Ontario Looks at ODR for Some Provincial Offences
The Ministry of the Attorney General is considering an online dispute resolution (ODR) system for dealing with some provincial offences, mainly traffic offences to start.
The system would rely on administrative monetary penalties rather than judicially-imposed fines. The consultation document talks about how someone with a ticket could challenge it online, as well as finding out more about how the process works.
Here is a useful table showing the major changes.
Feel free to participate in the consultation, or to say what you think of it here, or both.
Footnote 1 to the consultation paper will be of interest:
So this consultation is about the concepts but not the ODR model itself. See pages 8 and 9 of the paper for the questions that the ministry is looking for comments on at this time. Here is one of those questions:
The ministry is open to comments about other uses of technology to enhance administrative efficiency, ease of use and access to justice. (See Q 7.)
“John Smith” commented as follows (but had to be retrieved from the submission process…):
It’s about time this happened – the idea that you have to be physically present in court to dispute something as small as a speeding ticket is ridiculous… Now let’s extend online processes to all sorts of other routine appearances that currently require in-person attendance. It’s time the courts moved into the 21st century. We need 100s of these projects launched and executed to bring any semblance of efficiency to the litigation process…