Education

We have eight terrific courses that will help public servants and law enforcers do their job more effectively.  Please click on the course titles below to see full descriptions.  If you are interested in taking a course, please fill in your information below, pick your course, your preferred location and your availability.  When sufficient numbers exist, we will put on a course and notify you when registration opens. You are not obligated to take the course by entering information below.​

 

Prosecute This

Learn how to prosecute tickets in Court!

What will you learn?

  • The basics of starting prosecutions;
  • How to manage a case through court;
  • How to conduct a trial like a lawyer;
  • How to ask the right questions, and when not to ask questions; and
  • Participate in multiple mock trials to gain practical experience.

Who should take this course?

  • Bylaw officers;
  • Animal control officers;
  • Staff who issue tickets;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about the court process.

Cost:

  • $895 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Empower staff to control their own tickets;
  • Save money on lawyers;
  • Demystify the trial process;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion.

Prosecute This 2

Learn how to develop and effectively manage a bylaw enforcement service.

What will you learn?

  • Develop an effective bylaw enforcement service;
  • Advanced compliance options;
  • How to use legal assistance effectively;
  • Cost-effective compliance; and
  • Working with elected officials.

Who should take this course?

  • Chief Administrative Officers
  • Department heads and managers
  • Senior Bylaw and Enforcement Managers
  • Bylaw Officers with three years experience or Prosecute This
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to improve their bylaw service.

Cost:

  • $895 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Deliver a better bylaw service;
  • Use limited resources effectively;
  • Use an escalating and creative approach to effect compliance;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Getting to Compliance

Learn all the compliance options available to local governments.

What will you learn?

  • Inspections, right of entry, search and seizure;
  • Administrative enforcement;
  • Provincial Court options; and
  • Supreme Court civil injunctions.

Who should take this course?

  • Chief Administrative Officers and Department heads;
  • Managers, Planners, Inspectors and Bylaw Officers;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about all the compliance options available to local governments.

Cost:

  • $695 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Understand the options available to local governments;
  • Use the best process to solve each problem;
  • Save legal costs by using cost-effective options;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Bite Back

Learn how local governments protect the public from dangerous and noisy dogs.

What will you learn?

  • Statutory and bylaw authority over dogs;
  • Noisy dog options;
  • Dangerous dog options;
  • Choosing the best legal process; and
  • Case law on dogs.

Who should take this course?

  • Animal Control Officers;
  • Bylaw Officers;
  • Senior Managers or Department heads;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about how to deal with problem dogs and their owners.

Cost:

  • $795 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Provide an effective dog control service;
  • Understand your legal authority over dogs;
  • Save time and legal costs through best dog practices;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Night Court

Learn how to process tickets using the bylaw notice tribunal.

What will you learn?

  • How the bylaw notice ticket works;
  • Develop an effective bylaw notice tribunal procedure;
  • Conduct an effective ticket hearing;
  • Saving money through effective cost sharing of the hearing; and
  • Avoid the legal pitfalls of the tribunal process.

Who should take this course?

  • Senior Managers and Department heads;
  • Chief Administrative Officers;
  • Bylaw Officers;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about the bylaw tribunal notice.

Cost:

  • $695 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Understand the pros and cons of this potential game changer for ticket prosecutions;
  • Save legal costs by simplifying and stream-lining bylaw notice prosecutions;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Occupy This

Learn how to deal with “tent cities”, repeat offenders and problem businesses.

What will you learn?

  • In depth review of legal tools for injunctions, prosecutions and business license appeals;
  • Internal and external remedies available to local government staff;
  • Dispel common myths about the “rights” of businesses, campers and repeat offenders; and
  • Build winnable cases.

Who should take this course?

  • Chief Administrative Officers and Mayors/Chairs;
  • Managers of Business Licensing, Parks and Public Safety;
  • Bylaw Officers;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about how to deal with “tent cities”, repeat offenders and problem businesses.

Cost:

  • $695 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Solve public defiance cases effectively;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Remedy This

Learn the in-house options to resolve property problems.

What will you learn?

  • The unsightly premises procedure;
  • Compelling property owners to remedy hazards and nuisances at their own expense;
  • Advanced cost recovery;
  • Distinctions between powers available to regional districts and municipalities; and
  • Avoiding costly procedural mistakes.

Who should take this course?

  • CAO’s and Senior Department heads;
  • Mayors and Councillors;
  • Development Service Managers and Building Inspectors;
  • Bylaw Inspectors and Enforcement Officers;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about how to deal with problem properties.

Cost:

  • $895 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Learn the administrative options to dealing with problem properties;
  • Navigate the due process hurdles;
  • Use effective tools that will save legal costs and provide you 100% cost recovery;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents; and
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

Injunction Junction

Learn how to effectively use the strongest compliance option for local governments.

What will you learn?

  • Effective use of the Supreme Court Civil Injunction;
  • Working with lawyers to develop a winning case;
  • Understanding bylaws, regulations, statutes and case law;
  • Smarter, cost effective Court strategies.

Who should take this course?

  • Chief Administrative Officers and Department Heads/Managers;
  • Planners, Building Inspectors, Parks and Bylaw;
  • Any staff or elected official who seeks to learn more about the civil court process and effective remedies.

Cost:

  • $695 + GST/PST per student.
  • Package deals available for in-house staff training.
  • 15% discount for GovLaw clients.*

 

* GovLaw client is any local government with one or more active files with GovLaw

Why take this course?

  • Achieve quicker and better Court decisions;
  • Save legal costs with the smart use of “consent orders” and “contempt” applications;
  • Work effectively with legal counsel to win your case;
  • Receive an invaluable course manual on steps and precedents;
  • Achieve a Certificate of Course Completion

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