Disclosure for Speeding Tickets
Disclosure is the police officer’s notes about how they caught the driver speeding, detailing the evidence that will be presented to the court.
Full and Complete Disclosure for Your Speeding Ticket
The prosecution is required to “reasonably provide full and complete disclosure” to a defendant prior to the trial.
Also, the defendant is required to make a “reasonable request prior to the trial date” for the disclosure.
The defendant cannot come to court on the trial date stating that they have not received the disclosure, and expect the Justice to dismiss the charge because the prosecution has not provided the information.
It is the defendant’s responsibility to make a complete and timely request for disclosure to the court.
A request for disclosure should have;
- The name of the defendant
- Date of the offence.
- Full ticket number
- Officer name and badge number
When to Request Disclosure
Once the court assigns a court date and you have received this you should request the disclosure for your case immediately.
Disclosure requests should be sent to the appropriate prosecutor’s office by either fax or mail.
After you have sent the request make sure you receive a confirmation of the notice, then keep the confirmation with your trial documents and bring it to court on the trial date.
When applying for the police disclosure request:
When you apply for the police disclosure you are requesting:
- full and legible copy of the officers notes.
- description of the radar that was used by the officer.
- manual of the radar used.
Knowing what is relevant to your speeding trial is for the driver to decide, and drivers may want to retain the services of a qualified paralegal for speeding tickets in reviewing the case.
Be aware that once the driver puts in a request for the officers notes that this sends a notice to the officer that the driver/defendant is fighting the ticket (a warning to the officer).
In some cases the request gives the officer an opportunity to review their case to ensure that everything has been done properly and that their notes are completed.
Police Codes for Speeding Tickets
L1 – lane one
L2 – lane two
ID – As in the driver Identified themselves with an Ontario Drivers Licence
W/B – Westbound, E/B – Eastbound, N/B – Northbound, S/B – Southbound
Checked – sometimes a check mark maybe used, officer checked the radar and found it to be working properly
Q – Qualified, the officer is reminding themselves that at court they have to say they are qualified to operate the device.
Dr1 – Driver one
Color – the officer many put the color of the vehicle in
Clr – Clear, a description of the weather, or cloudy, radar is not usually done in the rain
Dry – Road was dry
Times – two times maybe listed as the officer is required to check the radar before and after setup
Information on Speeding Tickets
The purpose of this page is to provide information about speeding tickets. As the law and enforcement for speeding is constantly evolving and changing, OntarioSpeeding cannot be responsible for any information that has changed or is out of date. Any person who is charged with an offence in Canada is permitted to have their day in court, to meet their accuser, to have a judge make a decision as to guilt or innocence and to fight their speeding ticket. If you are considering fighting your speeding ticket, we recommend that you seek legal advice that is readily available from the thousands of licensed paralegals in Ontario. Unfortunately, too many motorists don’t know their rights, listen to the wrong people and do not understand the insurance implications and penalties of a speeding ticket in Ontario. OntarioSpeeding.com recommends OTT Legal Services for fighting speeding tickets in Ontario.