Coldstream residents are being provided with a streamlined process for minor bylaw infractions.
They can now take disputes like animal and zoning complaints to an independent adjudicator working outside the courtroom starting Sept. 30.
“Bylaw notice enforcement is a tool that can be used as an alternative to municipal ticket information in an effort to achieve compliance with district bylaws,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.
“The adjudication system provides a simple, fair and cost-effective system for dealing with minor bylaw infraction and promotes the timely resolution of bylaw enforcement disputes.”
According to B.C.’s Ministry of Justice, the adjudication system saves municipalities time and money and makes for more efficient use of court resources by eliminating the roles of court and court registries in the administration and hearing of these disputes.
Each jurisdiction determines which bylaws it would like included in the process.
Coldstream plans to use the system to enforce zoning, fire prevention, business, noise control, traffic and highway and snow removal bylaws.
As part of ongoing reform to the justice system, the B.C. government is increasing the number of alternative ways to resolve disputes, when appropriate, without requiring individuals to use the courts.
“No one wants to spend a lot of time in court if they don’t have to,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.
“That’s what’s so great about the bylaw adjudication system. It allows people who are disputing bylaw infractions to deal with them quickly and efficiently outside a court room – saving everyone involved time and money.”