Nova Scotia Department of Justice


Restorative Justice

Megan and Carolyn's story is a powerful example of Restorative Justice working at its very best. It is a different way of delivering justice. It provides an opportunity for the victim and community to have a voice. It allows victims and community decide together on a just and fair outcome. Everyone has a say.


Outreach for Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Justice Minister Mark Furey embraces Vanessa Brooks, whose sister, Tanya, was murdered eight years ago. Minister Furey announced establishment of the Family Information and Liaison Unit and the hiring of three community outreach specialists to provide support to families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.


Learning the L’nu-way

Nova Scotia Correctional Services staff across the province are learning about what it means to be Mi'kmaq.


Samantha Mercer Report

The independent review of the investigation into the death of Samantha Mercer more than a decade ago has concluded.


Province to Improve Civil Weddings Program

More Nova Scotians will soon be able to get married by a justice of the peace. Government is improving the Civil Weddings Program and increasing the number of justices of the peace who can perform a civil wedding.


Cannabis legalization Access to Estate Management Data

Cyber-Safety Act – legislation to protect victims of cyberbullying

The Cyber-Safety Act was introduced on April 25, 2013 to better protect victims of cyberbullying and hold cyberbullies accountable for their actions. The legislation will create the country's first Cyber SCAN investigative unit and allow families and victims to get protection orders from the court. School principals will also have clear authority to act against bullying or cyberbullying, on or off school grounds.

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Fact Sheet - English Version | en français

The Province is Making Key Decisions About the Legalization of Cannabis

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Inquiry Recommended into the Deaths of Lionel Desmond and his Family

Dec. 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Dr. Matt Bowes, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Examiner, today, Dec. 28, recommended an inquiry into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family under the Fatality Investigations Act.

Approbation du règlement de la loi sur la capacité et la prise de décisions des adultes

Dec. 14, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Le gouverneur en conseil a approuvé aujourd’hui, 14 décembre, le règlement de la loi sur la capacité et la prise de décisions des adultes (Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act) en préparation à l’entrée en vigueur de la loi le 28 décembre prochain.

Adult Capacity and Decision-making Regulations Approved

Dec. 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Regulations for the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act were approved by Governor-in-Council today, Dec. 14, in preparation for the act coming into force Dec. 28.

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