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Important Notice for Provincial Offences Matters

Please note that in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The Chief Justice of Ontario has decided to cancel POA court dates between now and May 29. read below for further details. Due to reduced services protocol in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Hall is closed to visitors until at least April 5, 2020. This includes Provincial Offences (POA) in-person services.

If you have a court date between now and May 29:

  • Please do not attend court.
  • Your court date will be adjourned and rescheduled for a future date yet to be determined. You will be notified of your next court appearance.  

If you are looking to make a payment:

  • We can take credit card payments by phone or online via, we also process mail payments. 

For Court Questions or Applications:

  • You can call the general line at: 519-255-6555 or  you can email
  • As you can imagine, we are experiencing an influx of calls and are tasked with rescheduling a multitude of court matters all at once. Our staff are working diligently to respond as quickly as possible, and we thank you for your patience during this time.

Notice: Provincial Offences Temporary Court Location

  • The Provincial Offences Court (POA) office located at 251 Goyeau Street remains closed due to the fire at the Westcourt Place.
  • All court activity will now take place at 350 City Hall Square West until alternate arrangements can be made or a return to the Westcourt building can take place.

See complete details on the current closure and temporary relocation.

The Provincial Offences Act (POA) is a provincial statute that sets out procedures for the prosecution of offences under other provincial statutes and regulations and municipal by-laws. The Windsor/Essex Provincial Offences division provides for the prosecutorial and court administrative functions for all Provincial Offences matters on behalf of Windsor/Essex County Court Service Area, including enforcement, collection and distribution of fine revenues.

The POA provisions govern all aspects from serving notices to a defendant to conducting trials. Provincial Offences are non-criminal charges, covering over 120 different Acts primarily issued by the police, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Highway Traffic Act - includes speeding, careless driving, fail to wear seatbelt assembly, etc.
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act - includes failing to surrender insurance card or possessing an invalid insurance card, etc.
  • Liquor Licence Act - includes being intoxicated in a public place, selling alcohol to a minor, etc.
  • Trespass to Property Act - includes entering premise when entry is prohibited, failing to leave premises as directed to do so, etc.

For more general information, see the Guide for Defendants in Provincial Offences Cases

Temporary address:
City Hall - Provincial Offences
350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6555
Fax:(519) 255-6556


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