News releases from Justice (Page 3)

Changes to Provincial Judicial Appointments Guidelines


The government is taking measures to improve the process for appointing judges to the province’s criminal and family courts.

Province Seeks Feedback on Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act


The Province is asking Nova Scotians for feedback on the Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act, legislation that came into effect almost four years ago to help protect victims of cyberbullying.

La Province sollicite l’opinion des gens sur la loi sur les images intimes et la cybersécurité


Le gouvernement provincial demande aux gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse de lui faire part de leurs réactions concernant la loi sur les images intimes et la cybersécurité (Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act), loi qui est entrée en vigueur il y a près de quatre ans afin de protéger les victimes de la cyberintimidation.

COVID Cases Reported at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility


Thirty-one adults in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth tested positive for COVID-19. None of the confirmed cases are in hospital. Several staff at the facility have also tested positive and are self-isolating.

Medical Emergency at Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility


A 41-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell at the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in New Glasgow at 1:59 p.m. today, December 10.

New Provincial and Family Court Judges Appointed


Christine Driscoll, QC, and D. Shane Russell are Nova Scotia’s newest provincial and family court judges. The appointments are effective immediately.

Members Named to Employment Standard Development Committee


Eighteen Nova Scotians will help develop the Province’s accessibility employment standards as members of the Employment Standard Development Committee.

Directive Strengthens Street Checks Ban


The Province has strengthened the existing ban on street checks to provide clearer direction to police and ensure no Nova Scotian is subjected to the practice.

Fines Increasing, New Offence Category Under Health Protection Act

Premier's Office / Justice / COVID - 19

Individuals and organizations hosting events or gatherings that ignore public health orders are now subject to penalties under the Health Protection Act.

Amendment to Cannabis Legislation Protects Nova Scotians from Unreasonable Searches


Today, October 28, the government introduced an amendment to the Cannabis Control Act to clarify the standard of reasonableness required to search a place or vehicle.

Amendments to Fatality Investigations Act


The Province is making changes to ensure timely and thorough reviews are carried out in cases of unexpected death.

Amendments to Police Act Support Partnership Opportunities for SiRT


Changes to the Police Act introduced today, October 14, will provide more clarity around partnership agreements that enable Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) to act as the independent police oversight body in other regions.

Legislation to Protect Patients, Health-Service Providers, Staff of Healthcare Facilities

Premier's Office / Justice

The Province is taking action to protect patients, health-service providers and staff of healthcare facilities from protests intended to interfere with Nova Scotians accessing hospital and other healthcare services.

Province Moves to Establish Fixed-Date General Elections

Premier's Office / Justice

Voters will soon have certainty on the timing of future provincial elections.

First Independent Review of Accessibility Act


The Province has appointed Dr. Katie Aubrecht, a disability and seniors care scholar, to conduct an independent review of the Accessibility Act.

Province to Purchase Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility, East Coast Forensic Hospital

Justice / Health and Wellness

Today, October 6, the Province advised Alderney CFF Limited that it will purchase the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility and East Coast Forensic Hospital in Dartmouth when the lease expires in 2026.

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia Create Partnership to Investigate Serious Incidents Involving Police

Premier's Office / Justice

The following joint news release was issued today, October 4, by the provincial governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia:

Two Escape from Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility


Two inmates escaped from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth at around 8:51 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23.

Le gouvernement provincial et la police apportent des changements au système En Alerte

Justice / Emergency Management Office / Municipal Affairs (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

Les situations d’urgence peuvent évoluer rapidement et, dans certains cas, des alertes peuvent aider les gens à se protéger et à protéger leurs proches.

Province, Police Make Changes to Alert Ready System

Municipal Affairs (Feb. - Aug. 2021) / Emergency Management Office / Justice

Emergency situations can unfold quickly and, in some instances, alerts can help people protect themselves and their families.