Nova Scotia Domestic Violence Action Plan Update 2012
Domestic Violence Action Plan
On Nov. 20, 2012, Justice Minister Ross Landry announced the Transgendered Persons Protection Act. This Act makes it clear that Nova Scotians cannot be denied a job, a place to live or service at a business because they are transgender. Nova Scotia is the fourth jurisdiction in Canada to include a specific reference to gender identity in its human rights legislation.
In Nova Scotia, civil wedding ceremonies can be performed by:
To be able to perform a wedding ceremony, Justices of the Peace (or JPs as they are more commonly known) must complete a Nova Scotia Department of Justice training course. They must also be registered with the Department of Business and Consumer Services. A list of those authorized to perform wedding ceremonies is available at any Justice Centre or with any issuer of marriage licences. JPs are listed by county but are authorized to perform ceremonies in any county in the province.
If you want your ceremony to be performed in a Justice Centre, just contact one of the Justice Centres. There is a designated marriage scheduler at each Justice Centre who can assist you and inform you of dates and times available. They can give you a fact sheet on weddings at Justice Centres that may help you plan your ceremony.
If you would like your ceremony to be held in your home or some other location that is special to you, you may:
Although judges and JPs will try to accommodate individual preferences to ensure that your important day is a memorable one, civil ceremonies must be performed with dignity and with the appropriate decorum. Discuss your specific wishes and preferences for your special day with the person who will be performing the ceremony beforehand.
Click here for information about the cost of a wedding held at a Justice Centre. If you choose another location, you must discuss and agree upon the appropriate fee with the person performing the ceremony.
You must obtain your own marriage licence prior to the wedding. You must provide the marriage licence to the person officiating at the ceremony, at least three days prior to the ceremony.
Marriage licences will not be issued from the courts. A list of where marriage licences can be obtained is available at Justice Centres throughout the province or by clicking here.
For information on the cost of a marriage licence click here.
You will need to take the marriage licence to the ceremony, so the person performing the wedding can sign it and your marriage can be registered.