Advisory

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.

History

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.

Court Forms

 

Remote Audio Court Appearance

At this time all appearances will be by audio ONLY. Courts are currently closed for all in-person appearances. Notices will be mailed to defendants advising of the remote audio appearance and conference call details.

If you have received notice of an audio court appearance and will be unable to connect (e.g., if you do not have the appropriate technology or would like to request an accessible format or communication support), please contact poa@norfolkcounty.ca or call 519-426-5870 ext. 2506.

Instructions for Joining Remote Audio Court Appearance

To call in for a court matter:

–       Call 226-400-9777 or 437-703-4466

–       When prompted enter the Conference ID 863 646 997#

Please be patient as you may be on hold prior to being connected to the conference call.

To ensure participation in remote hearings is as effective as possible, participants should follow these guidelines. The directions of the presiding judicial official should always be followed.

  1. No recording/photographs/live streaming. It is an offence under section 136 of the Courts of Justice Act, and may constitute contempt of court, to record, photograph, publish or broadcast court proceedings without express permission of the presiding judicial official.
  2. Identify yourself. 
  3. Wait for your case to be called. The Court may have multiple cases scheduled. Please be patient and wait until the Court is ready to address your case.
  4. Mute your microphone. Until your case is addressed by the court, mute your microphone. This will minimize background noise.
  5. Identify yourself when speaking. It is important that the Court knows the identity of all participants. State your name before you speak. Please speak clearly and slowly. Remember to unmute before speaking.
  6. Getting disconnected from the hearing. If you lose the connection to the hearing, you should immediately try to rejoin the hearing.

Ticket Options

Within 15 days of receiving your ticket, you must select one of the three options shown on your offence notice. If you do not exercise one of the three options within 15 days of receiving the offence notice, you will be deemed not to dispute the charge and a Justice of the Peace may enter a conviction against you in your absence. Upon conviction additional costs will be added to the total payable.

Due to COVID-19 all court matters at this time will be held remotely. Contact our office for further information.

Ontario Court of Justice Notices and Orders

The Notice Regarding Public and Media Access to Ontario Court of Justice Proceedings during COVID-19 Pandemic applies to POA proceedings. As a result, the public, including the media, may request access to remote court proceedings from the court office that is facilitating the proceeding.

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 .

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.

All in-person Provincial Offences court matters will be rescheduled and held by remote hearings. DO NOT ATTEND COURT IN-PERSON. A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court.

If you require an accessible format or communication support, please contact poa@norfolkcounty.ca or call 519-426-5870 ext. 2506.

Location

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

Available to serve you weekdays in-person from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For General Inquiries, please email: poa@norfolkcounty.ca

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