City of Toronto Court Services is beginning a phased approach to reopening starting on September 14 and will schedule additional remote non-trial hearings starting September 28. Effective today, residents can submit requests for appointments for when Toronto Court Services counters reopen at 1530 Markham Rd., 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. and 60 Queen St. W.
Individuals wishing to book an appointment should email POACourt@toronto.ca and include the word “Appointment” in the subject line. Appointments may also be booked by phone at 416-338-7320. Appointments will be booked for one to two weeks later. Where possible, prior to booking an appointment, consider online services such as payment and filing a request for an early resolution meeting, or filing a court application by email or mail.
The previous extension of time limits under the Provincial Offences Act, including the time limits to exercise the options on the back of a Provincial Offences ticket received on or after March 1, 2020, will expire on September 11, 2020. Drivers who received a ticket in the past six months will have 15 days starting from September 14 to exercise one of the options on the back of the ticket. Attendance in person to request a trial is not required. Requests for trial can be made by email or mail by completing a Notice of Intention to Appear (NIA) form and sending the completed NIA form to POACourt@toronto.ca or by mail to the address on the back of the Offence Notice. If a fine was due and payable on or after March 16, 2020, the time to pay fines resumes on September 14. Attendance in person to pay a fine is not required. Payments can be made online or by mail to the court address.
All online services remain available to the public, including access to court forms and making a payment https://www.toronto.ca/service
The health and safety of visitors to court locations is a top priority. Measures are in place to protect visitors including enhanced cleaning of court locations, hand sanitizer stations located throughout, installation of plexiglass barriers at counters to protect the public and employees, and physical distancing measures.
The number of people allowed in the location is limited. People should arrive early for their appointment and be prepared to line up. Anyone entering a court location will be required to wear a face covering.
More information about changes to Court Services and other City Services in response to COVID-19 is available online https://www.toronto.ca/home/co
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SOURCE: City of Toronto