Nova Scotia Department of Justice

About the Department

The Department of Justice is committed to the fair and effective administration of justice and to excellence in service to the people of Nova Scotia. 

Guiding Principles

We are accountable to the citizens of Nova Scotia. We will strive to inform the public of our activities through a policy of openness and accessibility.

The Department will be sensitive and responsive to the needs of the public we serve. Our programs and policies will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to measure their validity and effectiveness.

Value for Money
We will ensure that the resources supplied by the taxpayer of Nova Scotia are used to provide the best value in performance and productivity.

Justice is a shared responsibility of governments, communities and individuals We believe we can best achieve our mission by entering into partnerships with citizens, organizations and other jurisdictions.

Commitment to our Staff
We are committed to providing a working environment that is challenging,rewarding and physically safe; where individual and team contribution is recognized; where respect for the individual is fostered; and where people can develop professionally and personally.

We aspire to excellence in all work and in the quality of all our programs.

We will cultivate leadership and innovation throughout our organization to prepare for change.

The work of the Department will be carried out in a manner that is respectful of the rights of everyone.

Policy and program standards of fairness, honesty, integrity and quality will be consistently applied.

Rule of Law
In a democratic society, law is the surest expression of the public will We contribute our skills to making law; promoting the rule of law; promoting decision-making based on law; and ensuring that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law.