Important notice for Provincial Offences matters March 16 to September 11, 2020

Updated July 3, 2020

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Provincial Offences Court Administration Office and Prosecutions Office is closed to the public until further notice.

Remote judicial pre-trials will proceed as scheduled. Provincial Offences court dates between March 16 to September 11, 2020 are cancelled and to be rescheduled to a later date.

The Provincial Government has extended all time limits under the Provincial Offences Act until September 11, 2020.  This includes the time for you to exercise your options on the back of your ticket if you received a ticket on or after March 1, 2020.

I have a court date between March 16 and September 11. What do I do?

You will be notified if you are required to participate in a remote judicial pre-trial before September 11, including the date and time and the audio or video conference details.

Otherwise, do not attend court. Your court date will be adjourned and rescheduled to a new date. You will receive written notification of your next court appearance. Please see notices posted on the Ontario Court of Justice website, along with the order made by Chief Justice L. Maisonneuve.

Will my licence be suspended if my trial is postponed?

Not if your trial was scheduled between March 16 and September 11, 2020.  All legislative timelines were extended by the Chief Justice of Ontario.  However, if your fine was payable prior to March 15, 2020, you are required to pay your fine on time.

How can I submit a trial request?

Trial requests are accepted by:

  • Mail to: Ontario Court of Justice, 59 Carden Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 2Z9
  • Email trial requests to [email protected]
  • Drop off trial requests in drop-box at City Hall at 1 Carden Street (west entrance)

My ticket says I have to choose an option within 15 days. Can I get an extension?

All legislative timelines for tickets that have not expired prior to March 15, 2020 have been extended. Please contact the Guelph Provincial Offences Court at [email protected] or leave a message at 519-826-0762 for further information about your options.

How do I sign my documents if they require a signature?

The Ontario Court of Justice will accept electronically signed document where a signature is required.  An electronic signature consists of electronic information that identifies the signatory and the date and place of signing.  For example, you may type your name as the signature.

How do I make a payment?

  • Pay online at guelph.ca/court
  • Pay by mail:
    Ontario Court of Justice
    59 Carden Street
    Guelph, ON N1H 2Z9
  • Leave payment in drop-box at City Hall (west entrance)

How to I request a payment extension?

Download the request to extend time to pay application forms and email your application to [email protected] or mail to:
Ontario Court of Justice
59 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 2Z9

Can I complete my reopening application online?

Yes. You will need to download the application forms, have your affidavit affirmed by a commissioner for taking affidavit and either email your application to [email protected] or mail to:
Ontario Court of Justice
59 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 2Z9

What types of services are available online?

What types of services are available over the phone?

Telephone inquiries will not be answered during the court closure; however, we will respond to telephone messages.  Please contact the Guelph Provincial Offences Court at 519-826-0762.  Please note that returned calls may show up with “Caller id unknown” when we return your call.

We are experiencing many inquiries and are rescheduling a large number of court matters. Staff is working diligently to respond as quickly as possible, and we thank you for your patience during this time.

Resources

Ministry of the Attorney General Notification

For more information

Guelph Provincial Offences Office
519-826-0762
[email protected]