The court keeps a record about what goes on at court hearings. This includes information about the charges, court appearances and outcomes. Unlike an official criminal record, court records are generally available to the public unless a law, a court order or judicial policy say otherwise.
Only through an open and public process can the public have trust in the justice system and be satisfied everyone is treated fairly. At the same time, this openness has to be balanced against the right of an individual to privacy, including the privacy of vulnerable individuals involved in court proceedings.
Court Services Online and public terminals at court registries allow the public to view court records that are public. They include Provincial Court ticketing records and municipal bylaw offences or offences under provincial or federal acts (such as the Fisheries Act).
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