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.
What you need to know if you've been summoned for Jury Duty in Nova Scotia:
Below are some frequently asked questions about being summoned for jury duty:
There are juries chosen for both civil disputes and criminal cases. A jury consists of 12 people (criminal jury) or 7 people (civil jury) who are selected to hear the evidence in a trial. Juries apply the law, as stated by the judge, to the facts of a case and render a decision. In criminal cases, the jury does not participate in sentencing.
In Nova Scotia, anyone who is a Canadian citizen and 18 years or older may be a juror unless:
Your name was selected at random from names taken from the Health Registration List. Being selected means that you have to report for jury duty — it does not mean that you will necessarily sit on a jury.
You will need to follow the steps laid out below:
Remember that serving on a jury is an important responsibility. It is your chance to be involved in the justice system. You can only be excused from jury duty if you have a good reason.
To ask be excused/deferred from jury duty, you must fill out the "Application to be Excused From Jury Duty." This form is included in the package of documents you received. The Jury Coordinator may excuse you from jury duty if serving on a jury will cause you hardship or if you are ill. If you are asking to be excused because you are ill, you must also send in a Medical Certificate filled out by your doctor, unless you are age 70 years or older. This form is also included in your package.
If serving on a jury is inconvenient now, but you could serve in the near future, the Jury Coordinator may defer you to the next jury session. This means that you will have to serve in the next month or so.
If the Jury Coordinator denies your application, it will then be forwarded to the Judge to review.
The Jury Coordinator will contact you by telephone to let you know if your application has been approved or denied. If you are not excused from jury duty, you must attend court.
Jury duty is a responsibility that must be taken seriously. If you do not send in the Juror Information Form or if you do not show up for jury duty without being excused, you may be arrested and fined up to $1000.
That's fine. If you are chosen to sit on a jury, the judge will give you information about what will happen next and what you need to know.
Yes. You are entitled to unpaid leave to attend for jury duty. Some employers pay their employees regular wages while attending court for jury duty. Check with your employer.
If selected to sit on a jury, you will be paid $40.00 per day plus mileage – a daily rate of 20 cents per kilometer from your home to the Justice Centre and back.
If not selected to sit on a jury, but you travelled more than 100 kilometers in response to a jury summons, you will be paid 20¢ a kilometer from your home to the Justice Centre and back.
Attending court for jury duty will not affect your benefits.
Call the Jury Coordinator for your court. Their name and phone number is on the Juror Summons you received in the mail.