Peace Bond Information
A peace bond is a court order that requires another person to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour” and obey conditions such as not to contact you or your children or to come near your property. Please see below for more information. A Peace Bond Guide and Peace Bond Form are also available on this page.
What is a Peace Bond?
A peace bond is a court order that requires another person to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour” and obey conditions such as not to contact you or your children or to come near your property. The peace bond can be in place for up to one year. The person who enters into a peace bond does not receive a criminal record. However, if one of the conditions imposed is breached, the person may be charged with a criminal offence.
A peace bond is NOT a restraining order. Restraining orders are obtained through the Family Court for married, separated, divorced or common-law couples. A peace bond Information is NOT an Information alleging that another person has committed a criminal act. That is a different process.
Can I Apply for a Peace Bond?
You, or someone on your behalf, can apply for a peace bond if you have reasonable grounds to fear that another person will cause injury to you, your spouse or your child, or will damage your property, or if you reasonably fear that someone will publish, distribute or sell an intimate image of you without your consent. The person who applies for the peace bond is called the “informant”. The person you are trying to get a peace bond against is called the “defendant”.
Can I get a Peace Bond today?
No. There are steps that have to take place before a peace bond is issued. You will be required to come to court on one or more occasions as explained below.