People who use our courts, whether they are attending a hearing, paying a fine or accessing Legal Aid, want to know they have access to a safe and secure justice system.
We want to be sure that we are using our resources to operate the most efficient court system possible. To help keep Nova Scotia’s justice system sustainable, we’re making changes focused on improving safety while ensuring timely access to court services and lowering costs. The department has identified several areas where we can preserve, and in some cases, improve the effectiveness of our court system.
Operational changes include:
7 of the province’s 12 satellite courts will be consolidated at local Justice Centres:
Many of our satellite courts are underutilized and have declining caseloads, and they are costly to operate. They are located in rented spaces that do not have the security features that a modern justice system requires.
The Justice of the Peace Centre in Dartmouth will operate under reduced hours during the day:
The Justice of the Peace Centre in Dartmouth currently provides services 24/7. Work includes issuing various warrants, emergency protection orders under the Domestic Violence Intervention and Cyber Bullying Act.
Consolidation of Night Court operations to Halifax Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road:
Night Court currently operates in Dartmouth and Halifax 4 nights a week. Matters handled include Summary Offense Tickets and contested peace bonds.