Gatineau courts overloaded
It has come to my attention that there is a need to authorize some of the Gatineau municipal control officers with the Gatineau municipal animal control with the right to give out summons/tickets after issuing a warning with a bylaw infraction.
The current municipal animal control practice is to have the plaintiff fill out a form to have the plaintiff and the accused show up at the municipal court so a judge can make a decision on the matter.
This is happening for complaints of dog excrements on the property line and for dogs not being on a leash, which is supposed to be a bylaw infraction and thus having a summons/infraction ticket given to the accused after an inspection of the proof and a warning.
Gatineau’s missing procedure of authorizing some municipal officers with the right to give out summons/tickets after an inspection and a warning is overloading Gatineau’s municipal courts with nonsense complaints and is overloading the court schedules and judges’ decisions when the judges could concentrate on more important court matters.