City’s GM of Court Services retires after 29 years

Guelph, Ont., June 6, 2018 – After a distinguished 29-year career with the City of Guelph, General Manager of Court Services, Brad Coutts, will retire on June 22.

“It’s always with mixed feelings that we say good-bye to such a dedicated employee,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO, Corporate Services. “Brad was instrumental in the transfer of Provincial Offences Court Administration and Prosecutions to the City of Guelph from the Province in 2000, and led the design and renovation of Guelph’s historic former City Hall into its current use as the Provincial Offences Court serving Guelph-Wellington. We wish him well in his retirement.”

Brad, a graduate of Dalhousie University, is a licensed paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario and was a founding member of the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario in 1995. Brad served six years as the Treasurer of its Board of Directors, and was awarded a lifetime membership with that association in 2002.

Brad is also a founding member of the Municipal Court Managers’ Association of Ontario (MCMA), which was established in 2002 in support of the 52 municipalities operating courts in 64 court service areas. Brad served as the inaugural President of the MCMA, and as its West Region Director until 2005.  He was awarded the MCMA’s Leadership Award in 2016.

In addition to his career at the City of Guelph, Brad has been a part-time professor in the Paralegal Studies Program at Sheridan College since 2009 where he teaches courses in Provincial Offences law, Criminal Summary Conviction law, Torts and Contracts, and Civil Trial Procedures and Advocacy.

“It has been my great honour and pleasure to have served the citizens of Guelph and Wellington over these past decades,” said Coutts. “The dedication of our Court Services team, the justice system stakeholders, and the support of both City and County Administrations and Councils, has resulted in one of the most effective and efficient Provincial Offences Courts in Ontario. I am confident that public access to justice has never been better.”

“In the court of peers, Brad will be missed by his many colleagues at the City,” added Lee.

Media Contact

Trevor Lee
Deputy CAO, Corporate Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260, extension 2281
trevor.lee@guelph.ca