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"Justice of peace" equivilant in Quebec?

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"Justice of peace" equivilant in Quebec?

Hello,

In Ontario, when you get a ticket you can usually go in to the court and speak to a Justice of Peace at any time and they usually lower your fine/remove points if you plead guilty with explanation. My wife has a couple of tickets that she got in Quebec and when I called the court house they laughed in a Quebecor accent and told me you either plead not guilty and go through the whole process and speak to prosecutor or guilty and pay the entire fine, no other option.

Is this true? through my search here apparently some people were able to speak to someone prior to court dates, etc. How?
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No, Quebec doesn't have a Justice of the Peace. The process is exactly as stated by the court that 'laughed in a Quebecor accent'. Also, unlike Ontario the cop does not have to show up and usually doesn't and you will still lose. Unless you like to make long distance drives to a QC court where the conviction rate is 99%, I'd just pay the ticket.
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240sxer wrote: Hello,

In Ontario, when you get a ticket you can usually go in to the court and speak to a Justice of Peace at any time and they usually lower your fine/remove points if you plead guilty with explanation. My wife has a couple of tickets that she got in Quebec and when I called the court house they laughed in a Quebecor accent and told me you either plead not guilty and go through the whole process and speak to prosecutor or guilty and pay the entire fine, no other option.

Is this true? through my search here apparently some people were able to speak to someone prior to court dates, etc. How?
Ask to speak to a traffic prosecutor and ask the prosecutor what they will offer you to plead guilty. They should offer you some sort of deal in exchange for resolving these matters (i.e., plead guilty to some, withdraw the others; plead guilty to all matters but to lesser offences; etc).
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The prosecutor will offer to meet you just before your case starts. He may offer a plea, such as waving the admin charges, and extending the payment deadline.

In my case, he showed me the full documentation the officer submitted, and we noted an important omission. The case was dropped.

If it's for photo radar, don't bother fighting it. Not worth the effort.

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