This is a criminal offence that is committed when a person is compelled to appear in court but fails to do so without a lawful excuse. A person can be compelled to appear in court by an appearance notice, an undertaking, or a recognizance, or by being bound over by a judge.
You could be charged with “failure to comply with a demand” if you refuse to do something that the police have the right to tell you to do. For example, you could be charged if:
A family arbitration award is the decision that an arbitrator makes after hearing from both partners about their family law issues.
An arbitrator has to follow certain rules. For example, they have to keep a record of any notes they made during the arbitration. If these rules are followed, an arbitrator's award is enforceable. This means that the court can make a court order based on the family arbitration award, and that both partners must follow the order.
The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is a government agency that enforces child support and spousal support payments. They collect support directly from the person who has to pay support, keep a record of the amounts paid, and then pay that amount to the person who has to get support.
If your partner misses payments, the FRO can take action to enforce your court order or separation agreement on support payments. For example, the FRO can take money from their bank account, suspend their driver's licence, or start a court case that can put them in jail.
Family violence refers to the many different forms of abuse, neglect, or harm that an adult or child may experience in their close, personal relationships. It is also called domestic violence or partner abuse when one partner abuses the other partner.
Federal penitentiaries are run by the Government of Canada. They’re also called “correctional institutions”. People serving sentences of 2 years or longer are in these institutions or in halfway houses.
A Feeney warrant is a type of arrest warrant that gives the police the power to come onto your property, and into your home or business to arrest the person whose name is in the warrant.
Filing your court documents means giving your court forms and documents to a court clerk at the courthouse to add to your court file. Every court form you fill out and all relevant documents you want a judge to look at have to be filed in court.
Financial assistance is money you get from Ontario Works (OW) to help pay for living expenses, like housing and food.
It also helps pay for some prescription drugs and may help pay for some dental services. And some people can get:
- extra money to help pay for a special diet
- other benefits, such as costs for travelling to medical appointments