TORONTO, Nov. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today
released its Final Report on Modernizing the Provincial Offences Act. It includes major reforms to significantly change the way in which
millions of provincial offences, including parking offences, are dealt
with in Ontario each year.
Over two million provincial charges are brought annually under statutes
governing public welfare matters such as traffic, liquor, occupational
health and safety and environmental protection, among others. Yet the
Act is unduly complex for the large majority of minor offences and it
makes little distinction among the vastly different types of charges
before the court. The LCO's key recommendations include:
Replacing Part II of the POA which deals with parking offences with
monetary penalties that could be disputed before a municipal hearings
officer. Court resources would be reserved for more serious and complex
Replacing a single trial process with two processes, depending on the
seriousness of the offence.
Providing clear sentencing principles to help the court render
appropriate and consistent sentences that will promote compliance with
Increasing the range of penalties available to be fairer to defendants
and more appropriate to the objective to be achieved in the sentence.
Making simple, plain language information guides available to
Identifying future initiatives relating to Aboriginal communities and
"The recommendations are designed to realize the principles of fairness,
accessibility, efficiency and proportionality," says Dr. Patricia
Hughes, Executive Director of the LCO.
Launched in September of 2007, the LCO operates independently of
government to make recommendations that enhance access to justice and
make laws more relevant and more efficient.
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SOURCE Law Commission of Ontario - LCO
For further information:
Patricia Hughes, Executive Director
Tel: (416) 650-8406 or toll free: 1 (866) 950-8406
TTY: 1 (877) 650-8082
Fax: (416) 650-8418