How the Small Claims Court Works in Ontario

What is Small Claims Court? The Small Claims Court is a civil court in Ontario that allows you to resolve disputes in a legal setting. These disputes revolve around matters where the monetary value sought does not exceed the amount of $35,000. The key purpose of the Small Claims Court is to place you back …
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First Appearance in Criminal Court in Ontario – What to Expect

What does a “First Appearance” mean? Your first appearance in Criminal Court is NOT your trial date. First appearances in Criminal Court are administrative in nature, it is the starting point of the Court proceeding process. This means that you will not be required to: Enter a plea of guilty or not guilty; Produce any …
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Can the OPP give me a ticket in London?

There is a common myth in Ontario that the OPP do not have authority to issue tickets in a city with its own police force. However, this is not true. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have jurisdiction across all of Ontario. Though they are most commonly seen on the highway, a police officer in Ontario …
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What if I committed a crime while I was drunk and I don’t remember?

In some cases, intoxication can be relevant to refute the mental or ‘mens rea’ element of a criminal offence. An important distinguishing factor in the defence of intoxication is whether a person was voluntarily intoxicated. If an accused unknowingly consumes an intoxicating substance or had an unexpected reaction to medication, this will be considered involuntary …
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