These charges include Highway Traffic Act charges, Liquor License Act charges, Municipal By-laws, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ministry of Transportation Charges.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Provincial Offences Act (POA) in- person proceedings scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, October 16, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. 

If you have a proceeding scheduled during this time, do not attend court.    A notice of the new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

           (If your address has changed since you received your charge please contact our office         immediately to provide your change of address.) 

**Before attending your new court date or any previously scheduled court date, please call our office as procedures have changed, and we might be able to deal with your matter without the need for you to attend. 

If you would like to discuss possible resolution with the prosecutor, please call 519-352-8484 and ask to speak to the prosecutor or case management.  You may do this even if you have not received a notice of trial yet.

If you would like to pay your fine you can do so by one of the following methods:

  • Online at www.paytickets.ca.;
  • Over the phone by calling our office at 519-352-8484;  
  • Mailing your payment to the address on the back of your ticket;
  • Attending our office or a Chatham-Kent Municipal Service Centre;
  • Note as well that payments and documents such as requests for trial, can be left in our drop-box by the front door.

  • If your driver's licence is suspended, payment can be made at any Service Ontario location for immediate reinstatement  

Important: Do not come into a courthouse or any Municipal Service Centre if you have been advised by public health officials, your doctor, or the Ontario Ministry of Health website to self-isolate, or if you are feeling ill, have a fever, or any of the COVID-19 symptoms.  Please do not come into the courthouse if you know or believe that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you have any questions please call our office at 519-352-8484.  Thank you for your co-operation.  

Applications for Extension of Time to Pay, Appeals and ReOpenings:

Please call 519-352-8484 to speak to a clerk, or download the application from our website: 

Chatham Provincial Offences Court under 'Useful Links'

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (excluding holidays)

Court Proceedings – Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 AM

Walk-in guilty pleas - Wednesday 9:00 AM 

FOLLOW your case Online:

After you have filed your ticket with the court, you can follow your case Online at:                               ontario.ca/ticketsandfines 

 

Guide for Defendants at:  www.ontariocourts.ca 

 

Court Closures For 2020

Statutory Holidays

January 1st (New Years Day)

February 17th (Family Day)

April 10th (Good Friday)

April 13th (Easter Monday)

May 18th (Victoria Day)

July 1st (Canada Day)

August 3rd (Civic Day)

September 7th (Labour Day)

October 12th (Thanksgiving Day)

November 11th (Remembrance Day)

December 25th (Christmas Day)

Judicial Conference For 2020 - No Justice of the Peace available

April 21st and 22nd

May 12th and 13th

June 30th

August 4th and 5th

October 20th and 21st

November 3rd and 4th

December 22nd through to December 31 (Christmas Holidays)

Rules
During courtroom proceedings, the following rules must be followed:

  • No hats or sunglasses
  • No food or drink
  • No cell phones or pagers
  • No newspapers or magazines
  • Appropriate attires
  • Address the presiding Justice of the Peace as “Your Worship"

Trial Co-ordination

  • Trial options and Re-opening applications are addressed in our Frequently Asked Questions

  • Request for Disclosure or to schedule a Resolution meeting - Case Management - 519. 352.6736 Ext. 4020
  • For Part 3 disclosure and Part 3 resolution - Crown’s Office - 519.355.2240
  • Trial Interpreter - 519.352.8484

Transcript Cost

  • $4.30 per page of original transcript
  • $0.55 per page for additional copies

Note: A $50.00 deposit is required at the time the transcript is ordered and any outstanding balance must be paid before the transcript is released.

Contact the Court Reporter – 519.352.8484 x 4011  

Suspensions & Appeals

See Frequently Asked Questions

Collections

Geoff Beckett - 519.352.8484 x4017 email:  geoffb@chatham-kent.ca 

Complaint Process

We are committed to delivering excellent service to everyone using the Provincial Offenses Court. To ensure that we are providing excellent service, we would like to hear from you if in your opinion this standard was not provided. You can voice your complaint regarding specific issues as follows:

If you have a complaint that concerns the administration at Provincial Offences Court, please contact the Manager of Provincial Offences by using one of the following methods to voice your complaint:

Manager Provincial Offences Court, Chatham-Kent
21633 Communication Rd
RR#5
Blenheim, ON N0P 1A0

                           Pay Tickets On-Line

                                                    www.paytickets.ca 

    The Municipality of Chatham-Kent has introduced a convenient option for payment of tickets issued under the Provincial Offences Act in Chatham-Kent, including Ontario Highway Traffic tickets, Liquor License Act tickets and many Provincial statutes. Teranet and the Royal Bank partnered to develop the software in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and all information entered on the site is secure.

