia (3861): 705-326-2960

Option 3. Trial Option (Not Guilty)
To exercise option #3, within 15 days of receiving the ticket, sign the reverse side of your ticket under option #3, and file your request for trial (ticket) with the court office noted under option #3. Filing can be completed by mailing your completed ticket to the address noted under option #3; or by:

For files starting with “3860"
Email: POAExternal.Mail-Barrie@barrie.ca
Scan a single copy of both sides of your ticket.
Fax: 705-739-4292 (Barrie)
Fax a single copy of both sides of your ticket.
 
For files starting with “3861”
Email: POAExternal.Mail-Orillia@barrie.ca
Scan a single copy of both sides of your ticket.
Fax: 705-326-3613 (Orillia)
Fax a single copy of both sides of your ticket.

Note: Be sure to include your new mailing address if it is different that what is noted on the front of your ticket (there is space under option #3 for this purpose).

You should receive a Notice of Trial in the mail within 3-4 weeks after our office receives your request. This notice will advise you when and where to appear for your trial.  Please notify the correct court office of any change in address so that your Notice of Trial is mailed to the proper address. If you do not receive a Notice of Trial in 3–4 weeks, please contact the Provincial Offences Court office to confirm the status of your matter.

What happens if I receive a ticket or summons and do nothing?

If you received a ticket and do not respond to one of the options listed on the ticket, the ticket will be processed to a fail to respond docket; you may be convicted in your absence and sentenced to pay a fine.

If you received a summons and do not appear in court on the date and time noted on the summons, you may be convicted in your absence and sentenced.

Why are there two different amounts on my ticket?

All fines other than parking offences are subject to a $5.00 cost, as per O/Reg. 945, as well as a Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS), as per O.Reg. 161/00 pursuant to Section 60.1 of the Provincial Offences Act. The total payable amount includes the $5.00 cost and the VFS. Failure to pay the total payable (i.e. fine, cost and VFS) by the due date may result in additional late fees, civil collection action and/or a driver's licence suspension, credit bureau notification and further legal actions.  

What if I need more time to pay my fine?

You may, at any time request an extension of time for payment of a fine. The Motion for Extension of Time to Pay Fine, will be considered by a justice of the peace. A motion can be brought even after the fine has gone into default pursuant to Section 69 of the Provincial Offences Act.

How do I find out how much I owe?

For tickets starting with the number "3860", and for summons matters issued in the Barrie area please call 705-739-4291.

For tickets starting with the number "3861", and for summons matters issued in the Orillia area, please call 705-326-2960.

Please have your ticket number or driver's licence number ready.

What if my licence is suspended due to an unpaid fine?

A licence suspension due to an unpaid fine must be paid in full at any Provincial Offences office in Ontario before the licence can be reinstated.  The Ministry of Transportation charges a reinstatement fee as a condition of reinstatement on certain suspensions.  The reinstatement fee may be paid at any Drivers and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office.

Please note that the Provincial Offences Court Office cannot waive the Ministry's reinstatement fee.  For further information about other types of driver's licence suspensions, the Ministry’s reinstatement fee, and Drivers and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office locations please call 1-800-387-3445 or visit the MTO website.

What if I cannot attend my trial?

If you know in advance of your scheduled court date that you cannot attend or proceed with your matter, you may seek an adjournment. You must first call the appropriate court office to obtain a proper court date for the motion to be heard. A copy of the Notice of Motion must be served on the applicable prosecutor/prosecution office at least three clear days prior to the motion date, and filed with the applicable court office at least 2 days prior to the motion date with proof of service of the motion on the prosecutor. Proof of service can be by way of stamped acknowledgment on the original motion by the prosecutor/prosecution office, by affidavit or by proof of facsimile transmission. If you are not successful with a motion and do not attend on your trial date, you may be found guilty in your absence.

It is the day of court and I cannot attend my trial. What can I do?

If, on a scheduled court date you cannot attend or proceed with your matter, someone else acting on your behalf will have to attend court and explain to the justice of the peace why you cannot attend. The justice of the peace may grant an adjournment of your matter, or order that the trial proceed in your absence. Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases

Disclosure Requests

Anyone charged with an offence has a right to receive disclosure of the evidence that may be used at his/her trial. Disclosure must be requested through the correct office in order for a defendant to have disclosure made available to him/her. When filing a request, be sure to include the ticket number(s), court date, court location, your name and contact information, officer badge number and enforcement agency.

