News releases from Justice issued in the specified time period (Page 41)

Time to Bring Balance to FOIPOP Costs

Justice

The Nova Scotia government needs to address the growing costs of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) Act, Deputy Premier Ron Russell said today on behalf of Justice Minister Michael Baker.

Tribunal Recommends Salary, Benefits for Judges

Justice

Justice Minister Michael Baker has received a report on the recommended salary and benefits for judges. The report was provided by a three-person independent tribunal which was established under the Provincial Court Act.

Justice Minister Baker Pushes Nova Scotia Agenda

Justice

A federal government promise to create a National Sex Offender Registry has been welcomed by Nova Scotia Justice Minister Michael Baker.

Report on Institutional Abuse Released

Justice

A report on the government's response to institutional abuse was delivered to Justice Minister Michael Baker today.

New Facility for Yarmouth

Justice

A new correctional facility will be built in Yarmouth County. Justice Minister Michael Baker announced today that the current facility -- built in 1862 -- will be replaced.

Operation Christmas Under Way

Justice

This year 17 people have died as a result of drunk driving and another 147 were injured on Nova Scotia's highways. These statistics have prompted Justice Minister Michael Baker to urge Nova Scotians to stay safe and stay sober behind the wheel this holiday season. His message will be hand-delivered to drivers by police agencies in concert with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Ministers of Justice Meeting on Counter-Terrorism

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Justice Minister Michael Baker pushed the federal government for change on a number of fronts at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers in Ottawa today. Mr. Baker is co-chair of the meeting, which is a continuation of one cancelled as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks. Much of this meeting is being devoted to counter-terrorism.

Volunteer Protection Act Introduced

Justice

Legislation that protects volunteers from being personally sued when acting within the scope of their lawful duties was introduced in Nova Scotia today. The Volunteer Protection Act provides limited protection from civil lawsuits for volunteers working with non-profit organizations.

Youth Justice Act Introduced

Justice

A new Youth Justice Act was introduced today to ensure Nova Scotia is in line with federal changes. The act, introduced by Justice Minister Michael Baker, replaces the Young Persons Summary Proceedings Act and ensures consistency with federal legislation.

Fatality Investigations Act Introduced

Justice

Justice Minister Michael Baker today introduced the Fatality Investigations Act, which will change the way sudden or unexplained deaths are investigated in Nova Scotia. The act replaces the Fatality Inquiries Act. It updates and clarifies the legislation governing the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

New System for Justices of the Peace

Justice

Changes are coming to Nova Scotia's justice system.

Domestic Violence Act Introduced

Justice

Victims of domestic violence will be able to apply for emergency protection orders under new legislation brought forward today by Justice Minister Michael Baker. The Domestic Violence Act allows victims to apply to justices of the peace for 30-day orders for temporary possession of the home or bank accounts or for orders that direct an individual to avoid contact with the victim.

Report and Response Released

Justice

A justice learning centre will be created in Truro in response to Dawn Russell's report on the Framework for Action Against Family Violence. The centre will provide training for justice personnel and will feature domestic violence training that focuses on protocols for interagency co-operation.

Streamlining Court Processes

Justice

Legislation that should help to streamline the court process was brought forward today by Justice Minister Michael Baker. The Electronic Evidence Act is a new law that sets out rules dealing with electronic data. The Costs and Fees Act is being amended to give staff the ability to waive court fees when specific criteria are met.

Correctional Facility/Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Opens

Health (To Jan. 11) / Justice

JUSTICE/HEALTH--Correctional Facility/Forensic Psychiatric Hospital Opens

Name of Inmate Released

Justice

Russell James Feltmate, a 43-year old resident of Goshen, Guysborough Co., has been identified as the inmate who died this morning in St. Martha's Hospital, Antigonish.

Death Occurs at Antigonish Correctional Centre

Justice

RCMP and the Department of Justice are investigating the sudden death of an inmate in the Antigonish Correctional Centre.

Escapee Still at Large

Justice

Three offenders escaped from the Kings Correctional Centre in Waterville at approximately 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

Minister Receives Report on Family Violence Framework

Justice

A report examining the status and relevance of the Framework for Action Against Family Violence was delivered today to Justice Minister Michael Baker. Dawn Russell, Dean of Dalhousie Law School, and Professor Diana Ginn, also of Dalhousie Law School, provided the independent assessment.

Night Court Coming to Cape Breton

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Cape Breton will soon have its own night court.