Information for Out-of-Town Counsel – A Backgrounder on the Guelph Criminal Courts


Guelph (Wellington County) Ontario Provincial Court

Address and Contact Information

36 Wyndham Street South
Guelph ON
N1H 7J5

Ontario Court of Justice (Criminal) - Telephone: 519-826-4431
Trial Coordinator: Linda Gemmell - Telephone: 519-826-4431 and press “0”
Ontario Victims Services Secretariat - Telephone: 519-837-6366

Location of Lawyers' Lounge/Coat Room

There is a windowless room with a wardrobe and some chairs and desks at the very end of the hallway on the upper level (past courtroom #2). The room is locked and requires a combination code to enter. Ask a local member of the bar for the combination.

Parking

Free parking is available outside both the upper and lower levels of the courthouse. There is also plenty of street-parking available in the vicinity of the courthouse.

Ontario Court of Justice Scheduling

Assignment Court is held every Tuesday and Friday in courtroom #2 at 9:30 am. Tuesday Assignment Court is usually reserved for matters where the accused’s last name begins with A-L whereas Friday Assignment Court is usually reserved for matters where the accused’s last name begins with M-Z. The Crown’s office prefers if you bring them a sheet with your client’s first and last name, the applicable page and line number, and your requested next court date. Contact Mr. Valli’s Office to inquire about agency appearances in Guelph.

Youth Assignment Court is held every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom #1. The John Howard Society manages the youth Extra-Judicial Sanctions program. Applications for s. 25 Orders (appointing counsel) can often be heard with little advance notice on dates when there is a judge’s court in courtroom #1 starting at 10 a.m.

Trials are usually heard Mondays through Thursdays.

On most Fridays there is a plea court held in courtroom #1 starting at 9:30 a.m.

Drug Treatment Court is held on Thursdays.

Bail court is held everyday in courtroom #3 (found on the lower level) starting at 10:30 a.m. A Crown usually arrives for bail court around 10:00-10:15 a.m. Video appearances are heard first thing, commencing at 10:30 a.m.

Procedure for Setting JPT/Prelim/Trial/Plea Dates

Judicial pre-trial, trial, and plea dates are typically arranged through the Trial Coordinator, Esther Turner. Trial dates can be obtained in person from the Trial Coordinator on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Trial Coordinator prepares a “Certificate of Compliance” (a form on a piece of orange paper) with the chosen trial or plea date. This form is stapled to the Information after the trial date has been set on the record. Earlier trial dates can be obtained for an accused that is in custody. However, one cannot obtain an in-custody trial date unless bail has been determined (i.e. a detention order must be in place).

Note also that for each Assignment Court, the Trial Coordinator prepares sheets with a few available plea dates and indicates the number of spots available for pleas on those dates. One can usually adjourn a matter directly to one of these listed dates without obtaining specific permission from the Trial Coordinator. These sheets can be found on the counsel table in the Assignment Court along with the court dockets.

Judicial Pre-Trials are mandatory for any trial matter expected to last longer than a day. In order to set a Non-Resolution Judicial Pre-Trial, one must first hold a resolution/pre-trial meeting with a Crown.

Ordering Transcripts

Transcripts of court proceedings in Guelph (both at the OCJ and SCJ)  can be ordered online at GuelphReporters.com


Guelph (Wellington County) Superior Court

Address and Contact Information

74 Woolwich Street
Guelph, ON
N1H 3T9

Superior Court of Justice - Telephone: 519-824-4100
Trial Coordinator: Teresa Pearson - Telephone: 519-824-7647; Fax: 519-824-4435
Accessibility Site Coordinator - Telephone: 519-824-4100 ext. 201
Ontario Victims Services Secretariat - Telephone: 519-837-6371

Parking

There is no public parking designated for the Superior Court. There is a parking garage within walking distance of the Superior Court at 110 Macdonell Street. Parking here costs $1.75/hour. Alternatively, street parking is available near the courthouse (though sparse). Many street parking spots are free for a maximum of two hours Monday through Saturday, between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Location of Lawyers' Lounge/Coat Room

There are robing rooms and lockers available in the basement. You must bring your own lock if you wish to secure your belongings.

There is no designated lawyers' lounge, but there are rooms with chairs and rough tables in the basement which can be used for making phone calls or meeting with clients. There is coffee available near the courthouse at the Red Brick Café at 8 Douglas Street.

Ordering Transcripts

Transcripts of court proceedings in Guelph (both at the OCJ and SCJ)  can be ordered online at GuelphReporters.com


Guelph (Wellington) Provincial Crown Attorney

Address and Contact Information

74 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON
N1H 3T9

Telephone: 519-822-1031
Fax: 519-837-630

Janine Hodgins is the Crown Attorney for Wellington County. Assistant Crown Attorneys include Julia Forward, Murray De Vos, Marilyn Dolby,  Judith MacDonald, Stephanie Turner and Leila Mehkeri.

Disclosure Procedures

Initial Disclosure and screening form is usually available in Assignment Court at a first appearance. Disclosure can be couriered to out-of-town counsel at your cost. 

Requests for additional disclosure can be sent via fax. 

Pre-trial/Resolution Meeting Procedures

Meetings with the Crown can be arranged through the Crown’s office. The Crowns are typically happy to meet either in person or by telephone. Typically dates for Crown meetings can only be obtained 2-3 weeks in advance.

A Crown is available in person at the Provincial Court for resolution discussions on most Fridays. Sometimes a Crown is also available for resolution discussions on Tuesdays. The Crowns have a meeting room at the Provincial Court beside/behind courtroom #2 on the upper level. Ask for directions.


Guelph (Wellington County) Federal Crown

Address and Contact Information

As of May 2015, Clyde Bond is the Standing Agent for Public Prosecutions in Wellington County.

Disclosure Procedures

Initial Disclosure is usually available in Assignment Court at a first appearance. Disclosure can be couriered to out-of-town counsel at your cost.

Requests for additional disclosure can be sent via email to crbondlawoffice@gmail.com. 

Pre-trial/Resolution Meeting Procedures

Meetings with Mr. Bond can be arranged through him, most easily via email.