Matters Prosecuted by the City of Barrie
Requests for disclosure for matters prosecuted by the City of Barrie, including most Part I Certificates of Offence (tickets) where there are three options including a trial option, may be made by e-mail to LegalDisclosureRequest@barrie.ca or fax to (705) 739-4227, upon receiving your Notice of Trial.

Matters not Prosecuted by the City of Barrie
Requests for disclosure for matters not prosecuted by the City of Barrie (such as “Drive Under Suspension” or “Operate Motor Vehicle Without Insurance”) may be submitted by sending a fax to the local Crown’s office at (705) 739-6551. 

Charges laid by Ontario Ministries 
For charges laid by Ontario Ministries, please contact the originating enforcement agency and obtain instructions on how to request disclosure.

Appeals

You may have “grounds of appeal” from a Provincial Offence conviction, sentence, or both. Please refer to the Guide to Appeals in Provincial Offences Cases. POA appeals must be filed with the provincially administered Ontario Court of Justice (OCJ) appeal court offices.

Appeal forms and information can be obtained at either OCJ administration offices (i.e. municipally administered POA court offices or the provincially administered appeal court offices), and from the forms section of this web page.

Please note: Fine payments are only accepted at Provincial Offences Court offices in Ontario, not the Appeal Court offices.

Transcripts

Requests for transcripts must be made at the court administration office where the trial or hearing  was heard.

POA Forms

General Forms

Affidavit: General Form
A written statement or declaration of facts that are sworn or affirmed to be true.

Notice of Motion
Legal notification of a request to a justice of the peace for an order, either before, during, or after a trial or other proceeding.

Affidavit in Support of a Request for Reopening Part 1 & 2
For use if a defendant is wishing to attempt a Re-opening of a Part I conviction where a defendant  failed to appear at their trial through no fault of their own.

Replacement of Missing Documentation Part 1
For use if a defendant lost their copy of a Part I ticket.

Appeal-Related Forms

Notice of Appeals Parts 1 & 2
For use in filing an appeal for matters where there were originally three options including a trial option  (ticket) or for a parking ticket.

Notice of Appeal Part 3
For use in filing an appeal for matters where there was a summons issued (Part III).

Application for Extension of Time to Appeal
For use in filling an appeal when outside the 30 day allowable time frame.

Application to Appeal Without Paying the Fine
For use when an appellant/defendant is unable to pay the fine prior to  filing  an appeal.

Notice of Abandonment of Appeal Parts 1 & 2
For use if an applicant in an appeal is no longer proceeding with a Part I or II appeal.

Notice of Abandonment of Appeal Part 3
For use if an applicant in an appeal is no longer proceeding with a Part III appeal.

Payment-Related Forms

Motion for Extension of Time to Pay Fine
For use if a defendant requires more time to pay a fine after a conviction has occurred.

Preauthorized Payment Form (Barrie - 3860)
For use if a defendant wishes to pay his/her Barrie Court Service area fine via credit card without attending a provincial offences office.

Preauthorized Payment Form (Orillia - 3861)
For use if a defendant wishes to pay his/her Orillia Court Service area fine via credit card without attending a provincial offences office.

Transcript-Related Forms

Transcript Request Form (Barrie - 3860)
To request transcripts of matters heard in Barrie, Churchill, Collingwood and Wasaga Beach Provincial Offences Courts.

Transcript Request Form (Orillia - 3861)
To request transcripts of matters heard in Orillia and Penetanguishene Provincial Offences Courts.

How to Submit Forms

For files starting with “3860" (Barrie)
By email: POAExternal.Mail-Barrie@barrie.ca
By fax:  705-739-4292
In person or by mail: 45 Cedar Pointe Drive
Barrie, ON L4N 5R7
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am–4:30pm excluding holidays
 
For files starting with “3861” (Orillia)
By email: POAExternal.Mail-Orillia@barrie.ca
By fax:  705-326-3613
In person or by mail: Willow Court Plazza
575 West Street, South, Unit #10
Orillia, ON L3V 7N6
Hours:  Monday – Friday  8:30am–4:30pm excluding holidays

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