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Going to court

How to present yourself in court

You should be dressed cleanly and neatly for your court appearance.
  • No hats, sunglasses, gum, food, or drinks
  • Cell phones and audio and video recording devices must be turned OFF
  • You cannot wear shorts, cut-offs, revealing clothing, or clothing with slanderous/political comments
  • Refrain from bringing small children 
  • The Justice of the Peace should be addressed as "Your Worship"

Court starts at 10:00 a.m. sharp and you must arrive on time

Your case will be heard in sequence with other cases for the day- this order is deemed by the Prosecutor. Prepare to stay the full day.

Speaking to a Prosecutor

Check in with POA Court office on arrival and take a number. Numbers are handed out on a first come, first serve basis. You are not obligated to speak to the Prosecutor. 

Request Disclosure

The Prosecutor's Office will provide disclosure, which may include a copy of the officer's notes, witness statements, and/or accident reports, if they are applicable to your charge. To request disclosure, email disclosure@oxfordcounty.ca.  You must include your offence number, your full name and the date you are to appear for Early Resolution or Trial.  Please allow 30 days for your disclosure request to be processed.  If your court date is less than 30 days from the date of your request for disclosure you are not guaranteed to receive disclosure prior to your appearance date.

Obtain legal representation

Under no circumstance will the Prosecutor or any Provincial Offences employee give you legal advice about the rules of the court, conduct of your case, the probability of your success, or the consequences of conviction. It is recommended that you obtain your own legal representation or advice. There is no free Duty Counsel for Provincial Offences. 

Know your rights

Before you come to court, know the rules of the trial court “(the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, C.P.33 and Regulation 200 of the Courts of Justice Act )” and your legal rights in advance.  


Need more information? Read the Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases