Demerit Points (2nd in a series) – Ministry Warnings

When a driver is convicted of a traffic offence, the information of this conviction is conveyed to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles who assigns the demerit points against the driver (previous article). As these demerit points accumulate, the driver may not be aware of the number of points he/she has accumulated.

When is the driver made aware of the consequences? Continue reading

Demerit Points (1st in a series) – Who Has Authority to Record Demerit Points?

 Demerit points are points recorded against a driver when that driver is convicted of specific Highway Traffic offences.  An accumulation of points may result in a driver having his driving privileges suspended. In this series of articles about demerit points, drivers may be able to benefit from the answers to questions posed in each article.

One of the most frequently asked questions is: “Who has authority to assign demerit point against drivers?”  Many drivers believe the courts have authority to give or reduce demerit points. Continue reading

What to Expect at Traffic Court Hearings

Do you feel anxious and uncomfortable when you are required to attend Traffic Court because of a ticket or a charge?

Usually this is due to the unfamiliar environment, a lack of understanding of the process and the uncertainty of whom to ask for assistance or someone to guide you through the process.

Reading this short summary of the Guide For Defendants In Provincial Offences Cases; Spring 2012; which was taken from the Halton Court Services’ website will give you an opportunity to be more informed and to become more familiar with the process.

(Note: This summary has been edited slightly for clarification to the reader who is not trained or experienced, or familiar with legal terminology.) Continue reading