ALGONQUIN COLLEGECourt Paper K. WhiteCanadian Justice Systems and LegislationBy:Karyn WhiteInstructor: Kelly McDonaldDecember 9, 2008The Oakville Civic CentreCourt Paper AssignmentThe Oakville Civic Centre houses the Ontario Court of Justice, though the locals here simply refer to the building as "The Oakville Court"; besides prosecuting criminals in the Ontario Court of Justice, also known as the Provincial Court, the Oakville Civic Centre covers many different Court Systems in one location.
The Oakville Civic Centre's Ontario Court of justice covers cases ranging from family and civil law (although these cases are not usually criminal) to Criminal Law (www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/cadaddr.asp?selectRegion=All+Regions&selectLocate=All+Locations&selectOffice=Small+Claims,2009). Housed in the same building are Youth Court Services along with both Adult and Youth Probation services. They also have areas for traffic violations and a place to appeal a traffic violation, however the hearings for these appeals are held in the Milton Court.
This would place the Oakville Civic Centre's Ontario Court of Justice fourth in the hierarchy of the Criminal Court System in Canada.
With the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada falling respectively above in ascending order. The Supreme Court of Canada being the final place for a criminal trial to move through to in the system. In effect after the Provincial Courts held the bail and preliminary hearings and if the case were to go to trial at the Ontario Court of Justice, it could then appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeals and from there appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada (that being the case if the appeals were accepted). If a more serious indictable offence were tried at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice the attorneys or defendant could try for appeal at the appeals court and then finally at the Supreme Court of...