Duncan considers new way to settle small disputes

Duncan is considering joining Nanaimo and Parksville in a new program that will see bylaw disputes handled through an adjudicator instead of provincial court.

The two northerly neighbours are interested in establishing a joint adjudication registry to handle minor bylaw infraction tickets for residents who choose to dispute them.

They expect the process to lower the resolution process from about 12 months down to six weeks while reducing costs and time required for city resources.

“The best part about it is that for the common person disputing a ticket, it will be much easier,” said Rod Davidson, City of Nanaimo’s manager of parking services. “The evidence will already have been considered, people don’t have to appear with a lawyer, it is far more efficient.”

Disputes commonly include parking tickets, dog licences and minor zoning infractions.

More than 50 other B.C. municipal governments are using the system, which was piloted more than eight years ago in North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and the City of West Vancouver.

— Nanaimo News Bulletin

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