New independent adjudication program in Golden

Golden joined 60 other local governments which already use an adjudication system offered through the Ministry of Justice.

Golden and area residents involved in minor bylaw infractions, such as animal and zoning complaints, now have the choice to take their disputes to an independent adjudicator working outside the traditional courtroom.

The Town of Golden has joined 60 other local governments which already use an adjudication system piloted eight years ago and offered through the Ministry of Justice.

The adjudication system eliminates the roles of court and court registries in the administration and hearing of these disputes. This type of adjudication is said to save time and money while making a more efficient use of court resources.

Golden is planning to use the new system to enforce traffic control, animal control, zoning and waste collection, and management.

“Taking a matter to court can be a lengthy process, and this system saves people time and helps reduce pressure on the courts without increasing costs to taxpayers. This will allow Golden to join the 60 other local governments who currently use this process,” Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Shirley Bond said.

Mayor of Golden, Christina Benty added, “I am delighted to have Golden accepted into the bylaw adjudication system, which provides us the ability to be far more efficient and effective in enforcing several regulatory bylaws in our community. It will not only greatly improve compliance, but also public regard for our authority as we achieve greater success in enforcing rules that most citizens of our community accept and want followed.”

 

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