Aitken Robertson | Criminal Lawyers in Perth
If you are facing criminal charges in Perth, Lanark County or in the surrounding area, the law firm of Aitken Robertson can help you. Aitken Robertson’s team of dedicated legal professionals have over 100 years of combined experience defending people in the Ontario criminal courts. Our lawyers and paralegals stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the by taking continuing legal education courses on a regular basis. Aitken Robertson’s lawyers even travel out of the country to get the best training available.
Call Aitken Robertson for a 30-minute free consultation to talk to one of the firm’s criminal lawyers in the Perth area and let us show you how we can help you.
Court Information for Criminal Offences in Perth
Criminal offences that arise in Perth and Lanark County, are heard at the Perth Courthouse located at: 43 Drummond St E, Perth, ON. Court office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Counter service hours at this time are 9 – 11 am and 2 – 4 pm, Monday to Friday. There is also a satellite criminal court in Smiths Falls, located at: 39 Chambers St. Rm 307 Smiths Falls ON.
Because of COVID-19, many criminal court matters were postponed and were being dealt with by internet. Normal procedures are resuming, but as the situation is changing, it’s best to inquire ahead of your court date and ask how your matter will be dealt with. You can contact the court by phone at: (613) 267-2021or by email at Perth.OCJ.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will be able to tell you what the current rules for your court are and will be able to appear at most of your court appearances on your behalf.
There is free parking in a lot nearby the courthouse and also public parking on the street.
If during your trip to the Perth Courthouse you have time to eat, Perth has all of the usual fast-food places, such as McDonalds and Dairy Queen but there are also a few restaurants that have earned good reviews that are not far from the courthouse. Here are a few:
- Michael’s Table, serving North American fare such as sandwiches, burgers, steak, fish, ribs and chicken. Their full menu is available for dining-in or take-out.
- Maximilian Restaurant, located in a heritage building alongside the Tay River, serving German and European cuisine, for example Wienerschnitzel and offering both a dine-in menu and a take-out menu.
- Mex & Co., serving typical Mexican food such as fajitas and tacos. Many of their dishes are also available in vegetarian form and there are vegan and gluten-free options as well. There is outdoor waterfront setting. Offers dine-in and curbside pickup options.
Looking For a Criminal Lawyer in Perth and Lanark County?
The town of Perth in Lanark County Ontario is only 83 km (so about 45 minutes) southwest of the nation’s capital. So if you are driving to or from Ottawa on Highway 7, you’ll pass through part of it. But you’ll miss the really pretty part. If you head off 7 and go into the “business section” of town, you will be happy to find that the original downtown of the 1800s, with “heritage stone buildings and beautiful setting beside the Tay Canal remains much as it was built by the first settlers in Perth.”1
Founded in 1816, Perth was originally a military settlement established after the War of 1812 and many of the first settlers were military veterans from Canada as well as veterans from Europe who were offered land in return for their service.2 “For many years Perth was the military, judicial, political and social capital, not only of the County of Lanark, but of the whole of the Ottawa Valley . . . . “3 In fact, when Ottawa was still the town of Bytown, people from there “had to come to Perth for their law and justice, for the law courts of the whole great district were located there.”4 The courthouse, which was rebuilt after a fire in 1841, is still in use and is a heritage property. Perth is also the place where the last fatal duel in Upper Canada took place.5
Horse lovers will know that Perth is near where the great Canadian show jumping horse Big Ben is buried and that it is where the life-size bronze statue of this horse and his equally famous rider, Ian Millar, is located. (Millar’s Millar Brooke Farm is nearby).
Things to Do in Perth
Perth’s lovely heritage downtown is full of boutiques and restaurants. The architecture alone is worth a look. The downtown is built on the island formed by a split in the Tay River that passes through Perth, adding to the charm of the town. Stewart Park located behind the beautiful Town Hall, “features gardens, bridges, walking paths and treed picnic areas along the Tay River.”6 Every summer this park hosts a free music festival with live music and vendors. For the active sort, heritage walking tours of the downtown as well as cycling tours of the surrounding areas and paddling tours of the Tay Canal are available: http://perthhs.org/tours.html
And it might be of interest to the really active, that Perth is also home to “Perth’s World Record Kilt Run.” This is a charity run in which the competitors all wear traditional Scottish kilts. (The name of the run refers to the fact that it is an official Guinness World record holder for number of participants.)
Crime in Perth
Perth is generally, a pretty safe place to live. A quick check of the webpage of the local online news page for Perth7 tends to show crimes like theft, break and enters, impaired driving and road rage. However, in March of 2022, there was also some reporting about a child sexual exploitation case in which a Perth man was charged and a murder case involving an accused from nearby Smiths Falls. While areavibes (a website that profiles communities and measures their livability) reports that in 2020 Perth’s crime rate was 15% above the national average,8 you can’t take their numbers simply at face value. As stated by the FBI commenting on such websites:
“These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into many variables that mold the crime….Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions…”9