Environment Prosecutor Appointed

Public Prosecution Service/Environment

July 18, 2018 11:38 AM

Government has appointed a prosecutor to focus on the environment.

Brian Cox, a senior Crown attorney in Halifax, has been appointed to the special prosecutions section of the Public Prosecution Service.

He will take cases to court related to the Environment Act, food safety, public health, meat inspection, fisheries and aquaculture, animal welfare, natural resources and the fur industry.

Mr. Cox will begin his new position in early September.
“Breaching the laws that protect our environment has consequences and that can include prosecution,” said Environment Minister Margaret Miller. “Having an experienced Crown attorney who specializes in environmental and regulatory issues will help us to ensure that people and companies are held accountable when they put our environment at risk.”

“The province, and the Public Prosecution Service, are committed to strengthening our ability to investigate and prosecute those who harm our environment,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey. “Those who run afoul of the law must understand there are legal consequences.”

A 2010 graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Mr. Cox is an experienced prosecutor. He was a Crown prosecutor in Alberta before joining the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service in 2014. He has conducted a wide range of criminal prosecutions in both the provincial courts and the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

Penalties for offences prosecuted under the Environment Act can lead to fines up to $1 million.


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     A Crown attorney has been appointed to focus on the

environment.

     Brian Cox, a senior Crown attorney in Halifax, will focus

on cases about the Environment Act, food safety, public health,

meat inspection, fisheries and aquaculture and many others.

     Environment Minister Margaret Miller says having a

dedicated prosecutor will help ensure people and companies face

consequences when they put the environment at risk.

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Media Contacts: Bruce Nunn
                Department of Environment
                902-476-6454
                Email: bruce.x.nunn@novascotia.ca

                Chris Hansen
                Public Prosecution Service
                902-430-5529
                Email: chris.hansen@novascotia.ca