Provincial Offences Office Closed to Public
March 20, 2020
Effective Friday March 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm the Provincial Offences Office will no longer be open to the public.
If you require assistance please contact us at 519-524-8394 ext 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provincial Offences is operating, other than at the counter, and are available to help with your questions; concerns and payments.
Provincial Offences Courts Closed
All Provincial Offences Courts are closed effective March 16 to May 29, 2020.
If you have a court date between now and May 29: Please do not attend court
Your court date will be adjourned and rescheduled for a future date yet to be determined. You will be notified of your next court appearance.
We do encourage you to utilize our remote options where possible:
If you are looking to make a payment:
- We recommend you to utilize paytickets.ca
- We also accept telephone payments. Our phone number is 519-524-8394 ext 2
If you are looking to file materials with the Court:
We accept electronic filing. Our email address is email@example.com
For other issues and general inquiries, please contact us via email or telephone.
Notice to Public Regarding Provincial Offences Act Matters
March 23, 2020
All Provincial Offences Act matters (e.g., traffic tickets and offences under provincial legislation) scheduled until May 29, 2020 will be rescheduled. Do not attend court.
All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. This applies to all POA courts in Ontario.
A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court. For more information, please contact your local Provincial Offences court.
Contact information for all municipal courts is available here: www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/
The following timelines have been extended:
Sections 5(6), 5.1(2)(b), 5.1(12), 9(1)(a), 11(1), 11(4), 17.1(6.1), 18(1), 18.1(5), 18.2(1), 18.3(1), 19, 66(1), 69(1), 116(2)(a), 116(3) and 135(2) of the Provincial Offences Act, and sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Rules of the Ontario Court (General Division) and the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) in Appeals Under Section 116 of the Provincial Offences Act, O. Reg. 723/94.
A copy of the order is available on the Ontario Court of Justice website. It will also be available at all POA court offices as soon as practicable.
Please also be advised that the Government of Ontario made an order pursuant to s. s. 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), suspending any limitation periods in statutes and regulations for the duration of the State of Emergency. This will impact timelines under the Provincial Offences Act and related proceedings. A copy of the order is available online at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200073
Provincial Offences Administration
The County’s Provincial Offences Administration office is responsible for the administration of the County’s court services including setting trial dates and collection of fines laid under the Provincial Offences Act (POA).
Provincial Offences are non-criminal charges and include fines issued under the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, Trespass to Property Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Other charges under Provincial Offences jurisdiction include contravention to municipal by-laws and minor federal statutes such as Fish and Game.
The Provincial Offences Administration is a division of the Treasury Department.
Offices are located at:
Provincial Offences Office
County of Huron Court House, Lower Level
1 Courthouse Square
Goderich, ON N7A 1M2
Phone: 519.524.8394 ext. 2/ Fax: 519.524.2044
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (excluding holidays)
Payments can be made by: Cash, Debit, VISA, MasterCard, Money Order or personal cheque. Please make payable to: Treasurer, County of Huron. NOTE: Post dated cheques WILL NOT be accepted.
At the County of Huron POA Department in the lower level of the Huron County Court House, 1 Courthouse Square, Goderich, ON.
Send payment (DO NOT send cash in the mail) to:
County of Huron – Provincial Offences Office
1 Courthouse Square
Goderich, ON N7A 1M2
Provincial Offences Act (POA) violations can be paid online using paytickets.ca.
Out of Town Payments
Payments can also be made at any Provincial Offences Office in Ontario. Please call and verify with your local POA office prior to using this option, as there may be restrictions in place.
For payment inquiries, always refer to your TICKET NUMBER, CASE NUMBER, or DRIVER’S LICENCE NUMBER; if calling, have this information available for reference.
Returned Cheques (NSF) and Credit Card Reversals
All returned cheques and credit card reversals are subject to a $35.00 fee.
Past Due Payments
If you are paying outside of the prescribed time you may have incurred extra fees and your licence may be suspended and/or collection proceedings may have commenced. Please verify your outstanding amount with the Court Office if you are not paying within the prescribed time.
If you have a Notice of Suspension please note that the $180.00 reinstatement fee is NOT payable to the Court Office. This fee MUST be paid to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) prior to any reinstatement of the licence; failure to pay will cause the licence to remain suspended. The reinstatement process takes 3-5 business days. The FINES affecting the licence ARE payable at the Court Office and not at MTO offices.