Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Laurie Scott, Member of Provincial Parliament for Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock, will be calling on the Attorney General to stop the closure of the Provincial Offences Court in the Town of Minden.
She will be at the Minden courthouse, at 7 Milne Street, at 3p.m. on Friday, April 7th, to formally launch a petition to the government.
“The Wynne government made the decision to close this Court, without any consultation with the County of Haliburton,” MPP Scott has said on the issue. “If the Attorney General moves forward with this, he will reduce access to justice for many people in the county.”
The decision to move the Court from Minden to Lindsay, between July of 2017 and July 2018, has far-reaching consequences. Not only do many residents not have the means of travelling to Lindsay, but the closure of the Court in Minden will also hurt the local economy.
The government is moving forward with the closure, despite the fact there are currently only 33 justices of the peace in the Central East Region, where there should be 48.
This has led to a situation where 1550 charges in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton did not receive a court date in 2016.
“Criminals are getting off scot- free because of the government’s mismanagement,” says MPP Scott.
“I encourage concerned constituents to sign my petition, so that we can keep the Minden courthouse open, like we did Service Ontario,” Scott concluded.
The petition can be signed online, at lauriescottmpp.com.
If you have any questions or would like to follow up, please do not hesitate to contact MPP Scott’s constituency office in Lindsay, at 705-324-6654, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.