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Provincial offences are minor non-criminal offences, such as traffic violations. These offences are dealt with in the Ontario Court of Justice by a judge or a justice of the peace.

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A psychiatric assessment is when a psychiatrist observes and listens to a person to figure out if the person has any mental health issues. An assessment is not the same thing as treatment. Treatment involves trying to improve the person's health or stop the person's health from getting worse. But an assessment only involves figuring out whether or not there are health issues. It doesn't involve treating health issues.

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A psychiatric facility is a place where patients are treated for their mental health. The health-care providers who work at psychiatric facilities usually have special training to work with mental health patients. For example, psychiatrists and psychologists. If a psychiatric patient needs to be detained, they're usually detained in a psychiatric facility.

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A psychiatric patient is a person who is being observed, cared for, or treated for their mental health in a psychiatric facility. Some psychiatric patients may be able to live at home and visit the psychiatric facility when they need to. Some psychiatric patients may need to be detained at the psychiatric facility.

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Public records are documents or information that anyone can search for and find.

For example, when you file for bankruptcy, this information becomes a “public record”. Consumer reporting agencies, like Equifax and TransUnion, get this information. And anyone else can pay a small fee and do a search to find bankruptcy records.

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