Payment of a statement of offence

You can pay your statement of offence online by credit card (Visa or Master Card) if Ville de Gatineau is the prosecutor and if the offence occurred within Ville de Gatineau.

Other methods of payment

Payment at a service centre

You may submit your payment at any of the following municipal service centres. Check their hours of operation.

Payment at a financial institution

The payment normally takes 72 hours to reach the Municipal Court. Please be sure to allow for this delay. You may submit your payment online by debit card at the following institutions :

Payment by mail

You may submit your payment by mail, using the return envelope attached to the statement of offence or forms that you received. You should make your payment to the order of “Ville de Gatineau”, Municipal Court, 25, rue Laurier, C.P. 1970, succ. Hull, Gatineau QC J8X 3Y9.

Legal implications of full payment without a plea

As soon as you pay the full amount indicated on the statement of offence, you are deemed to have pleaded guilty and a judgment is deemed to have been rendered as of the receipt of this payment.

Updating your driving record – demerit points

If the Highway Safety Code provides for demerit points for the offence with which you are charged, these will automatically be added to your driving record because the Municipal Court will inform the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec of the judgment.

What should I do if I receive

Notification of hearing

You have received a notification of the hearing indicating the date, place and time of your hearing.

At the hearing, you can ask the prosecution to disclose any evidence he/she might use, as well as the statement of offence that you received.

Before the hearing, pursuant to section 166.2 of the Code of Penal Procedure, you may change your plea of not guilty by entering a plea of guilty and full payment. Check your offence online for the balance on your file.

Your plea of guilty and your payment must be received by the Municipal Court before the hearing date.

Please note that if you do not pay the full amount imposed with your change in plea, you will be imposed additional costs for failure to pay the fine and costs when entering your plea of guilty.

At the trial, the prosecution reserves the right to produce, as evidence, the statement of offence and an offence report in lieu of testimony by the peace officer or the person mandated to enforce the Act who issued the statement of offence or report.

However, if you wish to cross-examine this peace officer or person, you may request that he/she be present, through the Municipal Court clerk, by phone or in writing, preferably within ten (10) days of receiving notification of the hearing. However, the judge may require that you pay costs if you are found guilty and he/she is convinced that the documentary evidence was sufficient and that the testimony did not add anything substantial.

During the hearing, once the prosecution has finished presenting his or her evidence, you may present your defence, testify, provide evidence and question your witnesses, as appropriate.

After the hearing, if you are found guilty of the offence with which you are being charged, you will have to pay additional costs. If you are acquitted, you will not be required to pay anything.

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Notice of inssuance of a writ of seizure

If you receive a notice of issuance of a writ of seizure under a judgment against you, you must immediately submit the full payment. Check under the section “Ticket Payment” or contact the fine collector to work out a payment agreement. This will enable you to avoid having a writ of seizure issued to a bailiff and having additional costs added to your file. Once the writ is issued and forwarded to a bailiff, only the latter may accept your payment.

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Notice of judgment

A defendant who has been found guilty of the offence with which he/she is charged, has 30 days from the date of the judgment to pay the fine and the costs set by the court unless the judge grants a different deadline.

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Prosecutor notice – preliminary notice

This notice is issued only for parking infractions. The prosecution notifies you that a statement of offence has been issued to you for the offence in question. As indicated on the statement of offence, you are required to plead guilty or not guilty to the offence. You may pay the full amount of the fine, contribution and costs indicated in the box “Amount due” before the due date, in which case you will be deemed to have made a plea of guilty. If you fail to enter a plea or pay the full amount imposed, a judgement may be issued ordering you to pay additional costs without further notice.

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Final notice

If you receive a final notice under a judgment against you, you must immediately submit the full payment.  Check the “Ticket Payment” section or contact the fine collector to work out a payment agreement.

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Statement of offence

Payment, guilty plea without a payment or guilty plea with partial payment (plea of guilty)

When you submit a payment or a plea of guilty to the court, you are deemed to be admitting that you are guilty of the offence, and the applicable demerit points will be entered on your driving record.

If no payment is made with the plea of guilty or if the amount paid does not correspond to the full amount of the fine, costs and contributions, additional costs will be imposed.

Failure to enter a plea or to submit full payment

If you do not enter a plea or pay the full amount of the fine and costs imposed, you may be deemed to be in default, without further notice, even in your absence.

