Site: Windsor - Chatham St E
Service: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
|Record #: WIN0492||Last Modified: 14 May 2019||Last Full Update: 14 May 2019|
|Primary Contact||Office Administrator|
|Description and Service Details|
|Description (Service)||Crown Attorney's office
* provides information on obtaining restraining orders/peace bonds
* Restraining Orders or Peace Bonds are issued when a court believes one person may cause injury to another person and/or to members of their family, or when the court sees that you have a reasonable fear of this other person (sometimes called "no contact" orders).
* Referral to the local court house is the first step in applying for either of these orders
* is set out in Family Court; judge only (no jury)
* only applies to partners and ex-partners
* is not applicable for threats to or actual damage of property
* length varies: usually lasts for several months; however, could also be for only a few days or could be a permanent order
* The new Domestic Violence Protection Act, when it is in effect, will replace restraining orders.
* Usually applications for restraining orders are made as part of a larger court proceeding under the Family Law Act (FLA), but you can apply for just a restraining order.
* The process can take many months.
* It will require a formal submission, evidence and a hearing at which both sides can make their claims
* Click on the website link to learn more about the restraining order process
* A peace bond takes place in front of a Justice of the Peace (JP) considers threats to, or acts that damage ones property, as well as personal threats and acts of violence to oneself or family members.
* Also described as entering a recognizance.
* It can last up to 12 months. (You can apply for another peace bond if you need protection for more than 12 months).
* If the abuser or stalker refuses to sign this document, he/she will be jailed for up to 12 months.
* A peace bond is not a criminal charge, but breaching one is an offence.
* To apply for a peace bond, police do not need to be involved.
* Make an appointment with a Justice of the Peace (JP) at the provincial court to explain why you are seeking a Peace Bond.
* If the JP agrees with your concern, s/he will issue a summons requiring the other person to appear in court on a specific date.
|Hours||Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm|
|Areas Served||Essex County|
|Eligibility||Persons inquiring or needing a peace bond or restraining order|
|Application||Application required (call for details)|
|Languages||English ; French ; Interpretive Services - Translator - upon request|
|Primary Executive||Natalino Bernardon, Crown Attorney|
|Located In Community||Windsor|
|Address & Map||
Ontario Court of Justice Bldg
200 Chatham St E, 5th Fl
Windsor, ON N9A 2W3
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|Intersection||Goyeau St and Chatham St E|
|Physical Access||Fully Accessible - Parking, Washroom, Entrance and Elevator|