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In-person Ontario Provincial Offences Act proceedings adjourned until January

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 11:13 AM | By John Schofield


The Ontario Court of Justice is adjourning all in-person Provincial Offences Act proceedings held in municipally administered provincial offences courts until Jan. 22, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Remote proceedings will continue and will be expanded across the province, according to an Oct. 14 notice to counsel, paralegals and members of the public.

“The court is working closely with its justice partners, including the Ministry of the Attorney General and representatives of provincial offences courts, to determine how technology can be used to increase participants’ ability to access courthouse services using remote means, such as by the electronic filing of court material, remote scheduling processes, and remote hearings,” says the notice. “The court is also working with justice partners to plan for the eventual resumption of in-person attendances in a way that protects the health and safety of all participants.”

The notice provides further details on limitation periods under the Provincial Offences Act, including scheduling directives, electronic signatures and the filing of POA appeals. Counsel, paralegals and other provincial offences court users are advised to check the Ontario Court of Justice website for updates.