Once you receive your “Notice of Trial” in the mail, what is the next step?
Once you have received your “Notice of Trial” in the mail, it is important that you proceed to the appropriate location and fill out a “Disclosure Request Form”. On the Notice of Trial you will be able to locate a phone number. Call this number and ask them where you can pick up a “Disclosure Request Form” in your particular city, as every city in Ontario is different (if you’re not sure, you will find Provincial Offences Act Court offices (Ontario Court of Justice) listed alphabetically from Barrie to Woodstock) at the following link Provincial Offences Act Courts
In order to properly fill it out, you should bring your Notice of Trial, as it will contain all the information that is required on the Disclosure Request Form. After filling out the disclosure request form, ask the clerk for a copy of it for your file. The request for disclosure normally takes anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. What you will normally receive, is a copy of the investigating Officer’s log book, with his/her notations contained within it or if you were involved in a motor vehicle accident you will receive a “Motor Vehicle Accident Report” with the investigating officer’s notations. Disclosure is extremely important and it is your fundamental right pursuant to section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. See the section on Disclosure.
After you have taken all the necessary steps to receive disclosure, the next step is to prepare for your impending trial. The steps that you should take next, are found in the Prior to the Trial page.