    Users key in the 19-digit ticket number, and may use their Visa or MasterCard to pay the fine amount which is displayed once the Provincial Ministry confirms the ticket number. There is a user fee of $3.00 for the transaction. 

     VISA/DEBIT cards not accepted


    Useful Links

     Disclosure Form.pdf

    Transcript Order Form POC

    Extension of Time to Pay Form

    Reopening Package

     (FORM 3) Missing Documentation.pdf

    Replacement of Missing Offence Notice (Form 4)

    Notice of Intention to Appear (Form 8)

    Credit Card payment form


    Provincial Offences Court Frequently Asked Questions

    The Provincial Offences Court is the place for:

    • Payment of provincial offences fines
    • Provincial offences trials
    • Walk-in pleas of guilty
    • Filing of re-openings
    • General inquiries about provincial offences. 

    What are provincial offences?

    Provincial offences are non-criminal charges, primarily laid by the police, including those committed under the following:

    • Highway Traffic Act
      • Speeding, careless driving, seat belt offences
    • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
      • e.g.  Fail to surrender your insurance card, operate motor vehicle with no insurance
    • Liquor License Act
      • e.g.  Intoxicated in a public place, sell alcohol to a minor
    • Trespass to Property Act
      • e.g. Enter premises when entry is prohibited, fail to leave premises when directed to do so
    • Chatham-Kent by-laws
      • e.g.  Offences under smoking, noise, taxi and animal care by-laws

    ***NOTE: For access to the consolidated laws of Ontario (including all Provincial Offences), visit the e-laws web site.

    Most provincial offence charges result in out-of-court fine payments. Citizens issued with provincial offence tickets should read them carefully for a complete list of their payment and trial options.

    What are the different types of provincial offence notices?

    There are three different types of provincial offences notices:

    • Part I notice is a ticket that is issued to an individual usually at the time of the offence
    • Part II notice is a parking infraction
    • Part III notice is a summons to attend a court date

    Who can give out provincial offences notices or tickets?

    There are a number of different types of charges under the Provincial Offences Act. There are many enforcement agencies in Chatham-Kent, who can issue you a ticket, including:

    • Chatham-Kent By-law Enforcement
    • Chatham-Kent Fire Department
    • Chatham-Kent Police Service
    • Ontario Provincial Police
    • Ministry of Transportation
    • Ministry of Environment
    • Ministry of Labour
    • Ministry of Natural Resources
    • Ministry of Health
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
    • Canadian National Rail Police
    • Canadian Pacific Rail Police

    How many days do I have to respond once I receive a provincial offences ticket?

    Once given a Part I ticket with a fine amount indicated at the bottom of the ticket, you must choose one of the three options explained on the back of the ticket within 15 days of receiving the ticket.

    Option 1

    Plea of Guilty - Payment out of Court

    Admit guilt by paying the "total payable" amount indicated at the bottom of the ticket.

    Payments can be made online at www.paytickets.ca

    Option 2

    To plead guilty with an explanation

    Plead guilty and you explain your financial ability to pay the fine to the Justice of the Peace. He/she may be able to lower the fine amount depending upon the nature of the charge or give you more time to pay the fine. Option 2 is also called a “walk-in guilty plea” and can only be done on the days and times that are shown on the back of your ticket. Please bring your ticket with you. When choosing this option, please note that the Justice of the Peace cannot reduce the charge; e.g., a speeding charge of 20 kilometres over the limit cannot be reduced to 15 kilometres, and he/she cannot remove or reduce the demerit points to be applied. Demerit points are applied by the Ministry of Transportation.

    Option 3

    Trial Option

    This is your notice of intention to appear in court. If you wish to plead not guilty or plead guilty to a lesser charge, you will need to sign your name under Option 3 on the back of your yellow Provincial Offences Notice (PON) and verify your address shown on the front. You must indicate in which language you wish the trial to be held or if you will need an interpreter. You can either bring your PON to our office or mail it to us. Do not wait too long to send it in or you will be automatically convicted before we receive it. If your address is different than on the ticket or will be in the next few weeks then you must notify us so that your Notice of Trial will go to the proper address. If an agent is representing you at trial, you must authorize the court, in writing, to mail the Notice of Trial to the representative.

    The Trial Coordinator will send you a Notice of Trial in the mail, usually 6-8 weeks after we receive your request for trial. If you do not receive a trial notice within this period, please contact the Trial Coordinator at 519.352.8484, ext. 4007. You may choose to hire a lawyer or paralegal to represent you at this trial or you may choose to represent yourself. If you do not appear in person at your trial, you will be deemed not to dispute the charge and will be sentenced in your absence. Court costs will apply.

