Provincial Offences Office
Norfolk County has received reports of fraudulent phone calls being received by residents in nearby municipalities purporting to be from that area’s Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court. The message asks residents to call the POA courthouse or press 2 and indicates they are going to be arrested for unpaid fines and fraud. A live person then advises them that they are from Revenue Canada or the police and tells them they will be arrested. While there’s no indication that this scam is currently in use in Norfolk County, should you receive such a message, please ignore it.
In 1997, Bill 108 (The Streamlining of Administration of the Provincial Offences Act, 1997) was enacted and provided the framework for the transfer of responsibility and administration of parts of the POA and POA Courts to Ontario municipalities. Since that time, a number of such transfers have occurred across the province. On March 26, 2001, the responsibility for POA administration was transferred from the Ministry of the Attorney General to Norfolk County for all geographical areas within Norfolk County. The Ministry of the Attorney General retains responsibility for all other Court services, including Civil, Criminal, Family and Small Claims Court matters.
What is POA?
The POA is a procedural law for administering and prosecuting provincial offences including those committed under the Highway Traffic Act, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, the Trespass to Property Act, the Liquor Licence Act and other provincial legislation, municipal by-laws and minor federal offences. The POA governs all aspects of the legal prosecution process, from serving an offence notice to an accused person, to conducting trials, including sentencing and appeals.
- Affidavit of Service
- Application For Disclosure
- Motion for Adjournment
- Motion For Extension Of Time To Pay Fine
- Request For Transcript
Remote Audio Court Appearance
At this time all appearances will be by audio ONLY. Courts are currently closed until at least January 22, 2021 for all in-person appearances. Notices will be mailed to defendants advising of the remote audio appearance and conference call details. Email email@example.com or call 519-426-5870 ext. 2506 for information such as instructions for joining remote audio court appearances.
Instructions for Joining Remote Audio Court Appearance
To call in for a court matter:
– Call 226-400-9777 or 437-703-4466
– When promoted enter the Conference ID 863 646 997#
Please be patient as you may be on hold prior to being connected to the conference call.
All in-person Provincial Offences Act (POA) matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including January 22, 2021 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled in-person during this time, do not attend court in-person. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario.
The Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice has made an order pursuant to s. 85 of the Provincial Offences Act extending most timelines under the Act until February 26, 2021. Please find the Order here .
The Norfolk County Provincial Offences Act Office is located at:
Robinson Administration Building
185 Robinson Street, Suite 100
Simcoe, ON N3Y 5L6
Telephone Number: 519-426-5870 x2506
Fax Number: 519-427-5900
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays
For General Inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Method Of Payment
Our office accepts payments by cash, cheque made payable to Norfolk County (over $1,000.00 certified), debit, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Payments may be made in person, by mail to the address below, by fax at 519-427-5900 or by phone at 519-426-5870 x2506. Part 1 and Part 3 tickets may also be paid on-line (in full) at www.paytickets.ca.
Payments can also be made at any POA office in Ontario.
Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases
For more information on the Provincial Offences Case process, please visit the Ontario Court of Justice’s Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases.
Case Status Lookup
You can check the status of all tickets or fines, issued under the Provincial Offences Act.
You cannot check the status of tickets or fines for:
- criminal matters
- parking tickets
- cases under appeal
- cases with publication bans
- charges involving anyone under 16 years of age
For more information, visit POA Online Services