By John Miller
Community governments have options of how to enforce compliance with town/county ordinances and guidelines. Some pick to make the most of a board, usually made up of citizens. When this method has added benefits, it is reliant upon citizen participation and can be liable to popular view and even private grudges. A repeated option is a exclusive justice of the peace. Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville shorelines every make use of a distinctive magistrate for code enforcement.
The proceedings are quasi-judicial, with some degree of formality, but noticeably a lot less than a courtroom continuing. A choice is rendered and is enforceable and can be appealed. Some contributors pick out to be represented by an legal professional, as all are permitted to do.
Shorelines resident and present Circuit Courtroom Choose Jeb Branham was formerly a particular justice of the peace. He has the pursuing to say about the posture: “In Florida, cities and counties have the choice to appoint a particular justice of the peace instead of utilizing a full code enforcement board to conduct hearings to decide whether a human being has violated a local ordinance and what the penalty will be if a violation is observed. Code enforcement boards are composed of members of the group, even though a specific justice of the peace is ordinarily a lawyer. A distinctive justice of the peace features pretty a lot like a decide in court docket. They will typically carry out code enforcement hearings in the same way to how judges perform trials. In my knowledge, acquiring a particular justice of the peace conduct code enforcement hearing will work well for the two the town or county and the citizens.”
Jacksonville Seaside has an lively particular justice of the peace docket. With regard to the purpose of the placement, Town Supervisor Mike Staffopoulos claims: “Our objective at the metropolis is compliance, and not fines or generating cash. If anyone follows our codes, we will have a local community that all inhabitants and business enterprise homeowners can be proud of!” At the central main, the job of the unique justice of the peace is to uphold group standards as adopted by regional ordinances and therefore support maintain an interesting metropolis and residence values.
Judge John has now served in his position for these kinds of a period of time of time that he is the recent longest sitting particular magistrate at the Seashores. In my practical experience, the staff of the quite a few beach locations metropolitan areas do their greatest to act fairly and in compliance with their city codes. All those of us who do provide as magistrates do so as a sort of group provider to give back to the beaches that we love so significantly. We try to guarantee that each citizen has a honest possibility to have their voice heard about the troubles right before the hearing.
Distinctive justice of the peace hearings are open to the community (as extensive as decorum is noticed) and are a excellent opportunity to observe local legislation in action at the most essential amount of our democracy.
John Miller is the distinctive magistrate for the City of Neptune Seaside. His law agency, Rock Sound Law & Title, offers professional advice in all places of estate planning, have confidence in & wills, true estate, closings, title & escrow, and modest organization illustration. 904-241-1113.
Do you have any issues of law or customs that are of specific fascination to individuals living the Sand Existence on our attractive island? Make sure you submit them to Judge John for consideration for a future report. [email protected]