Can I have my provincial offences trial in French?
Question & AnswerCan I have my provincial offences trial in French?
Provincial Court deals with matters such as traffic tickets, speeding tickets, trespass, and noise complaints. A provincial offence is not a “crime” under criminal law. You will not get a criminal record for a provincial offence. But you might get a fine and sometimes even jail time.
The Provincial Offences Act says that if you live in Ontario and speak French, you have the right to have non-jury proceedings in French. These are called “bilingual proceedings”. The Act does not use the words “French proceedings” or a “French trial”.
You also have the right to bilingual proceedings for other parts of your case, such as motions, pre-trials, and conferences.
This applies to all Provincial Offences Act proceedings at the:
- Ontario Court of Justice
- Superior Court of Justice
- Court of Appeal for Ontario