Questions about Voluntary Surrender Via HRP
“Common questions and answers about Voluntary Surrender:
What will happen at Voluntary Surrender?
At Voluntary Surrender, officers will process your warrant(s). Legal aid lawyers will be on-site to provide legal advice. You will need to present ID and have your fingerprints and photo taken. Once your warrant is processed, which includes a consultation with the Crown who will be on-site, you will most likely receive a new court date.We expect the majority of participants to leave the Voluntary Surrender event with a new court date, however, you may be taken into custody, especially if you have a warrant for a violent offence.
Will I go to jail if I turn myself in at Voluntary Surrender?
Everyone’s case is different. However, we expect that the vast majority of people who surrender during Voluntary Surrender will have their warrants resolved and will then receive a court date.
How long will I be at Voluntary Surrender?
It will likely take about 90 minutes to process your warrant(s), however, you may have to wait for people to finish the process ahead of you.
Can I bring someone with me?
You are welcome to bring a supportive family member or friend. Also, in some cases, you will need to have a surety with you to be released with a future court date.
What sort of ID do I need to bring?
You can bring any form of ID that you have – driver’s license, social insurance card, birth certificate, health card, etc. If you do not have ID, you may still turn yourself in during Voluntary Surrender.
Who will be at Voluntary Surrender? Can I get legal advice on-site?
Police officers, booking officers, and legal aid lawyers will be at Voluntary Surrender. You will have the opportunity to talk with the on-site legal aid lawyer.
Do I have to be there at 8:30 a.m. or can I come any time during the day?
Voluntary Surrender is being held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You are welcome anytime during those hours.”
Source: Media Release