Burlington, Ont.—April 20, 2017—The City of Burlington, on behalf of its partners, Halton Region, the Town of Oakville, the Town of Milton and the Town of Halton Hills, has announced a new Provincial Offences Act courthouse to be built to house Halton Court Services.
The new courthouse will be built at 4085 Palladium Way in Burlington to serve the people of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.
Construction of the new, consolidated Ontario Court of Justice – Halton Provincial Offences Office will begin in 2017. The building will be designed and built by Gross Capital Inc., constructed by Buttcon Ltd. and leased to Halton Court Services.
Once complete, the new courthouse will administer provincial offences court services for all of Halton Region. Provincial offences court services deal strictly with non-criminal provincial offences charges issued in Halton. These non-criminal charges include:
- Highway Traffic Act offences, such as speeding, driving without insurance or failing to stop at a red light
- Municipal bylaw offences, such as excessive noise, animal control or garbage disposal
- Offences under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.
As a division of the City of Burlington’s Legal Department, Halton Court Services administers Provincial Offences Act court services on behalf of the municipal partnership within the Halton area through two locations: one in Burlington and one in Milton. These two existing courts for provincial offences will relocate to 4085 Palladium Way once the new courthouse is built.
Facts about the Ontario Court of Justice – Halton Provincial Offences Court Office
- Construction will begin in spring or summer 2017 and be completed by January 2019.
- No violence-related, criminal charges or family law matters will be handled at the courthouse.
- The Milton and Burlington court service locations are 16,000 square feet (1,486 square metres) combined. The new facility, at 34,000 square feet (3,159 square metres), will meet today’s needs more effectively and will help Halton Court Services plan 30 years into the future.
- When completed, the courthouse will operate Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Architect’s Description of the Courthouse Design
The new courthouse is designed by the Ventin Group Ltd. to capture the changing and evolving landscape of Halton Region in the design. The natural environment is echoed in the design through the selection of landscape materials.
- The north half of the building is a stone wall, reflecting the strong and secure Niagara Escarpment.
- The south half is a glass wall, symbolic of transparency—a virtue and goal for the justice system. The glass wall is lined with a series of wooden pillars representing the natural woodlands of Halton Region.
- The glass walls facing east and west are treated with wavy, coloured glazing to represent the character and motion of the local creeks.
- The thin, white roof canopy captures a thin blanket of snow overhanging to the south to provide sun shading for the glass—appropriate for a Canadian institution.