News releases from Justice (Page 4)

African Nova Scotian Justice Institute Launched

Premier's Office / Justice / African Nova Scotian Affairs

The province is investing $4.8 million in a new community-led justice institute that will support African Nova Scotians in contact with the law and help address overrepresentation and anti-Black racism in the justice system.

Province Moves to End Injunction Against Anti-Public Health Order Gatherings

COVID - 19 / Premier's Office / Justice

The province has asked the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia to lift the injunction on illegal gatherings now that COVID-19 infections are easing and the province has moved into Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

Province Seeking Members for Next Accessibility Standard Committee


Government is inviting Nova Scotians to help develop employment accessibility standards, the next phase in work toward the province’s goal of making Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

Le gouvernement provincial est à la recherche de membres pour former le prochain comité sur les normes d’accessibilité


Le gouvernement provincial invite les gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse à contribuer à l’élaboration de normes d’accessibilité, la prochaine étape des travaux visant à atteindre l’objectif de faire de la Nouvelle-Écosse une province accessible d’ici 2030.

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 20-year-old Quintez Downey.

Province Seeks Feedback on Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act


The province is asking Nova Scotians for feedback on the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act to make sure it is working well.

La Province sollicite l’opinion des gens concernant la loi sur la capacité et la prise de décision des adultes


La Province demande aux gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse de lui faire part de leurs commentaires au sujet de la loi sur la capacité et la prise de décision des adultes (Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act) pour s’assurer qu’elle produit les résultats voulus.

Missing Person Case Added to Rewards Program


Police and government are asking for the public’s help with the unsolved missing person case of Ryan James Jessop.

Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel


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

Changes to Elections Act Proclaimed


Amendments to the Elections Act are now in force. The changes include providing new tools to make voting easier and better support those who wish to run for elected office.

Joseph Fraser Appointed New CEO of Human Rights Commission

Justice / Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Nova Scotia has appointed longtime human rights leader Joseph Fraser as the new director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The appointment takes effect April 19.

Changes to Parenting and Support Act Will Strengthen Family Justice


Changes to the province’s Parenting and Support Act introduced today, April 7, will provide more clarity and alignment with recent amendments to the federal Divorce Act.

First Purpose-built COVID-19 Compliant Courthouse Opens

COVID - 19 / Justice

Trials at the first criminal jury courthouse in Atlantic Canada built to be COVID-19 compliant will begin on Wednesday, March 31, in Dartmouth.

Legislation Will Accelerate Land Title Claims in Historic African Nova Scotian Communities

Justice / Communities, Culture and Heritage (Jan. 2011 - Aug. 2021) / Lands and Forestry (July 2018 - Aug. 2021) / Municipal Affairs (Feb. - Aug. 2021)

The Rankin government is introducing legislation that will help speed up the settling of land claims and address land ownership inequities in five historic African Nova Scotian communities.

New Legislation Strengthens Laws on Police Impersonation


New legislation will restrict access to police items, making it more difficult for someone to impersonate a police officer.

New Chair and Members Named to the Accessibility Advisory Board


Nova Scotia has appointed a new chair and vice-chair to lead the work of the Accessibility Advisory Board and welcomes several new members.

Work Underway to Transform the Courts


Nova Scotians who use the court system have benefited from technological changes introduced during the pandemic. Now a new task force will explore more ways to use technology to improve access to justice, increase efficiencies and create better outcomes.

Collaborative Supports and Housing for Women at Risk


Enhanced access to housing and supports can help women overcome barriers and make positive changes in their lives.

New Police Complaints Commissioner Appointed


Patrick Curran has been appointed Nova Scotia’s new police complaints commissioner.

Province Increases Number of Sex Offender Registration Sites


Government is committed to supporting safer communities. That is why there will soon be more sex offender registration sites to support police in conducting investigations.