I have a court date for a traffic ticket. What should I do?
Do not go to provincial court for an in-person hearing. These are very rare. There are limited reasons when the court might consider having an in-person hearing. For example if your request for an in-person hearing shows that:
- you have a disability that would make it difficult for you to have a remote hearing, or
- a remote hearing would be unfair because you don’t have a phone or reliable internet access
Most hearings are currently being held remotely by phone or video conference. This includes both trial and non-trial proceedings such as guilty pleas, first appearances, and adjournments. You will get a notice of your new court date by mail and instructions about how to attend. Make sure the court has your current contact information.
For more information, contact your local courthouse.
There was an emergency government order that stopped some time limits between March 16 to September 14, 2020. The provincial court then extended this to February 26, 2021. This means if you received a ticket or notice after March 1, 2020, you had until February 26, 2021 to decide how to proceed. The time limits will return to normal as of February 27, 2021.
Provincial court has also postponed appeals scheduled from March 16, 2020 to April 9, 2021. The earliest these will start is April 12, 2021.
Contact your local courthouse for more information.