Saturday, October 28
Captain William Spry Community Centre
16 Sussex Street, Halifax
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you have a warrant for a non-violent offence, you can turn yourself in to Halifax Regional Police at the Captain William Spry Community Centre on Saturday, October 28, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Voluntary Surrender is an opportunity for you to turn yourself in at a neutral location and resolve your warrant(s) for non-violent offences in a supportive environment; police will no longer be looking to arrest you. We expect the majority of people who participate in Voluntary Surrender will have their warrants resolved and will then receive a court date, however, you may be taken into custody especially if you have a warrant for a violent offence.
Please bring ID and be prepared to have your fingerprints and photo taken. Legal Aid and referral information for community based services and supports will be available on-site.
Questions & Answers:
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. Of note, you may be required to have a surety with you. We expect the vast 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're 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.
How do I find out if I have an outstanding warrant?
Call 902-490-5989, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to find out if you have an outstanding warrant. Please leave a message if there is no answer. An officer will return your call as soon as possible. This number will be available until noon, October 27. Following that, please call Halifax Regional Police’s non-emergency line at 902-490-5016 to arrange to speak with an officer.
I can’t attend Voluntary Surrender. Are there other ways I can turn myself in and avoid arrest?
People with outstanding warrants can turn themselves in at Halifax Regional Police Headquarters and at any Halifax Regional Police Divisional Office.
Can I still turn myself in if I am wanted for a violent offence?
People with any type of outstanding warrant(s) are welcome to participate in Voluntary Surrender.
Is Voluntary Surrender an amnesty program?
Voluntary Surrender is not an amnesty program. People who attend Voluntary Surrender will most likely have their warrants resolved, which means police will no longer be looking to arrest them, and the warrant will be replaced with a court date. The handling of the related charges is solely decided in court.
What happens if I don’t turn myself in during Voluntary Surrender?
Warrants don’t expire so police will continue to have grounds to arrest you, which could happen at any time, including at your home, in front of your family and children, at work or during a routine traffic stop. Outstanding warrants can impede a person’s ability to travel freely inside and outside of Canada.
Can I turn myself in if I live outside of Halifax?
People with a warrant issued in any Canadian province are welcome to participate in Voluntary Surrender.
If your question wasn’t answered above, contact Cst. Tony McGrath or Cst. Amy Anstey, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 902-490-5989