In June of 1999, the City of Brampton entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of the Attorney General , which transferred the responsibility for the administration and prosecution for provincial offence charges to the City.
This transfer included the functions of Clerk of the Court for proceedings commenced under the Provincial Offences Act Part I (e.g traffic tickets), Part II (e.g. parking tickets) and Part III (e.g. summons') to the City.
The responsibility for prosecution of Part I, Part II and some Part III offences was also transferred to the City.
The Provincial Offences Act is the procedural legislation for administering and prosecuting provincial offences. These offences include charges under the Highway Traffic Act, the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, the Trespass to Property Act, the Liquor Licence Act, and other provincial legislation, municipal by-laws and minor federal offences. The P.O.A. governs all aspects of the legal prosecution process, from serving an Offence Notice to an accused person to conducting trials including sentencing and appeals.