There is a section in the Provincial Offences Act that appears to facilitate this type of trial in "prescribed parts of Ontario". The intention seems good, until you find out that there are NO "prescribed parts of Ontario" that allow it, LOL.hwybear wrote:The thought of sending in a certified statement is excellent.
Tried it once with a co-worker. Shot down in flames. Pled down to a lesser charge.
Dispute without appearance, prescribed parts of Ontario
6. (1) Where an offence notice is served on a defendant whose address as shown on the certificate of offence is outside the county or district in which the office of the court specified in the notice is situate, and the defendant wishes to dispute the charge but does not wish to attend or be represented at a trial, the defendant may do so by signifying that intention on the offence notice and delivering the offence notice to the office of the court specified in the notice together with a written dispute setting out with reasonable particularity the defendantÃ¢Â€Â™s dispute and any facts upon which the defendant relies.
(2) Where an offence notice is delivered under subsection (1), a justice shall, in the absence of the defendant, consider the dispute and,
(a) where the dispute raises an issue that may constitute a defence, direct a hearing; or
(b) where the dispute does not raise an issue that may constitute a defence, convict the defendant and impose the set fine.
(3) Where the justice directs a hearing under subsection (2), the court shall hold the hearing and shall, in the absence of the defendant, consider the evidence in the light of the issues raised in the dispute, and acquit the defendant or convict the defendant and impose the set fine or such lesser fine as is permitted by law.
Application of section
(4) This section applies in such part or parts of Ontario as are prescribed by the regulations. R.S.O. 1990, c. P.33, s. 6.