News releases from Justice (Page 1)

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 / 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

Justice / COVID - 19

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 / Lands and Forestry / Municipal Affairs

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.

Online Dispute Resolution for Family Legal Matters a First in Canada

Justice / Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services

Nova Scotians now have improved access to the courts for resolving family legal matters.

Governments Establish Joint Public Inquiry in Response to April Tragedy


The joint public inquiry in response to the April tragedy in Nova Scotia has been established and the commissioners will now begin their work.

Community Crime Prevention Funding Awarded


Art and pop culture are being used by a Halifax group to fight and address the impacts of crime and violence.

Satellite Courtrooms Secured for HRM Criminal Jury Trials


Criminal jury trials will be able to resume safely in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) with the creation of two new satellite courtrooms for the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.

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.