News releases from Justice (Page 3)

Consultation on African Nova Scotia Justice Plan Starts in May

Justice / African Nova Scotian Affairs

The Province is taking an important step in addressing systemic racism in the justice system by developing an African Nova Scotian Justice Plan.

Des changements à la loi sur le rôle parental et les pensions alimentaires renforcent le droit de la famille


Des changements législatifs visant à mieux aider les familles qui vivent une séparation entreront en vigueur le 1er avril.

Parenting and Support Act Changes Strengthen Family Justice


Legislative changes to better support families dealing with family separation will come into effect on April 1.

Missing Person Case Added to Rewards Program


The 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 disappearance of Matthew Simon Harrie.

New Application Process for Judicial Appointments Open


Nova Scotia lawyers who want to be provincial court judges can now apply under the Province’s new application process.

Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act Review Complete


The Province has completed its review of the Adult Capacity and Decision-making Act. It was filed with the legislature clerk's office today, February 25.

Halifax Homicide Case Added to Rewards Program


The 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 Joseph (JoJo) Beals.

Lawyers Appointed to the Queen’s Counsel


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

Public Safety Personnel Online Therapy Program Launches

Justice / Office of Addictions and Mental Health

A new program aimed at improving the mental health of Nova Scotia’s first responders and other public safety personnel launched today, February 8.

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.