Court Services provides administrative and court room support services to the general public and a range of stakeholders that use the Provincial Offences Court and to those using the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

Budget Notes

Toronto Court Services provides administrative and courtroom support services to the public and a range of stakeholders that use the Provincial Offences Court and to those using the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

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Court Services provides administrative and courtroom support to the public and a range of stakeholders that use the Provincial Offences Court and to those using three adjudicative tribunals.

2018 Budget Summary

The total cost to deliver these services to Toronto residents is $50.488 million gross and $1.640 million net.

Through base budget savings of $2.046 million and increased revenues from Provincial Offence Act (POA) fines resulting from the expansion of the Red Light Camera program and provincial court security upload, Court Services was able to more than offset base budget pressures arising mainly from salary and benefit increases and the annualized costs for the Administration Penalty System implemented in August 2017.

Fast Facts

  • Court Services provides services through a network of 30 trial courtrooms, 3 early resolution hearing rooms and 34 public service counter stations.
  • The Program also provides administrative support services to three of the City’s adjudicative boards: Toronto Licensing Tribunal, Administrative Penalty Tribunal (APT) and Toronto Local Appeal Body (TLAB).
  • Court offices serve over 30,000 individuals at public counters and in trial courts each month.
  • Provincial offences include a range of offences under Provincial legislation including a large number of traffic offences and City of Toronto bylaws.
  • Over 400,000 charges are processed annually requiring the scheduling of over 300,000 trials, including 150,000 parking ticket disputes heard in trial courts.

Trends

  • The decline in moving violation tickets filed began in 2011/2012 and reached the lowest level of 318,431 tickets in 2014.
  • The 2017 projected volume is trending at over 385,000 tickets with 406,334 charges projected for 2018-2020.

Key Service Deliverables for 2018

Court Services provides administrative and courtroom support services to the public and a range of stakeholders that use the Provincial Offences Court and to those using the City established Tribunals.

The 2018 Operating Budget supports:

  • Administration of the Toronto Local Appeal Body, Toronto Licensing Tribunal and the Administrative Penalty Tribunal.
  • Completion of the move from the court based system to an administrative system available under the City of Toronto Act to manage parking tickets and penalties
  • The administration of the one year Mediation Pilot Program to test the impact of mediation with respect to appeals of Committee of Adjustment decisions.
  • The management of court cases for charges filed by enforcement officers in 2018 in accordance with Provincial legislation.

Our Key Issues & Priority Actions

  • Collection of Court Imposed Fines remains a continuing challenge across Ontario municipalities.
    • Court Services, with support from Legal Services, continues to pursue available sanctions using civil enforcement measures to achieve results within the legislations available.
    • The 2018 Operating Budget includes funding for 3 positions to assist in intervention matters of parking tickets under the court-based system for tickets issued prior to August 28, 2017.
    • The Administrative Penalty System (APS) implemented in August 28, 2017 provides easier and faster access to resolve disputes about parking tickets than available under the former court system process.

2018 Operating Budget Highlights

  • The 2018 Operating Budget for Court Services is $50.488 million gross and $1.640 million net representing a decrease of 79.7% to the 2017 Approved Operating Budget.
  • The transition from a court-based system to an administrative system to manage parking violations and additional revenue from the Red Light Camera expansion are reflected in the budget bringing the 2018 Net Operating Budget to $6.437 million or 79.7% below the 2017 Approved Net Budget.
  • Staff complement will decrease by 29 positions from 258 in 2017 to 229 in 2018 as a result of moving parking ticket disputes out of the court system in 2018.
  • The 2018 Operating Budget provides funding for:
    • Supporting the expansion of the Red Light Camera program.
    • Supporting the Administrative Penalty Tribunal, Toronto Local Appeal Body and Toronto Licensing Tribunal.
    • One-time costs for the Mediation Pilot Project.
    • Court administration and courtroom support services