    If you receive a ticket (Part I or Part III) with a court date written at the bottom of the ticket (summons to court) and there is no fine amount, you must appear in person in court on the date and time shown. If you do not appear, a trial will be scheduled to proceed without you or a warrant could be issued for your arrest.

    What if I need more time to pay my fine?

    Once your ticket is convicted and if you need more time to pay the fine, you may fill out a form for an extension of time to pay. This form is available at any provincial offences office in Ontario.

    I have a trial date set but I can't make it, how do I reschedule it?

    If you cannot attend your trial date, at least two weeks before the trial date, you need to file a motion to change the date. You will need to fill out forms stating when you will attend to present your motion to the court and why you are unable to attend your original trial date. These forms are at our office.

    I did not receive a notice of trial but I requested one; and I just found out that I'm already convicted. Can I still have a trial?

    You would need to file Reopening documents to have the case reopened. You can obtain the proper forms under the 'Useful Links' or by contacting any provincial offence court office.

    I don't agree with the outcome of my trial, how do I get a new one?

    If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your trial, you will need to complete the forms for Appeal.  Appeals are NOT filed at this office.  They are filed with the Ontario Court of Justice at the following address:

    Chatham Courthouse
    425 Grand Ave W
    Chatham, ON N7M 6M8

    The fine must be paid in full first. You will need to complete all necessary appeal forms (available at 425 Grand Ave W or at our office) and submit them to the Appeal Court within 15 days after you are convicted for Part I and Part II tickets or 30 days after you are convicted for a Part III summons. A Notice of Time and Place for your appeal hearing will be mailed to you.

    Why has my parking ticket increased in cost?

    If ticket fine is not paid within 60 days, you are automatically convicted, a $16.00 cost is added to the fine and they are payable at the Chatham-Kent Provincial Offences Office or any Chatham-Kent Municipal Centre. If you fail to pay parking tickets, the Ministry of Transportation will deny your plate renewal until you do pay those tickets at the Provincial Offences Office. Your fine will now include another $40.00 fee (plate denial costs) in addition to the already increased fine.

    I have a concern about receiving a parking ticket.  Whom do I talk to about that?

    Contact Customer Service at the Civic Centre at 519.360.1998 or email us at ckinfo@chatham-kent.ca.

    I just found out that my driver's license is suspended. Why? How do I get it back?

    If you fail to pay a Part I or Part III fine by your due date, and you have not requested an extension of time to pay, your driver's license will be suspended and a $40.00 fee is added to your fine. The Ministry of Transportation will notify you of this suspension by a registered letter. In order to get your driver's license reinstated, you will first need to pay all fines that are holding it under suspension at any Provincial Offences Office. Take your receipt and go to any Driver and Vehicle License Issuing Office, show them the receipt and pay them the $198.00 reinstatement fee. Your license should be reinstated within 3-5 business days and you will receive it back in the mail. You should check with the Ministry of Transportation before you start driving.

    ***NOTE: In Chatham-Kent, the applicable Driver and Vehicle License Issuing Office is located at: 
    8-455 Grand Ave E Chatham Ontario

    I'm from out of town but want to exercise Option #2 (Walk-In Guilty Plea) or Option #3 – Trial Option. Can I attend at the courthouse where I live?

    No, the Province requires that all court options are dealt with in the jurisdiction where the offence occurred.

    Why are there two amounts on my ticket?

    At the bottom of every ticket, there are two different amounts shown; the set fine and the total payable. The total payable consists of the set fine, court costs and the Victim Fine Surcharge.

    The set fine is ordered by the chief Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice as an amount payable by the defendant in lieu of attending court to contest the charge.

    Court costs are an amount to be paid by the defendant for the service of the offence notice and/or summons and upon conviction of an offence. The costs are authorized by Section 60 of the Provincial Offences Act and the amount is set by regulation.

    The Victim Fine Surcharge is imposed by the Provincial government and is added to every fine imposed under the Provincial Offences Act. The amount of the Victim Fine Surcharge is variable, and is based on the amount of the set fine. Proceeds from the surcharge are used to maintain and expand provincial services to victims of crime. The surcharge will be enforced in the same manner as a fine. When you send in your fine payment, send in the Total Payable amount.

    Repercussions of Neglected Fines

    It doesn't pay to neglect your responsibility of paying your fines. Ignoring them won't make them go away. Neglected fines can lead to more problems such as:

    • additional court and administrative costs ($5.00 - $40.00)defaulted fines (collection agencies)
    • credit problems (remains on your credit history for 7 years)
    • license suspension ($198.00 reinstatement fee to Ministry of Transportation)
    • plate denial costs ($40.00).
    • Collection, fees agency