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Title: summons
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A document that requires a person charged with an offence to appear in court at a certain time and place. If you do not appear in court on the date and time given in your summons, you can be charged with the criminal offence failure to appear.

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A summons is a legal document that requires a witness to come to a trial or a hearing on a specific date to tell their part of the story.

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The Superior Court of Justice deals with civil cases and serious criminal cases. Cases that are tried before a judge and jury are heard in the Superior Court of Justice. Judges in the Superior Court of Justice also deal with appeals from decisions made by the Ontario Court of Justice on criminal cases. All civil cases are heard in the Superior Court of Justice, except family law cases within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Court of Justice.

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The new term for supervised access is supervised parenting time  for most family law cases. If you have a child protection case, the term supervised access may still be used.

Supervised parenting time is a kind of parenting time when someone else watches a parent's visits with their child. This might be another relative like the child's grandparent or uncle, or it might be someone from an agency like the Children's Aid Society. The purpose of supervised parenting time is usually to make sure the child is safe.

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A supervised access exchange is when someone watches a parent pick up or drop off the child, but does not watch the access visit. Its purpose is usually to reduce conflict between the parents, or to protect one parent from being abused by the other parent.

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Supervised parenting time is a kind of parenting time when someone else watches a parent's visits with their child. This might be another relative like the child's grandparent or uncle, or it might be someone from an agency like the Children's Aid Society. The purpose of supervised parenting time is usually to make sure the child is safe.

Supervised parenting time is sometimes called supervised access .

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A supervision order is when the court decides that your child can live with you, another parent, or a caregiver, but that the Children’s Aid Society has to regularly check that your child is being cared for.

A supervision order can last between 3 and 12 months. And it can include a number of conditions, such as you:

  • get tested for drugs regularly
  • go for counselling
  • go to parenting classes

 

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This is a person who helps you get bail by agreeing to supervise you while you are on bail. This includes making sure you do not commit any more crimes and that you go to court as required. A surety must pledge money as security for your release. If you fail to comply with a condition of your bail, your surety may lose the money they pledged.

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A surety warrant is a type of arrest warrant that is issued when your surety cancels your bail. A surety warrant gives the police the power to arrest you. Your surety can cancel your bail at any time.

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Surplus Income Guidelines say how much money someone who’s filed for bankruptcy or their family can earn before they have to make surplus income payments. The money that a family or person makes over the guidelines is called surplus income.

The guidelines change each year based on what the government sets as the cost of living.

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