Court Services is responsible for administration, courtroom support and municipal prosecution of the Provincial Offences
Act (POA) offences as well as municipal bylaws within the City and County of Peterborough. The POA office ensures
compliance with the Act, the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Inter-municipal
Service Agreement.

The number of charges issued by enforcement agencies is the primary driver of the POA Court system. The number of charges fluctuates, and the composition of the dollar value of the charges impacts the revenue generated. POA revenues are only realized by the payment of fines. 

Since November 2022, parking enforcement is done through the Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS) and is no longer administered through the Courts. Lack of judicial availability continues to impact trial scheduling. Staff will continue to pursue collection initiatives with the goal of increasing fine revenue. 

Net revenues are divided between the City and County of Peterborough based on the prior year's relative weighted assessment which remains unchanged from 2023. The County's share for 2024 is 55.7% and the City's share is 44.3%. 

The increased expenditures in the 2024 budget are driven by approved salary and benefit increases and insurance costs.

2024 Overview

Court Services
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $1,543,840
Revenues $1,630,739
Net requirement -$86,899

The full budget information is available in the Draft 2024 Budget book.