My Township has an ordinance relating to grass needing to be cut on a regular basis. The penalties for violating include fines up to $1,000 and jailtime. Presumably the latter is not used on the regular, but given it is written into the ordinance as a penalty I would think that means violating this ordinance constitutes a criminal offense.
For the purposes of adjudicating this ordinance, the administrative rules stipulate that a hearing by a Public Officer must occur and that the, "rules of evidence prevailing in the Courts shall not be controlling in hearings before the Public Officer."
Given the penalties for violating this ordinance include a loss of liberty, is it unlawful for this ordinance to dismiss the rules of evidence? It seems to be this would deny a defendant the right to a fair trial.