A peace bond is a court order that requires an individual to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a specified amount of time (usually 12 months). Keeping the peace and being of good behaviour simply translates to not getting into trouble with the law. These court orders often carry other conditions which can include: not to attend a certain place, no contact directly/indirectly with a person(s) and not to possess any weapons. This applies to both types of peace bonds.
A peace bond does not result in a criminal conviction and most commonly signed in exchange for the withdrawal of criminal charges. If you are facing charges, signing this document will not result in a finding of guilt but may have negative repercussions in family law. It also may appear on a Vulnerable Sector Search after the term has expired.
What is a Common Law Peace Bond?
What is a Section 810 Peace Bond?
What Happens if I Breach the Conditions?
Our common law has traditionally permitted judges to bind individuals to keep to peace where the judge has apprehended a breach of the peace. There must be a basis for this apprehension which is usually put on the record in court. Common law peace bonds have a wider scope can last longer than 12 months if the Court deems it appropriate.