The Justice of the Peace in Ontario: Practice and Procedure
The Justice of the Peace in Ontario: Practice and Procedure outlines the role of Justices of the Peace and the daily execution of their extensive jurisdiction throughout Ontario in criminal, provincial and municipal proceedings.In writing this book, retired Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky aims to clear up the common misconception that the main responsibilities of Justices of the Peace are to solemnize marriages and deal with speeding tickets.
Rather, as he explains in the Preamble to the text, Justices of the Peace play a very important role in the legal system: "The Justice of the Peace in Ontario is the gateway to the administration of justice. It is irrefutable that the vast majority of people who are charged with crimes, provincial offences and municipal infractions will never meet a Judge. In the Bail Court, the Intake Court, the Trial Management Court or the Provincial Offences Intake and Trial Courts, the accused person will appear before a Justice of the Peace."
Given this broad range of significant responsibilities, it's critical that Justices of the Peace – both new and veteran – as well as the legal professionals who appear before them, understand their extensive jurisdiction and duties. This book is just the resource to provide that insight.
The Justice of the Peace in Ontario: Practice and Procedure outlines the role of Justices of the Peace and the daily execution of their extensive jurisdiction throughout Ontario in criminal, provincial and municipal proceedings. Kowarsky covers all of the major relevant topics, including search warrants, bail and the Provincial Offences Act, and discusses the duties of Justices of the Peace in the various stages of proceedings and the different types of court.
The appendices at the end of the volume offer particularly helpful information as they outline the structure of the court system, list the criteria that are used in the Justice of the Peace selection process, and provide additional details about organizations related to the profession.
An invaluable reference
The Justice of the Peace in Ontario: Practice and Procedure is the only publication covering the duties of a Justice of the Peace, making it a must-have purchase for:
- Justices of the Peace who will benefit from having a handbook that outlines their duties
- Paralegals, since they appear primarily before Justices of the Peace, making a detailed knowledge of the jurisdiction of Justices of the Peace essential
- Paralegal schools/libraries who want to ensure their resources are comprehensive
- Articling students and junior lawyers who are seeking background information
- Justices of the Peace in the other provinces to enable them to understand and compare jurisdiction.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 - Jurisdiction
Chapter 2 - Criminal courts
Chapter 3 - Search warrants
Chapter 4 - Production orders
Chapter 5 - Peace bonds
Chapter 6 - Weapons prohibition orders
Chapter 7 - The Bail Court
Chapter 8 - The bail legislation
Chapter 9 - Bail in relation to Aboriginal accused persons
Chapter 10 - The Youth Bail Court
Chapter 11 - The Trial Management Court
Chapter 12 - Preliminary inquiries and summary conviction trials
Chapter 13 - Contempt of court
Chapter 14 - The Provincial Offences Act
Chapter 15 - The Provincial Offences Courts
Chapter 16 - P.O.A. search warrants
Chapter 17 - The Set Date/Trial Management Court
Chapter 18 - The path to P.O.A. trials
Chapter 19 - P.O.A. trial matters
Chapter 20 - Evidence
Chapter 21 - The defence case
Chapter 22 - Powers to control the process of the court
Chapter 23 - Contempt of court under the P.O.A.
Chapter 24 - Arrest and bail under the P.O.A. ,br>Chapter 25 - Proceedings against young persons under the P.O.A.
Chapter 26 - Additional general duties of Justices of the Peace
Principles of judicial office
Structure of the Ontario Court of Justice
Decisions of the Court
Canada's court system
Qualifications and selection criteria
Centre for Judicial Research and Education
Mentoring Program for the Toronto Region
The author's views on the Education Plan
The Association of the Justices of the Peace of Ontario
The Justices of the Peace Review Council
Justices of the Peace Remuneration Commission