The most informal proceedings in Provincial Court involve traffic and bylaw matters. You can act as your own lawyer to dispute a traffic ticket for infractions like running a red light, speeding, or for parking violations. You can also dispute by-law offences such as walking a dog without a leash. Judicial Justices of the Peace will hear those cases. They are judicial officers of the court who also hear applications for search warrants and for bail.
The Provincial Court has jurisdiction in all traffic and bylaw offences, as well as all other provincial and municipal offences prosecuted pursuant to the Offence Act and the Local Government Act. Many of these offences are prosecuted by way of a violation ticket or a municipal ticket information.
Judicial Justices currently hear approximately 72,300 traffic cases per year, and 25, 000 new municipal bylaw cases per year.