Bylaw Adjudication Consultation on July 6

In partnership with UBCM, the Province’s Court Services Branch will engage and consult with local governments to understand their perspectives on the current program model for bylaw adjudication.  The roundtable session is scheduled for July 6 from 2:00-4:00 pm in New Westminster.

Bylaw Adjudication offers an alternative approach to dispute resolution for processing and resolving minor bylaw infractions for local governments. It enables adjudication of minor bylaw infractions outside of the court system, and provides local governments with a timely and cost-effective system for administering minor bylaw infractions.

In 2013, Court Services Branch organized a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select roster organizations to assist in managing the program. Two roster organizations were selected and are responsible for establishing a list of adjudicators, training adjudicators, scheduling hearings, and paying adjudicators for their services.

Local governments enrolled in this program were provided with the option of contracting with one or both of the roster organizations for a period of three years. Anticipating that the contracts between local governments and roster organizations will expire by November 31, 2016, the Province would like to consult with local governments to obtain input on the current system. Feedback from this session will be used by the Ministry to contribute to future program development.  Interested individuals can attend in person: Main Boardroom (#139) New Westminster Courthouse (651 Carnarvon Street), or via conference call as follows:

Dial In Numbers: 1-877-353-9184 OR 604-681-0260

Passcode: 8426695#

If you have questions about this program or the July 6th meeting, please contact Alvin Lau, Senior Policy Analyst, Court Services Branch.

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