Your options are explained on either the back or along the right hand side of your offence notice or summons.
i. Pay the ticket
Sector 2 of your ticket will indicate if you have the option to pay your ticket instead of going to court. This is called the voluntary payment amount. Making the payment means you acknowledge guilt for the charge indicated on the ticket and you do not need to go to court to admit to it.
For more information or to make a payment please go to Pay A Provincial Fine. If the payment has not reached the court office prior to the court date, the ticket needs to be dealt with in court.
ii. Talk to the judge or justice of the peace about the ticket
The court location, date and time will be shown on the ticket. You or another person who you have asked to speak for you may appear at the indicated court location, date and time to speak about the charge.
If you have received an offence notice there is an option that reads, "I choose to plead guilty to this offence but wish to make submissions as authorized by section 21 of The Summary Offences Procedure Act, 1990." This means you may appear in court to tell the judge or justice you are guilty and explain your situation and then ask the judge or justice to consider giving you more time to pay the fine and / or a fine that is lower than what is on the ticket.
If you are not able to attend on the court date shown on the ticket you may fill out the "Plea of Guilty Form" and mail it to the Fine Collection Branch address at least 30 days before the court date. The court will contact you with a new court date so you can speak to a judge or justice about the ticket.
iii. Plead not guilty and go to trial
To enter a plea of not guilty for the charge on your ticket you may appear in court on the indicated date and enter your plea with the court. A date will be set for your trial.
If your ticket is an offence notice, you have the option of filling out the "Plea of Not Guilty Form" on the ticket and mailing it to the Fine Collection Branch 30 days before the court date shown on the ticket. You will receive a letter with your trial date, location and time.
Trial dates are set in the future to ensure adequate court time is available to hear the trial. This also allows you and the prosecutor with sufficient time to prepare and have any witnesses arranged. You may wish to contact the prosecutor's office at (306) 787-5490 to discuss your charges prior to court.