A plea of not guilty or a plea of guilty

You are required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty within 30 days after the date the document was served, as indicated in box "G" of the ticket or the date on the bayliff's report or the notice of receipt from a registered mail delivery.

If the statement of offence is made out to a corporation, one of its directors or executives must sign. The signatory's position must be stated.

You can plead not guilty to the offence of which you are accused by submitting a plea in writing to the Municipal Court within 30 days after the statement of offence is served. The clerk of the court will then notify you of the date and time set for the hearing.

Plea

Motion to impose a prison term

If you have been served a motion to impose a prison term, you must pay the full amount due to the Municipal Court before the date indicated on the request or appear before the judge on the date and at the time indicated to justify to comply with your commitment and failure to pay the fine and costs.

Failure to appear before the judge to justify your failure to pay the fine and costs may result in the issuance of a warrant of committal against you.

If a warrant of committal has been issued against you for failure to pay a fine, you may release yourself from the obligation before the execution of the mandate by submitting a full payment (check the section on “Tickey payment”). If you fail to pay, you will be imprisoned for your debt.

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Commitment entered into before a peace officer

If a warrant has been issued for your arrest, you must meet with the fine collector on the date and at the time indicated on the agreement signed before the peace officer, with proof of income, to work out a payment agreement.

Full payment at any time will release you from your commitment.

Failure to comply with this agreement may result in a new statement of offence requesting the issuance of a warrant of committal. This new file does not release you from your debt to the Municipal Court.

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An offer to perform compensatory work

Compensatory work is an alternative option, available in exceptional cases, for paying the amount due, and is offered in exceptional cases. You must meet with the fine collector, and bring a copy of the lease for your dwelling and a copy of your income statements. Only the collector has the authority to assign you to do compensatory work.

Once the fine collector has given you the opportunity to do compensatory work, you will be given a date by which you must meet with your local community support services office, the Service d'aide communautaire, where you will be given your work assignment.

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Traffic and parking offences turned over the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions

The fine collector may turn over any file to the Attorney General of Quebec to request authority to proceed against any defendant who attempts to deliberately avoid paying what he/she owes.

The defendant is liable to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years less one day, and serving this sentence will not release him/her from the payment obligation nor from the penalties attached to his/her driver's licence and registration.

A plea of not guilty or a plea of guilty

You are required to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty within 30 days after the date the document was served, as indicated in box "G" of the ticket or the date on the bayliff's report or the notice of receipt from a registered mail delivery.

If the statement of offence is made out to a corporation, one of its directors or executives must sign. The signatory's position must be stated.

You can plead not guilty to the offence of which you are accused by submitting a plea in writing to the Municipal Court within 30 days after the statement of offence is served. The clerk of the court will then notify you of the date and time set for the hearing.

Plea

Payment, guilty plea without a payment or guilty plea with partial payment (plea of guilty)

When you submit a payment or a plea of guilty to the court, you are deemed to be admitting that you are guilty of the offence, and the applicable demerit points will be entered on your driving record.

If no payment is made with the plea of guilty or if the amount paid does not correspond to the full amount of the fine, costs and contributions, additional costs will be imposed.

Sanction of unpaid fine

For traffic and parking offences, we may send the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec a notice indicating failure to pay a fine, in which case the latter will automatically issue: 

  • A prohibiton to drive any vehicle;
  • A prohibition against driving any vehicle registered in the defendant's name;
  • A prohibition against registering a vehicle;
  • A prohibition against transferring a vehicle registration to another person;
  • A prohibition against disposing of a vehicle registered in the defendant's name;
  • These prohibitions apply to all offenders, including non-Quebec residents.

If any of the above prohibitions is in force or about to be enforced by the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec, you will have to pay the full amount due to cancel the prohibition and recover your privileges.

Check the “Tickey payment” section for more details on payment methods.

If you reach an agreement on payment with the fine collector regarding the statements of offence that are the subject of the prohibitions, these can only be lifted once the full payment has been made.

Payment agreement

A defendant who is unable to meet the payment deadline may fill out the form entitled “Interrogatory for an Extension and Deferred Payment” and submit it to the fine collector by the deadline set for paying the fine and costs. The collector will analyze the defendant's financial situation in order to establish a payment schedule.

