The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) has recently launched a new system that simplifies the process of disputing bylaw tickets. The Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System enables disputes to be handled locally, rather than going through Provincial Courts. This new system was approved during the regular meeting held on February 16th, and it has already been adopted by over 110 local governments across British Columbia.
The new adjudication method allows for bylaw notices to be disputed out of court with an impartial adjudicator appointed by the Provincial Attorney General’s Office. This will make the process more efficient, cost-effective, and convenient for citizens who wish to dispute a ticket. Attendance at an adjudication hearing is not mandatory and can be conducted through phone, video or in writing.
After receiving a ticket, citizens have two options: they can either pay the fine or dispute it. If they choose to dispute it, other options may include entering into a compliance agreement that would reduce the penalty. During the final stage of the process, disputes will be reviewed at a hearing by an independent adjudicator who can either confirm or cancel the notice.
This new system will simplify the dispute process for bylaw infractions, making it more efficient and cost-effective. It will also reduce ticket dispute time and eliminate the need to employ lawyers or take cases to court. Additionally, this new system is expected to save time for both citizens and officials alike.
The CSRD officials believe that this new system is more convenient for citizens wishing to dispute a ticket as they do not have to attend hearings in person. They are optimistic that this new method will encourage people to take advantage of their right to challenge fines without having any legal background knowledge.
If you have any questions regarding this new system or want further information about how it works, you can email [email protected] for assistance.
In conclusion, with more than 110 local governments adopting this new method across British Columbia, we can expect positive results from this initiative in simplifying and streamlining our current legal processes related to bylaw infractions.