As of March 31, 2012, the previous Option 2 to Plea Guilty with an Explanation has been replaced with Early Resolution, whereby you now have the option to schedule a meeting with the municipal prosecutor to discuss your charge(s). By selecting this option you do not forego the right to a trial. The meetings can be used to ask the position of the prosecutor, to discuss the time to pay a fine, to request disclosure for the charge(s) or to discuss the possibility of pleading to a lesser offence supported by the facts.
An Early Resolution meeting can be requested by mailing your Provincial Offence Notice to the court office in the self-addressed envelope or by bringing it in to the office in person. If selecting either method, remember to check off the box to request an Early Resolution meeting. Early Resolution meetings will take place in person; however, a telephone meeting option will be available for those who live more than 75 km from the Cayuga Provincial Offences court.
Upon receipt of your request for an Early Resolution meeting, court staff will send you a meeting notice to the address on file. The notice will indicate the time, date and location of your meeting with the prosecutor. Please notify court staff if your address has changed to ensure you receive your Notice of Early Resolution.
- Failure to Attend an Early Resolution Meeting
If you request an Early Resolution meeting with the prosecutor but do not attend for the scheduled meeting, you will be deemed not to dispute the charge and convicted of the offence in your absence.
- Resolution Reached with Prosecutor
If, after meeting with the prosecutor, a resolution to the charge is reached you will be required to attend before a justice of the peace so that the resolution reached can be endorsed.
- No Resolution Reached with Prosecutor
If a resolution to the charge cannot be reached through a meeting with the prosecutor, you will be provided with a Notice of Trial and the matter will be set for a future court date.