Affidavit of Service in Provincial Offenses Proceedings
I am mindful of the need for a balance in the application of the P.O.A. given the significant procedural advantages it gives to the prosecution and accordingly the need for careful scrutiny by a Justice to ensure that no injustice is done to a defendant. However I consider it to be an unnecessarily and overly strict interpretation of the P.O.A. to require proof of service to be established only by completion of certification of service on the face of the certificate of offence. Such certification is appropriately considered surplusage when the documentation before the reviewing Justice otherwise establishes service has been effected.
Accordingly the appeal in this matter will be dismissed.