News releases from Justice (Page 1)

Halifax Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program


Government is offering a reward of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the homicide of 45-year-old Jason Andrew Smith.

Statement from Mark Furey, Minister of Justice and Attorney General


I have heard from family members and many Nova Scotians who are opposed to a joint review of the tragic events of April 18 and 19 and would prefer a joint public inquiry.

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Announce Joint Review of Nova Scotia Tragedy


The tragedy that occurred on April 18 and 19 in Nova Scotia left families and communities across the province suffering unimaginable trauma, pain and loss.

Two New Judges Appointed to Provincial and Family Court


NOTE: Photos of the judges are available at

Inmate in Custody


The inmate who escaped from the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Pictou County, Friday, June 5, is now in police custody.

Inmate Escapes from Northeast Correctional Facility


An inmate escaped from the Northeast Correctional Facility near New Glasgow today, at about 8-8:30 p.m.

Correctional Facilities Take Further Acton to Prevent Covid-19

Justice / COVID - 19

To help further prevent COVID-19 from impacting inmates and staff at correctional facilities, 41 people who are serving intermittent sentences in the province’s four adult correctional facilities will be released on temporary absence.

All Visits to Correctional Facilities Suspended to Prevent COVID-19

Justice / COVID - 19

In the interest of the health and safety of inmates, their families, Correctional Services staff and the public, Nova Scotia’s correctional facilities will be closed to all visitors until further notice, effective immediately.

Changes to Correctional Facilities Visits to Prevent COVID-19

Justice / COVID - 19

In the interest of the health and safety of inmates, their families, Correctional Services staff and the public, Nova Scotia’s correctional facilities will be closed to volunteer organizations until further notice, effective immediately.

Sergeant-at-Arms Made Peace Officer for Province House


To help ensure the continued safety and security of those who work in or visit the provincial legislature, the sergeant-at-arms at Province House, will be made a peace officer.

Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel


Fourteen of the province’s top lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen’s counsel (QC) designation.

Better Support for Those Who Use Legal Aid


Changes introduced to the Legal Aid Act today, Feb. 25, will support thousands of Nova Scotians who need help with legal matters and rely on the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission.

Province Seeks Input into Parenting and Support Act


Government is inviting Nova Scotians to share their views on proposed changes to the province’s parenting and support laws.

La Province invite les commentaires au sujet de la loi sur le rôle parental et les pensions alimentaires


Le gouvernement invite les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à soumettre leurs commentaires au sujet des changements proposés à la loi provinciale qui régit le rôle parental et les pensions alimentaires.

Changes Will Modernize Provincial Elections


Government is making it easier for Nova Scotians to vote for their Member of the Legislature and better support those who wish to serve their communities and fellow citizens by running for office.

Statement on Affidavit


I appreciate there may be further proceedings and as such, will not comment outside the formal process.

Provincial Approach to Address Human Trafficking, Sexual Exploitation

Community Services / Justice

Human trafficking and sexual exploitation are devastating to victims and survivors, families and entire communities.

New Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer Appointed


Nova Scotia has appointed a new Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) review officer. Tricia Ralph’s appointment takes effect on March 1.

Call for 2020 Medal of Bravery Nominations

Premier's Office / Justice

The province is seeking nominations for the 2020 Medal of Bravery.

Nova Scotians Will Have More Time to File Police Complaints


In order to ensure the province’s justice system is more responsive to the needs of Nova Scotians, government is extending the timeframe for people to file complaints about municipal police.