Surrey is getting a so-called “justice hub”, but according to the Surrey Leader, long held plans for a community court are now off the table.
And that disappoints and baffles former mayor and current federal MP Dianne Watts, who lobbied hard for the community court for a long time.
“It’s best modelled in New York; people have replicated it all over the world and that was what we wanted to do and, it was promised all along, and so it’s a little disappointing that it’s not coming to Surrey.”
“I am very disappointed. I know as I was mayor for almost a decade and the council that served with me really pushed to have a community court.”
Watts insists community courts work.
“When they do the analysis of the individuals and the recidivism rate, all of those things, the stats are stellar. Because it is actually getting to the root cause, it is helping people that need to be helped, and it’s removing them from the justice system, which is exactly what you want.”
We have calls out to Attorney General Suzanne Anton and Surrey mayor Linda Hepner.