The form required to make an agreement with the collector may be filled out and submitted online at cour.municipale@gatineau.ca, by fax 819-595-7280 or by mail to: Municipal Court, C.P. 1970, succ. Hull, Gatineau QC J8X 3Y9. The collector will contact the defendant to agree on a payment schedule.

If you fail to submit the payments according to the schedule or miss a payment, you must notify the collector or your agreement will be cancelled and your driver's licence suspended, if applicable. Other measures may apply (e.g. seizure of property, garnishing of wages, or a new offence and a warrant of committal).

Extension of time and deferred payments

Total amount impose

In order to close your file before a judgment, the Court requires payment of the full amount indicated on the statement of offence before the stated deadline. This amount includes:

  • only for offences under the Highway Safety Code;
  • mandatory legal costs; and
  • a mandatory contribution to the victims' fund (only for offences against the Highway Safety Code).

After the judgment, additional costs will be added for every required enforcement action.

Locating a statement of offence

The search feature that will enable you to locate your statement of offence in the system is the number of the statement of offence and the date on which the offence was committed.

This number appears on the statement of offence that is issued by the police officer or agent.  Additional information will be required, including: your last name, first name and telephone number.

Statement of offence found in the automated system

The payment system shows whether the number of the statement of offence you indicated is valid and has been entered in the system, and posts the information on your statement of offence.

Be sure to check that it is the same file.

The statement of offence and the infraction date do not match

You will receive a message telling you to check wether you entered the correct information or to contact the Municipal Court.

Statement of offence that has not been entered in the system

The payment system also enables you to pay a statement of offence that has a valid number but that has not yet been entered in the system. It may take several working days after the statement of offence is issued before it is entered in the system. In this case, you can try later, once the statement of offence is available.

You can also choose to pay immediately by entering the amount indicated on the statement of offence and submitting the payment.

In this case, you should check the payment system a few days later to ensure that the payment has been recorded.

Statement of offence that is not payable online

The payment system recognizes statements of offence that cannot or should not be paid online, as in the following cases:

  • a statement of offence that has already been paid – you will get a message to check whether you entered the right statement of offence number;
  • a file that has been closed – you will get a message to check whether you entered the right statement of offence number;
  • the statement of offence number and the date of the offence do not match. You will see a message telling you to contact the Municipal Court; or
  • an invalid statement of offence number – these numbers are incorrect and must be checked. If you lost your statement of offence, you will have to contact the Municipal Court to get the right number.

If the non payable message comes up, collection procedures have started. To close your file and avoid subsequent costs or problems, contact the Municipal Court by e-mail at cour.municipale@gatineau.ca, by fax at 819-595-7280 or by phone at 819-595-7272.

Other statements of offence located

The payment system gives you the option of paying other statements of offence connected to the same driver's licence or licence plate number.

This list only includes statements of offence that were found by the system, and does not necessarily include your entire file. For additional details or to get the full list of your statements of offence, contact the Municipal Court.

The following information is provided for every statement of offence found: the statement of offence number, the date of the offence, the location, vehicle licence plate number and the amount owed.

To pay other statements of offence at the same time as the statement of offence that was initially sought, you must select them.

The invoice summary includes all of the statements of offence that have been paid and the administrative costs for the use of the online payment system.

Hearing room locations

All municipal court hearings are held on the 6th floor of Maison du citoyen, at 25 rue Laurier or on the 5th floor of Édifice des Pionniers, at 115, rue Principale.

Fines are payable at the Maison du citoyen at 25 rue Laurier, 6th floor.

Jurisdiction of municipal courts

Municipal courts were officially instated in 1903, replacing the Recorder's Court. They are included among the courts of justice recognized under the Courts of Justice Act (R.S.Q. c. T-16), and their jurisdiction is restricted to localities under that Act. An Act respecting municipal courts (R.S.Q. c. 72.01) states that they are courts of record and defines their jurisdiction.

Their jurisdiction in civil and penal matters is set out starting at section 28 of An Act respecting municipal courts. Some of these courts have jurisdiction over criminal matters (Part XXVII of the Criminal Code).

To reach the Municipal Court

You can reach us during regular office hours from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.

During summer time, office hours (from June 1, to the leave of Labor Day) are from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Our main number is 819-595-7272.

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