A number of concerns about moving provincial offences court from Minden to Lindsay are being raised. Ontario’s Regional Senior Justice of the Peace, Brian Norton, recently made the decision because of a staff shortage at the Minden Hills courthouse. Normally, there should be 48 full-time Justices of the Peace in the region, but right now there are 11 open spots.

Minden Hills council isn’t impressed with the decision, saying they weren’t consulted beforehand even though the revenue from things like speeding tickets goes to the municipality. Council also notes people going to the Minden courthouse would sometimes stay and shop, but now that won’t be happening. There are also concerns about the cost for police officers making the hour drive to the Lindsay courthouse.

Council is now going to send a letter to the province outlining its concerns.