Provincial Offences court matters being rescheduled amid COVID-19 pandemic

The United Counties of SDG building as it appeared in 2017, with stucco-covered Visitor's Centre (former Warden's Residence) visible at the left side of the frame. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to and including Friday, April 3, 2020, will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date, says the United Counties of SDG.

“If you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the court,” says SDG in a press release issued yesterday evening.

Those seeking more information are advised to contact their local Provincial Offences court. (See contact information for
all municipal courts here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/ )

The scope of dates affected also stretches to April 23 in some cases, as the Chief Justice has made an order pursuant to s. 85 extending certain timelines for the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act until April 23, 2020. SDG says the following timelines have been extended: Sections 5(6), 5.1(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 that order is available on the Ontario Court of Justice website now and is set to be posted at POA court offices “as soon as practicable.”

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