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Mississauga’s Provincial Offences Act Courtroom is Temporarily Closed too

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Published on March 21, 2020 with No Comments

According to Peel Public Health, the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19 is to:

•      Stay home if you are ill.

•      Practice social distancing: reduce physical contact with others (of at least 2 metres apart) to break the pathways COVID-19 uses to move between people, such as shaking hands and direct contact.

•      Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

•      Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose as much as possible.

•      Avoid contact with people who are ill and their items.

•      Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Wash hands after coughing and sneezing.

•      Maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, exercise and enough sleep, to enhance your body’s immune system.

•      Get a flu shot. You are more likely to contract influenza than COVID-19 and being sick lowers your immunity to other germs.

At the direction of public health officials and the Ontario Court of Justice, to aid efforts in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community, Provincial Offences Act court matters to be heard by a Justice of the Peace, scheduled at the City’s court house from Monday, March 16 through to Friday, April 3 have been adjourned and rescheduled.

Parties and witnesses do not need to attend court for the adjournment. A notice of the new court date will be sent by mail to the address on file with the court.

In addition, the timeframe to pay fines has been extended for three weeks however, the options to pay, including online, by phone or in person remain available.

Screening and hearing matters are adjourned and parties do not need to attend their screening or hearing dates.

Screening or hearing appointments that are scheduled between the dates of March 16 to April 3, 2020  will be adjourned to another date after April 3, 2020.  The new appointment date will be sent in the mail.  If you have not received your new appointment date within 2 weeks please contact the court house 950 Burnhamthorpe Road West, 905-615-4500.

Matters related to the Administrative Penalty System related to by-law infractions such as parking ticket reviews will continue however, if unable to attend due to self-isolation, please contact the courthouse to reschedule.

With guidance from Peel Public Health and in an abundance of caution for both our residents and staff around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mississauga has also closed all City recreation, library and cultural facilities until April 5.

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been activated and staff are meeting regularly to monitor, develop and implement response measures as the situation evolves. To learn about the latest updates on actions taken by the City of Mississauga visit mississauga.ca/coronavirus.

 

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