Court Services

A photo of the main entrance of the Barrie Courthouse, taken from the parking lot.

Members of the unit are led by the Courts Administrator and two Courts Sergeants. The unit consists of Police Constables, Special Constables, and an administrative team, whose responsibility it is to provide service in relation to court security, prisoner management, disclosure, court appearances, trial coordination, document services, bench warrants, dispositions, and updating criminal records.

Why do people go to court?

People attend the courthouse for various reasons, depending on the reason will determine which location you will need to attend.

Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court addresses Highway Traffic Act charges, Municipal by-law charges, and charges laid under all other provincial legislation, such as Liquor Licence and Control Act (LLCA), Trespass to Property Act (TPA), Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act (CAIA), and more. The Barrie POA courthouse location is indicated below and further information regarding the court process and case information in relation to POA Court can be accessed through the following links:

Criminal court addresses those who have been charged with a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada (CC), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), other Federal Statutes, or a combination thereof. However, it is not limited to those charged with an offence and often witnesses are required to attend court to give evidence in these matters. The Barrie Criminal courthouse location is indicated below and further information regarding the court process and case information in relation to Criminal Court can be accessed through the following links:

Court Locations

Provincial Offences Act (POA) Court

  • Located at 45 Cedar Pointe Dr, Barrie ON, L4N 5R7
  • Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Closed all statutory holidays)

Barrie Court House (Criminal Court, Family Court, Civil Court)

  • Located at 75 Mulcaster St, Barrie ON, L4M 3P2
  • Hour of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Closed all statutory holidays)
  • Criminal Court Office Counter Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 11:00 am and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Case Management Court

Details and information for attending Case Management Court can be found on your release documents and at the following link under Virtual Appearance Information. Please note that there are different call / log in details for Youth Case Management Court and Adult Case Management Court. You will need to select the appropriate type under the courtroom matter section.

Type of Release

Undertaking

  • Issued to the accused by a Police Officer when the accused is released
  • The undertaking will have a mandatory condition that the accused attend court at a time and place specified on the document and to attend afterwards as required by the court
  • Additional conditions can be outlined on the undertaking and are reasonable and specific in respect to the offence committed
    • Change of address, employment, or occupation
    • Abstain from communicating directly or indirectly with the victim and/or witness(es) noted on the undertaking
    • Geographical restrictions
    • Depositing your Passport
    • Residential requirements
    • Weapons prohibitions
    • Fines for failing to comply
  • Attendance for the purpose of Identification of Criminal Act
    • If required, a fingerprint date will also be noted on the undertaking and will be a separate date from your next court appearance
    • Failure to attend for finger prints can result in a warrant for your arrest

Recognizance

  • Issued to the accused by the presiding Jurist when released from court. Conditions are set by the court and can include pledging a sum of money to the court as a security for your release. Failing to comply with the recognizance forfeits this sum of money

Bail Hearing

  • The accused is brought before the court within 24 hours of arrest
  • The presiding Jurist determines whether the accused should be held in custody or allowed to go back into the community, with conditions, while the matter proceeds within the criminal court system
  • If released and bail conditions are not complied with it will result in being re-arrested and being held in custody for another bail hearing. Outstanding charges will be addressed including new charges for failing to comply

Surety

  • A person who attends court and promises to supervise an accused person while they are out on bail and ensure they follow all conditions of their release
  • Before becoming legally responsible for a person accused of an offence please review the Ontario Court website on the role of a surety, if you wish to revoke your status as a surety, and what will happen if the accused fails to comply with the conditions of the release

Document Service

The Witness Management Office is part of the Courts Unit and is responsible for serving a variety of court-related documents.

  • Subpoena
    • A subpoena is a court order compelling a person to appear in court. The specific date(s), time and location(s) are noted on the document. Failing to attend court once served with a subpoena can result in issuing a witness warrant for arrest.
    • While Barrie court matters are primarily addressed at the Barrie Courthouse, matters can be addressed at any of the satellite courthouses in the Simcoe / Muskoka area. If this circumstance applies the courthouse location(s) will be noted on the subpoena.
    • Court locations can be accessed through the following link:
  •  Summons
    • A summons is a court order compelling an accused to appear in court at a date and time specified on the document.
  • POA Summons
    • A POA summons is a court order compelling an accused or a witness to appear in court at a date and time specified on the document.

These documents are primarily served by a Special Constable, however, a Police officer can also serve these documents.

Personal Service: The court document is served in-person and by hand-delivering it directly on the person requested by the court

Alternate Service: The court document is served to a party who is at least 16 years of age and known to the person noted on the court document.

If a card has been left at your residence it indicates service of a court document has been attempted. It is important to make arrangements to receive your court documents as soon as possible as it relates to a court proceeding and could result in a criminal charge or fines if you ignore the document.

If you believe a card may have been left for you in error or if the named person is unknown please contact the number on the card.

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