Dufferin County council has directed staff to start discussions with the Ministry of the Attorney General on transferring Provincial Offences Administration duties from the Town of Caledon to the county.
Mono Deputy Mayor Ken McGhee, who chairs Dufferin’s General Government Services Committee, says the county has reached an impasse with Caledon.
Ontario Superior Court and POA staff have been fighting for space at the Orangeville courthouse for several years, primarily over the use of courtroom 103.
Courtroom 103 is used for POA matters and criminal court trials.
For the past few years, the county and Caledon have been trying to negotiate a new deal to keep POA court services at the courthouse.
Options have been to keep the status quo, relocate the POA staff in the courthouse or move POA matters to Caledon.
Earlier this year, county council voted in favour of presenting a lease agreement to Caledon that would move POA staff into the Louisa Street side of the courthouse.
Caledon staff called the offer “unacceptable” and said the space was “inadequate” for delivering its required service.